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How To Choose The Right Fireplace For Your Home Design

November 20, 2020

How To Choose The Right Fireplace For Your Home Design

On cold Canadian winter nights, fireplaces offer cozy ambiance spots for families to gather and enjoy. Most house plans have a fireplace incorporated into the home design meant to accommodate families' desires of warmth and the glow of a burning flame. This is true for most living rooms, but you may find fireplaces in other spaces such as dining rooms, outdoor living spaces, and master suites.

Fireplaces, from A-Plus Quality HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, not only provide heat and light but make our homes beautiful. It is, therefore, necessary to find the right spot to include a fireplace in your home. Fireplace designs are broad and when choosing the right design for your home, you need to consider the heating functionality and the aesthetic of your home. Below are considerations when choosing the right fireplace for your family, lifestyle, and home design.

What Do You Want to Achieve?

As a homeowner, how do you envision a perfect fireplace from A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area? Do you want it to be the centerpiece of a room or flow with the rest of your decor? Figure out what goals you want your fireplace to help you achieve. Whether that be just increasing your home’s value or making a cozier space for your home, it is important to understand what your needs and wants are for having a fireplace in your home. 

What is Your Budget?

The most important consideration when deciding the best fireplace for your home design is your budget. Whether you want a simple or an elaborate fireplace with trims and finishes, be sure of all the costs involved.

What Type of Fireplace Do You Want?

Fireplaces come in all different sizes, shapes, and types. This includes traditional wood, gas, and electric fireplaces. In recent times there has been a strong trend for gas fireplaces in Toronto. Some of the most significant advantages of using a gas fireplace in Toronto is the efficiency in installation. It also requires minimal maintenance since there is no soot.

Another draw towards a gas fireplace in Toronto is the convenience of instantly switching it on. Gas fireplaces provide radiant heat with a hearth flame. Hence, they don't bring inconveniences popular with other methods.

Where Do You Want to Place It?

The location of the fireplace provides a dramatic effect to the whole house. For everyone's convenience, the best spot is in the living room where friends and family can converge. For people who would prefer more than one fireplace, the outdoor patio and master suite are great options. Each section of your home has its own style; therefore, it is important to decide on where you want your fireplace to be in order to choose a design that fits the specific room.

With the winter approaching just around the corner, a gas fireplace from A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, would be a great addition to your home. Not only can your family cozy up around it, but it will add some character to your home for the holiday season. At A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, we have collection of gas fireplaces for you to choose from. Contact us today to speak with a specialist about selecting the right fireplace for your home.

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    Just as the name implies, a “mini-split” system is a “split system” however available in smaller capacities, for single room to whole house conditioning. Mini-split systems may range from as small as 9,000 BTUh per hour, comparable to say, a small window AC unit, for individual room use, up to 4 and 5 ton capacities for “Room By Room” (also known as “Zoning”) and whole house conditioning. With near universal design, mini-splits are “heat pumps” which provide both heating and cooling for a home. Here are key advantages when compared to traditional split systems:

    Efficiency- Mini-splits are highly engineered systems which offer attractive operating efficiencies, in many instances, eligible for utility company rebates.
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    Solar friendly- Due to very low power requirements, mini-splits are an ideal complement to “Net Zero Energy” homes, or any home using renewable power.
    Carbon footprint- Mini-splits are 100% electric, with zero operating emissions of any type.
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