A fireplace is a great addition to the inside décor of any home. Of course, there are practical and safety considerations that need to be looked at as well and having some solid background information will help you to make the right choice. People looking to install a fireplace often look at the variety of inserts on the market. As the name implies, these fit into and cover the original fireplace. These pay off with increased efficiency while retaining some of the more traditional characteristics like the original mantle. These inserts can burn a variety of fuels including propane and natural gas and vent through the existing chimney. Quality inserts are made of stainless steel or cast iron and can be used as a zone heater to help with winter heating costs. If you’ve decided to set your new fireplace in another location, then the direct vent option might be more to your liking. These are the cost efficient choice for homes and apartments that don’t have existing fireplaces that would take an insert. They fit into walls or other locations and have contemporary, clean lines. One of the advantages to these models is the direct vent draws air from outside so it doesn’t use any warm house air. The standalone insert is one of the more aesthetically striking choices. These provide warmth to the rooms they are placed in without any major renovations required. Generally vented through the roof, there are a variety of outside models to choose from as well. Finally, electric fireplaces represent the most convenient choice for a number of reasons. Many of these fireplaces only need to be plugged in to start working. They are low maintenance and the 40-watt candelabra light bulb often only needs replacing once every two years. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated business servicing Guelph and the surrounding areas. You can see their fine selection of fireplaces at http://www.napoleonfireplaces.com/ and http://www.continentalfireplaces.com/ or call them at 519-837-2351.