Fireplaces have always provided a homely sense of security. It is with a live fire that the best terrible ghost stories are told, it is in the fire that you can look at the fire without stopping with a glass of wine in your hand or hot cocoa. Whether in a hut in the mountains or at home in the city - the fireplace gives you a warm and cosy atmosphere. It is important to use it in complete safety.
Until recently, the fireplace was only supposed to look beautiful, building a unique atmosphere of the interior, giving it originality, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere. But now its role has changed dramatically. Traditional fireplaces are today synonymous with safety and independence. It is worth to have a device that will secure the house in case of power or gas supply interruptions.
Dark and cold house is not a very pleasant prospect, not only for the youngest members of the household. Technical failures or natural disasters in the form of tornadoes, fires or floods are linked by their suddenness and unpredictability. To comfortably survive the lack of electricity and gas, which we have no control over, it is worth investing in an alternative source of heat: a fireplace. The glow of the fire will take care not only of the light in the room, but also of the pleasant temperature.
When gas boilers and electric heat pumps fail, the fireplace is up to the task! Although Polish building law states that a fireplace cannot be the only source of heat in a house, especially nowadays it is an ideal complement to system heating. Pleasant heat beating from the fireplace will make long autumn evenings more pleasant, but it will also take care of the comfort and sense of security of the whole family.
The fireplace is also ecological. You can find appliances with EcoDesign certification, such as chimney inserts with an unusual design, stoves or ever-fashionable cast-iron goats. They are combined by their original design and the fact that they comply with national and EU environmental legislation, fulfilling the Ecodesign criteria. In turn, the most ecological and at the same time economical material to smoke in the fireplace remains dry wood from deciduous trees, such as oak, hornbeam, beech, ash, maple, birch or poplar. Wood is an excellent renewable energy source.
It is also worth noting the relatively low cost of wood as a fuel with its high efficiency. The analysis of heating costs based on fuel and energy prices from the first quarter of 2020 showed that the annual cost of burning biomass in the form of fireplace wood places this type of heating on the 3rd place among the cheapest fuels, just behind ground and air heat pumps. Given the relatively high costs of investment in a ground or air heat pump and their dependence on electricity supply, it is precisely the fireplace installation that may be the cheapest of all heating devices using renewable energy sources. A fireplace can give us independence and self-sufficiency and the lowest heating costs.