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Fireplaces are a Favorite Amenity and a Reliable Heat Source- Providence, RI

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 12, 2014

Wood burning fireplaces allows your living space to be more comfortable. They add extra heat to homes and rooms to keep you from being cold while relaxing after work in the fall and winter But they also add an extra touch of beauty to any house. Fireplaces also help cut down on energy costs because they are more cost-effective than other heating appliances that are dependent on fossil fuels. For these reasons, wood fireplaces have become a favorite amenity and a reliable heating source in many houses in Providence.

No other heating appliance can offer the same kind of cozy warmth from a fire that fireplaces in Providence, RI can provide. They must be strategically located so that they can offer safe and efficient heating but also so they can be the perfect place for you and your family and friends to gather.

With a wood burning fireplaces extreme cold weather will not be able to keep you from enjoying relaxing with your loved ones even in the extreme cold of Northeast winters. The room with the fireplace will become your sweet resort when the worst kinds of winter storms hit. They will even keep you warm when the electricity goes out.

For more information on choices of fireplaces for your home, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Fireplaces Serve as a Safe Source of Heat and a Favorite Feature in Homes - Seekonk, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 08, 2014

Fireplaces in Seekonk, MA are designed to heat homes efficiently during a cold weather. Apart from providing a cozy atmosphere where you can relax and be comfortable especially during fall and winter, they are also perfect in delivering an appealing visual effect to the room in which they are located.

The necessity of having a reliable, more efficient and more economical source of heat during the long cold months has caused the demand for fireplaces to increase in Massachusetts. Due to modern technology, there are now fireplace models that are not only beautiful, but they also meet and exceed your expectations regarding effectively providing clean and safe heat. Fireplaces are very much able to improve the interior design of many homes.

The cost of heating homes climbs during the fall and winter. But with fireplaces, everyone is able to save money while still keeping their homes at a comfortable temperature. As an excellent source of heat, wood burning fireplaces are a great addition to every home, warming a room in just a matter of minutes. Even though they are often associated with the wintry weather, fireplaces can actually be used most of the year, in many locations in Massachusetts, especially on the Cape.

While providing warmth, fireplaces have become a focal point in many homes. You can find plenty of choices at The Fireplace Showcase.

Wood Stoves and Inserts are Environmentally Friendly

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 06, 2012

Many believe that fireplaces and wood stoves, even though cozy, may not be great for the environment. But this is not necessarily true. All you need is the right equipment and proper burning techniques.

1. If you have a traditional fireplace, consider a fireplace insert. A fireplace insert is like a wood-burning stove that fits right into your fireplace. EPA-certified models burn 70% more efficiently than an open fireplace.
 
2. Upgrading to new equipment could save you money. If your fireplace insert or stove was made before 1992, you might want to consider a newer, EPA-certified model. These stoves and inserts not only produce less smoke and soot, they're also 50% more efficient than traditional models. So, you'll end up spending less on fuel.
 
3. Burn the right kind of fuel. The cooler your fire, the more particulate emissions and soot it produces. Ensure that your fire is hot enough by using only wood that has been "seasoned" for at least a year, and hard woods burn hotter than soft woods. Most importantly, never burn wet wood. Pellet stoves generally burn cleaner than wood.
 
4. Skip the home chimney-cleaning remedies. For newer model fireplace inserts and stoves, a professional chimney inspection and sweeping about every two years is recommended, or one cleaning for every cord of wood burned. But if you have older equipment, or if you regularly burn wood that isn't properly seasoned, you could end up needing a sweeping much more frequently.

Increasingly more and more homeowners are using pellet stoves and wood burning stoves and inserts as a primary source of heat. For more information on these products, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

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Fireplace Inserts Enhance Your Home and Save on Energy Bills

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wood burning fireplace inserts are more efficient than traditional wood burning fireplaces. If you have a working fireplace in your home install a wood burning insert if you want to save money and energy.

Fireplace inserts are energy-efficient and an easy and effective way to update the look of your home. By using a fireplace insert for heat, there is very little energy wasted, so the heat produced effectively heats your home. Thus, you save money on your heating bill.
 
Fireplace Inserts also come equipped with blowers, fans and thermostats which increase their efficiency and convenience. With these features, inserts help lower utility bills while they add charm to your home.

With a wood fireplace insert you still get to enjoy watching a real wood fire flicker in your hearth. But you can relax even further while you watch knowing how an insert will improve the efficiency and style of your existing fireplace giving you convenience, beauty and efficiency.

Contact Fireplace Showcase for more information on Fireplace inserts. And retweet our blog, too. 

Working Fireplaces Increase Home Value

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 14, 2011

If you are remodeling your home or building a new home, be sure to add a fireplace or fireplace insert. A working fireplace adds value to your home, and is considered a plus to home buyers.

Fireplaces and inserts can be fueled by natural gas, pellets, or wood and all these fuel sources have their advantages and disadvantages.

Many homeowners are interested in green heat, or alternative home heating solutions. So pellet and wood fireplace inserts are very desirable. Both pellets and wood are considered renewable energy sources and are economical. You will surely set your home apart when it comes time to sell by talking with potential buyers about the lower home heating bills and higher heating efficiency of your home.

Gas fireplace inserts are generally easier to use with less mess and effort. Controlled by a thermostat or remote control, gas fireplace inserts are convenient and beautiful.

But, whichever fuel source you choose to run your fireplace or fireplace insert, one thing is certain; working fireplaces add atmosphere and ambiance to any home. New home buyers love the idea of a working fireplace, they certainly make your home more enticing.

If you are remodeling for your own enjoyment, a room with a fireplace adds a whole new dimension to entertaining. Click “fireplace inserts” for more information from Fireplace Showcase.

Fireplace Screens and Doors Bring Beauty and Safety to your Fireplace

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Spruce up your hearth with fireplace screens and glass doors. Ensure that your new fireplace fits seamlessly into your décor with fireplace screens and doors.

Fireplace Showcase has a wide variety of arched fronts, cabinet door frames, screened cabinet doors and filigree panels. Fireplace doors and screens protect your home from shifting logs and embers. But they are decorative as well. 

Let your hearth be a focal point rather than a hole in the wall. Fireplace screens and doors are a decorative, safe and cost effective solution that will add personality and style to your fireplace. If you have a working traditional fireplace, take a look at decorative fireplace screens and doors and turn your old fireplace into a conversation piece.

If you want to use your fireplace safely, increase the ambience of your room, and heighten the attractiveness of your hearth. Let Fireplace Showcase help you.

Increase Home Value by Adding a Fireplace or Insert

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 17, 2011

If you are remodeling your home or building a new home, be sure to add a fireplace or fireplace insert. A working fireplace increases your home value, because it is considered a plus to home buyers.

Fireplaces and fireplace inserts can be fueled by natural gas, pellets, or wood and all these fuel sources have their advantages and disadvantages.

Pellets and wood are considered renewable energy sources and are economical. If you’re goal is to save on heating bills and to make your home more energy efficient, pellet or wood is the fuel of choice.

Gas is easier to use with less mess and effort. Gas is controlled with a switch or a remote control, so when you want a fire, you can have one with the flick of a switch. Gas is also easier, because there is no storing or fire wood or pellets.

Whichever fuel source you choose to run your fireplace or insert, one thing is certain; working fireplaces add atmosphere and ambiance to any home. New home buyers love the idea of a working hearth and they make your home more enticing. If you are remodeling for your own enjoyment, a room with a burning fire adds a whole new dimension to relaxation and entertaining.

Buy a New Wood Stove or Insert on the Tax Free Holiday

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 03, 2011

August 13th and 14th is the Massachusetts Tax Free Holiday Weekend. This is the perfect time to shop for a new pellet or wood burning stove or fireplace insert.

Wood burning fireplace inserts can warm up a room and increase heating efficiency. Wood Inserts have closed insulated doors which slow down the fire and increase its temperature which results in increased energy efficiency. They also have added features like blowers, fans and thermostats. Together, they provide a good way to help lower utility bills as well as adding charm to any room.

Wood burning stoves provide warmth, charm, and efficiency and are a renewable source of energy. Wood burning stoves put out an efficient, comforting dry heat. Wood burning stoves look great in old and modern homes alike and are a great alternative to a standard fireplace. Wood burning stoves come in many styles and finishes and match any kind of décor.

At the Fireplace Showcase we carry a very broad selection of wood, and pellet stoves and inserts including models from Quadra-Fire, Napoleon, Monessen and Vermont Casting. Our showroom is the largest in the area as is our inventory. Also, we cater to both the home owner and the contractor.

Chimney Maintenance Tips For the Fall and Winter

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We don’t think about it too much in the warm weather, but we should. Your home's fireplace and chimney can be a major source of cold air leaks and other issues in winter. So the chimney and fireplace need to be checked out before winter comes along.

If it has been a long time since you had your fireplace chimney cleaned, you should have it done by a professional chimney sweep. Definitely not a DIY project.

  • Be sure that the chimney is clear of any nests from birds, squirrels or other animals.
  • Check flue damper operation. Make sure it opens and closes fully, and that it is able to be locked in the open or closed position.
  • Check chimney draft. Make sure the chimney will draw up the fire and smoke properly. Test this by taking several sheets of newspaper and rolling them up. Then with the fireplace damper in the open position, light the newspaper in the fireplace. The smoke should rise up the chimney. If it doesn't, you have an obstruction and need to call a professional in to clean the chimney of creosote and ash and possible debris.
  • Also, have the fire brick in the fireplace inspected. If you see any open mortar joints have them repaired immediately! A fire can spread into the stud wall behind the masonry fire brick through open mortar joints.
The Fireplace Showcase is your one stop shop for all services and products related to chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, inserts, and hearth accessories.  We can install, maintain and repair your heating appliance or fireplace and chimney system.  

Summer is the perfect time for Chimney Cleanings and Inspections

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 03, 2011

Summer is just around the corner and thank goodness we aren’t using our fireplaces for a while. This is the perfect time to schedule your chimney cleaning or inspection.

A clean chimney is a safe chimney. The type of wood you burn plays a large part in if you need to have your chimney cleaned. Burning green, wet wood makes your chimney need cleaning more often than dry, seasoned wood. However, chimney sweeping is an unregulated business. For this reason, people need to ask some questions, understand more, and be very vigilant when contracting someone to clean their chimney.

Your chimney should be cleaned and inspected every year to ensure that it is functioning properly, free of blockages, and safe for use. Additionally, if you are purchasing a new home, you are surely having a home inspection, consider a chimney inspection as well.

Even if you don't plan to use the fireplace, you should still have an expert inspect the chimney to make sure there aren't any leaks. If you are using central AC or heating, air could slowly escape through the chimney, leading to high utility bills. There are many potential dangers with chimneys, the most obvious problem in an older home being deterioration. The chimney itself or the flue liner could be slowly decaying. If you are planning on using the chimney, you want to fix a decaying chimney so gases cannot leak into your home and to keep flames and sparks contained within the fireplace and chimney.

At Fireplace Showcase our trained, knowledgeable, and licensed technicians have the knowledge and experience to handle any job, big or small.


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