As we inch closer to the start of the school year, that means one thing for families – summer is coming to an end. But the good news is, the fun doesn’t have to stop! You can extend your time outdoors with unique fireplace options available at Wyckoff Heating & Cooling. From outdoor BBQs with friends to relaxing summer evenings on your patio, you can gain additional months of outdoor entertainment with a relatively small investment.
Why should I invest in an indoor-outdoor fireplace?
As a family-owned and operated business for more than 65 years, we know how temperamental Iowa weather can be. However, lengthy spring and fall seasons equate to numerous, and often unexpected, opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. One of our fastest growing trends, indoor-outdoor fireplaces can lead to more time spent with family and friends.
What are the benefits?
Today indoor-outdoor fireplaces offer versatile, cost-effective options to fit nearly any home design. Many styles of fireplaces are available, from brick, stucco or granite designs to sleek, contemporary models in glass, ceramic or even metal. Homeowners can select a color and design that coordinates with the overall theme of the home and serves as a transition to your outdoor space. Fireplaces can be versatile and even portable. If you decide to go with an electric model, the fireplace can be taken down and reassembled as needed, allowing you to choose the fireplace location that day. Last and certainly not least, indoor-outdoor fireplaces trap heat rather than expel it through a chimney, in turn providing heat your entire family can enjoy.
What questions should I consider when selecting my fireplace?
- Where should I install my fireplace?
A wood burning, gas or propane-operated indoor-outdoor fireplace will need to be installed in an exterior wall that opens to your outdoor living space. You will need to select the location carefully to ensure appropriate use of space. If this is not an option in your home, a portable fireplace can be a good alternative.
- Do I want a gas or wood fireplace?
There are many options for fuel depending on the type of fireplace you select. A traditional wood-burning fireplace may be utilized but will require a chimney. You can also choose from gas, propane or electric options – just be sure to keep the price of fuel in mind.
- Do I need a permit to install an indoor/outdoor fireplace?
Fireplace installation requirements can vary from home to home and city to city. Check with your subdivision, association or city staff for complete details prior to purchasing a fireplace.
How much does fireplace installation cost?
Indoor-outdoor fireplaces can start as low as a few hundred dollars, based on quality. A new traditional fireplace can cost thousands of dollars before factoring in installation. Contact a Wyckoff representative today for your free estimate.