Don’t be left in the cold.
Here’s how to choose the right fireplace for your home.

Whether you’re dreaming about a gas, electric or traditional wood fireplace to warm your Blue Mountains home this winter, there are many factors to consider when investing in a fireplace, especially when it comes to style, functionality, & even budget.

One consideration you may not have flagged is that timing is of the essence when it comes to choosing, ordering, & booking the installation for your fireplace, before the Blue Mountains winder chill sets in. As the local pool becomes busy in summer, so does the market for heating during winter.

Here’s what to consider in making the right (& efficient) choice with your fireplace.

Wood fire, Gas fire or Electric fire?

This will be largely based around your Blue Mountains lifestyle. Gas heaters are a convenient, efficient to heat & clean option which is perfect for the busy household.

For a dry heat & loads of ambience, wood fireplaces are perfect for long, slow burns throughout the day & night, especially if you spend a lot of time at home. They can however, be high maintenance requiring time (& muscle power) to stack the fire with wood, light & clean regularly. Wood fires without a fan also take a little longer to heat a space.

If you’re looking to heat a smaller space, such as a bedroom or office, an electric fire provides a lovely atmosphere. However, it is best to ensure there is a primary source of heating such as hydronics or reverse-cycle air conditioning.

Not all fireplaces are built the same.

It is very important to factor in whether your new fireplace is to be a primary heat source.

The size & layout of the area to be heated, along with the positioning of the fireplace & fluing requirements should also be considered. Contemporary, open plan spaces, tall ceilings, insulated roofs, walls & floors & older Blue Mountains houses are all different when it comes to heating efficiency. You may also have an existing chimney that you would like to use, a tight space to install into or a particular visual style in mind.

With so many things to consider, it’s best to get a professional to guide you to the best fireplace for your Blue Mountains home. It is important to Thornton & Blake that their experienced team fully understand your home & your heating needs to make the best recommendations, therefore bringing photos &/or a floorplan to your consultation, if you have them, makes a wonderfully efficient resource.

Thornton & Blake represents more than 20 major brands including Jetmaster, Kemlan, Morso, Pacific Energy Regency & Modern Flames Electric Fires, with over 180 options to choose from. Their Leura, Blue Mountains Showroom features up to 20 fires on display, you can even see & experience a selection of fully installed & functioning fires for yourself. Once you’ve chosen your fire, the team will put you in touch with a licensed tradesperson to ensure a professional installation.


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