So, you bought a new house with an old fireplace. You are probably wondering what to do with it. Should you replace it? Remove it? Fix it?
This can be a difficult decision and if you haven’t dealt with fireplaces before, it may be tough to decide where to start. Here are some factors to consider so that you are aware of all your options and have the information you need to make the right decision.
The Pros and Cons of a Fireplace
One of the difficult aspects of wood burning fireplaces is that they offer both pros and cons. They create a beautiful ambience with crackling logs and warm flames, and work when the power is out, but they also create a fire hazard and require frequent maintenance that’s often messy and inconvenient (such as chimney sweeping).
One of the first things you should ask yourself is if the advantages of a fireplace outweigh the disadvantages. If the answer to this question is “yes,” repairing it is the right decision. If the answer is “no,” you may want to consider removing it altogether or replacing it with an alternative option.
What are Your Alternative Options?
If you enjoy the idea of a fireplace but do not like the idea of open flames, there are several alternative options that you can replace your wood burning fireplace with. These include electric and gas options. Some of the advantages of electric and gas fireplaces include increased safety, enjoyable ambience, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability.
If you have decided that you do not want a fireplace in your home at all, removing it entirely is an option. You can remove the fireplace from your home and fill the space in with drywall as if it never existed!
What is the Difference in Cost?
A lot of factors contribute to the cost of the removing, replacing or fixing a fireplace. A qualified HVAC technician from Haven Home ClimateCare will be able to help you explore the cost differences. Give us a call for advice on your unique situation.
Typically speaking, the cost of removing or replacing will be higher than repairing. Having said that, the maintenance costs and cost of wood can add up over the years too, so it is important to consider all these factors when making a final decision.