Nashville has had its first snow, schools are delayed or closed, and if you look out your window the chimneys up and down your street will be letting out smoke, because who doesn’t love a fire in the fireplace this time of year?
What you may not know: about half of the 40 million homes constructed in the U.S. since 1973 were built without a fireplace, and yet consumer study after homebuyer survey indicate that the majority of people want one and are willing to pay extra to have it.
If you have a fireplace in your current home, make sure you regularly inspect and service it for safety. We have previously featured tips for fireplace and furnace safety here.
For homeowners considering adding a fireplace to their existing home, House Logic has answers to the key questions you need to ask to determine if a fireplace is right for you.
If you are looking for an immediate fix today, there is always the option of a “virtual” fireplace. Create a digital fireplace with YouTube videos and apps that can stream to your TV! This article from TechHive.com lists some of the top options for the digital experience.