As temperatures fall in the Kansas City area and daylight hours grow short, many homeowners are lighting up their fireplaces for added warmth and comfort. And those who aren't, are busy making plans to install a fireplace of their very own to help get them through the freezing months ahead.

When choosing which fireplace to install during your autumn renovation, it's important to keep in mind the pros and cons of the two most common types:

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Gas
Popular in most modern homes, gas fireplaces are an easy way to instantly warm your home. Gas fireplaces are great because of their ease of use (in most cases you can flip a switch and see a flame in seconds), the beauty of their realistic fires, as well as their overall efficiency (the logs are made of ceramic, and eliminate the need or waste of real wood). However, gas fireplaces can become costly due to their need for certain fuel that can often run out when used regularly throughout a bitter Midwestern winter season.

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Wood Burning
Traditional and rustic, wood burning fireplaces have been the norm for homes throughout centuries. Fireplaces that burn real wood are highly regarded thanks to the old-time ambiance they spread throughout a home, as well as giving you the choice of which wood to burn (different types burn at different speeds with varying scents). Wood burning fireplaces are also great because, unlike their gas counterparts, they require no electricity and will keep your home comfortable and warm even if the power goes out during one of Kansas City's notorious ice storms. However, while great for a number of reasons, wood burning fireplaces do require more upkeep to maintain, and additional work due to their need for real wooden logs.

No matter the type of fireplace you choose to install, Total Home Remodeling can help you find a style that fits your home and budget. Together with our friends at Fire Place and BBQ Center, our remodeling experts will have your house warmed up with a top-notch gas or wood burning fireplace this fall, that you can enjoy all winter long.

For more information on your fireplace options, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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