When you think of a fireplace, you immediately think of winter. Bfut the most important season for your fireplace is actually the summer. That’s because the fairer part of the year is an excellent time to get projects done, ensuring you have a stunning fireplace ready to create ambiance and warmth in the cooler months.
Here are some projects you can take on this summer for your fireplace.
1. Add a Fireplace with Mantel to Any Room
That classic fireplace look isn’t complete without a proper mantel. Mantels have been a décor staple for centuries, taking on a variety of designs. Electric Fireplaces Direct offers fireplace mantel packages that encompass several different designs, including:
- Mid-Century Modern
Each one of our mantel packages offers realistic flame effects that mimic a real fire without harsh smoke and flames. Click the button below to learn more about fireplace mantel packages.
2. Convert from Gas or Wood-Burning to Electric
If you’re tired of the mess and hassle of gas or wood-burning fireplaces, perhaps it’s time to consider electric. The first thing on your mind when considering converting to electric is probably the shift from flame, to flame effects.
The flame effects in an electric fireplace use high tech methods that will have you doing a double take.
- RGB coloring
- Projection technology
- Water vapor that mimics smoke
- Adjustable flame settings (speed, color, intensity, etc.)
- Ember bed details (what’s at the base of your fire including logs, faux ashes and embers)
Electric fireplaces are standouts compared to gas and wood-burning when it comes to ease of installation and use, little to no maintenance, they are better for the environment, and they’re cost effective.
The conversion itself depends on your current set up and the electric fireplace you choose. For the most part, you will be able to select a fireplace insert that can slide right into your existing fireplace opening.
Learn more about conversion from gas or wood-burning on our blog.
3. Up Your Game with a Linear Insert
Whether it’s inside your living room or outside in a covered entertainment area, linear fireplace inserts give you all the modern fireplace feel and supplemental heat in a less invasive installation. There are three main types of linear fireplace inserts to choose from:
A fully recessed electric fireplace, like a traditional fireplace, is placed in your wall after corresponding section has been cut out of the wall. You won’t be able to see the sides of the fireplace but the front will be fully in view.
A partially recessed fireplace, like the fully recessed, goes into the wall a few inches. That means the front and part of the sides will stick out beyond the wall slightly. This is usually a good choice if the unit is deeper than the wall or you are working around wiring or pipes.
Go for a surface mount unit if you’d rather not cut into the wall. Just like hanging a picture on the wall, surface mount units can be hung easily and produce the same designer look.
These inserts are available in several different styles with unique customizations to fit your home’s interior or exterior. Want to learn more about fireplace inserts:
4. Do Some Cleaning
Cleaning your fireplace keeps it looking great all year long. You’ll also get rid of any dust and debris, which is great for your health and your indoor air quality.
The three main fireplace types are wood-burning, gas-powered, and electric fireplaces. Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to clean each fireplace type:
Wood-burning fireplaces provide you with that classic fireplace ambiance. Ash, soot, and other debris accumulates in the fireplace and around the hearth area. To clean your wood-burning fireplace, follow these steps:
- Combine ¼ cup of a heavy cleaner, 1 gallon of water, and dish soap in a large bucket.
- Remove any excess burnt wood and ash as well as the andirons and grate from the hearth area.
- Sweep or vacuum any remaining ash or debris from inside the hearth area.
- Using the cleaning solution, scrub the inside of your fireplace with a stiff-bristled brush. Work from the top down and repeat this process a couple of times if necessary.
- To clean brick surrounds, scrub any dirt and debris with a scrubber coated in a dish soap solution. Use that same dish soap solution to clean your andirons and tools. If your fireplace has glass doors, clean them with paper towels and the glass cleaner of your choice.
For the most intensive cleaning, hiring a professional is recommended. And make sure to check your product’s manual for more specific cleaning and maintenance information.
Gas-powered fireplaces are cleaner than wood-burning fireplaces but gas-powered fireplaces will accumulate grime and residue over time. To clean your gas-powered fireplace, follow these instructions:
- Turn off the gas valve and let the burners cool completely.
- Vacuum any dust and debris from the vents and hearth area.
- Dust off the logs with a paintbrush or cloth.
- Wipe the glass doors with a paper towel and the glass cleaner of your choice.
- Clean any andirons and tools with dish soap and water.
- If your product comes with plated parts, use a glass cleaner or vinegar and a towel to clean it.
For in depth cleaning, hire a professional.. Refer to the product manual for more specific cleaning and maintenance information.
Electric fireplaces are cleaner than wood-burning and gas-powered fireplaces, but they still need routine cleaning. To clean your electric fireplace, follow these steps (based on the type of unit you have):
- Make sure the unit is turned OFF and is unplugged, and the heating elements of heater are cool whenever you are cleaning the heater.
- Clean trim on your unit with a soft, clean cloth and warm water. Don’t use household cleaners or metal polishes, these may cause damage the metal trim.
- The motors used on the fan and flame generator assembly are pre-lubricated for extended bearing life, meaning no extra lubrication is needed. However, periodic cleaning/vacuuming of the fan/heater and air intake/output vents is recommended.
- Clean using a soft cloth and soapy water.
- Don’t use metal polish or harsh household cleaners to avoid possible damage.
- Use glass cleaner and cloth. Dry and buff with a clean paper towel or cloth.
- Never use harsh or abrasive cleansers that could etch or scratch the surface.
- Vacuum heater vents to remove dust and dirt.
- Gently wipe with a cloth and a pH neutral solution of dish soap and warm water.
- Never use harsh or abrasive cleansers that could scratch or etch the surface.
5. Schedule a Safety Inspection
No matter which type of fireplace you own, you should always schedule an annual safety inspection. During a fireplace inspection, the inspector will clean and check the various parts of your fireplace for damage/faults, including the:
These inspections will eliminate any dirt and debris buildup while mitigating the risk of costly repairs, carbon monoxide leaks, and other dangers associated with operating a fireplace.
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