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Time to Curl Up Next to the Fireplace

Posted by Kevin Hughes on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 3:47pm.

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When you’re in the market for a new Idaho home, whether it be in BoiseMeridianEagleNampa, or Caldwell you’ll have a whole host of possibilities for layout, choices of amenities, and decisions for you to make together about what you want to include in your home.  You’re starting from scratch, so you should aim to get everything you’ve been wanting.  Go ahead!  Idaho is a beautiful place and you’ll want a beautiful home to fit right in.

The weather in Idaho can get chilly sometimes, and what better way to survive the cold than snuggled up in front of a roaring fireplace?  In fact, there’s not really a reason why you shouldn’t get a fireplace in your Idaho home – it just makes sense!  You’ll be surrounded by the lush greenery and woodlands of the American west.  It almost wouldn’t be right to move in without a fireplace to curl up in front of on those cold winter evenings or on the weekends when you have nowhere else to be and there’s a layer of snow on the ground.  It will be absolutely perfect, and you can experience quality time together around the fire at Thanksgiving, at Christmas, and during those cold, snowy days when school is out and everyone wants to play board games and drink hot chocolate with marshmallows.

But then you need to decide what kind of fireplace—gas or woodburning—what’s the best way to go?

Gas is quick, convenient, and relatively cheap. Considered one of the cleanest ways to produce heat, this type of fireplace has up to 90% efficiency—meaning how much useable heat is produced. Depending on the area a gas line can be installed fairly easily and without any cost to you (based on how far they have to divert from the main line). Hourly costs average out at 30-40 cents, which if you run your fireplace for 8 hours a day works out to cost you about 72 bucks a month.The answer isn’t simple, but once you take costs and needs into consideration it will be pretty straightforward.  A quality analysis of a good fireplace for you considers the maintenance and expense associated with it, not to mention the preferred aroma and mood you want in your home when the fire is lit.

mountains-snow-1_400Wood (depending on the type and degree of dryness) will usually burn at a rate of 5 pounds per hour. This figures to be about half of a typical bundle which costs about $5 a piece (not including delivery costs). If you were to run this fireplace for 8 hours/day, costs run up to about $600 per month. The efficiency of a woodburning fireplace is typically only 30-60% depending on the type of fireplace (EPA is more efficient, where traditional types are lower efficiency). In addition, wood needs storing in a dry place and often requires splitting before use.So as you make the decision on what type of fireplace you want, take your needs and your own capacities for fueling it into consideration. A gas fireplace provides convenient warmth at a lower cost, but is often considered fake, because it doesn’t fill your home with the earthy smell of wood and natural view of flames tickling the wood and glowing embers. No matter which one you decide on, look forward to the addition of a fireplace to your new Boise home. Quality time spent around a roaring fire is usually the stuff of movies.  Your holidays will be even more unforgettable in your new Idaho home with your fire. Check out homes with a fireplace in today's new listings in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, and more! 


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