Fireplace Heating Myths Debunked

Will an open fire leave your home more cold and frosty than warm and toasty? Get the true facts on fireplaces before lighting those logs.

As the weather continues to grow colder, picturesque dreams of chestnuts roasting on an open fire may dance in your head. And you're not the only one coveting cozy nights cast under a warm glow.
Unfortunately, in addition to a cozy ambience, fireplaces also elicit concern about safety-hazards, air pollution, inefficient heating properties, and laborious maintenance needs. Not quite the makings of a festive Nat King Cole song.
But do the pros outweigh the cons? Can a wood-burning fireplace really heat your home sufficiently? Are these structures simply a house fire waiting to happen? The key is to decipher the difference between fact and fiction. Plenty of conventional wisdom regarding fireplaces is flat-out wrong, or at least misleading. Here's the truth behind some of the commonly held fireplace misconceptions.
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Take your home to the next level in this exciting stage of life. You’re a decorating pro now, so add your creative touch to neglected spaces and pieces. Mattresses, major appliances and family sofas deserve a reset! Splurge on a superb furniture set you’ve had your eyes on and add hand-touches here and there to make your house always feel like home.


Keep It Fresh: Swap out throw pillows, replace curtains and update hardware to easily refresh spaces around your home. The little changes will make big differences.
Design a spare room sparingly. Bring furniture pieces that never quite had quite a home in other areas of the house into a spare room and create a room that fits your favorite hobby and the occasional guest, too.
Get Funky: Find statement pieces with personality to easily breathe life into a vacation home.

Organization & Cleaning

Get creative! Arrange a gallery wall in your hallway for a fresh way to organize keepsakes and pictures.

Donate any furnishings you haven’t used within the last two years to help make room for new purchases.

Do a run-through of your home and replace any appliances and home goods past their prime.


Make your house home for the holidays with chic, yet affordable additional seating and stylish accessories. Host a potluck meal by sending an e-vite to friends and family, encouraging them to bring a dish. An open home is often times the most important part of making a great party happen.

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