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November 2013

Warm Up Next to a Cozy Fireplace

Just thinking about sitting in front of a fireplace evokes feelings of warmth, comfort and family. Maybe that's why we love them so much. A fireplace serves as a focal point in a room, creating ambiance and providing a gathering point in the home when the weather is cold and snowy or rainy and raw. A fireplace is also considered a sought-after feature that adds to a home's value, and it's never been easier – or more energy-efficient – to have one. Let's look at some of the ways you can add an touch of old fashioned coziness with a dash of 21st century style and technology.

Fuel sources. You may think that there's nothing like an crackling wood fire for ambiance. But older wood stoves and fireplaces made before 1990 burn wood inefficiently which wastes firewood, compromises your indoor air quality and creates dust in your home. They also suck the warm air out and send it up the chimney. Today's wood stoves and fireplace inserts that are certified by the EPA are smarter choices. They can reduce smoke and dust, as well as cut heating expenses.

Gas stoves and gas fireplace inserts, whether using natural gas or propane, burn very cleanly, and are a popular low-maintenance alternative to wood. They can easily be turned on or off instantly and produce more natural color flames than the blue flame they did in the past.

Electric and ethanol fireplaces are the newest addition to the mix. They burn so cleanly they don't need a vent, flue or chimney. That means you can put one in almost any room of your home. You get the warm glow of fireplace flames with none of the ash or soot.


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Thank You! We would like to thank Laura Farrelly for referring Melton Design Build to friends and family.
Ty's Tip   Clear the Air
If you turn off the bathroom exhaust fan as soon as you step out of the shower (or don't use a fan at all), you've got a mold and mildew problem just waiting to happen. Turn on the fan before you start the water running and leave it on for 20 minutes after you turn off the shower, so that it has enough time to clear the moisture out of the air. If you think you'll always forget to turn it off, installing an exhaust fan with a timer is a good investment in your indoor air quality.

Ty Melton, President Melton Design Build

See you next month!

Ty Melton


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