Zone Heating

12 12 2010

These days everywhere you go you hear the terms eco-friendly, green, energy-efficient, etc.  We all want to do our part to save the environment, and when it comes to heating your home “going green” also means putting more “green” back in your wallet.  It’s a win-win situation, and here’s one way of doing it – Zone Heating.  Zone heating is an excellent way to add a little more “green” to your home’s résumé, save some money on your heat bill, and once and for all end those family thermostat wars.  Allow me to explain….

The majority of homes in America use a forced air central heating system.  Now, regardless of the type (gas, propane, oil, electric, and so on) they all distribute air through a series of ductwork.  These ducts may be made of sheet metal or plastic flex and can be insulated or un-insulated. Some common disadvantages of this framework are leaky ducts, uneven heat distribution, and wasted energy going to ductwork in attics and crawl spaces.

An advantage of forced air central heating is that it efficiently works via a thermostat, but while I might favor a comfortable 68 degrees my significant other might continually (and quite subtly) raise it to a tropical 76.  Another major advantage of this system is that it quickly heats up the entire house.  However, I’m guessing you probably don’t spend the majority of your time in the laundry room, bathroom, or spare bedroom(s). So, why are you spending money heating those areas?

Zone heating offers a practical solution to these dilemmas by only heating the rooms in which you live.  This strategy may easily save you 30% or more on your energy bill as a result of the overall decrease in your fuel consumption.

You have many, many options for which type of hearth product to install, including fireplaces or fireplace inserts that may burn a variety of fuels, such as firewood, natural gas, or propane.  FPX makes almost 25 different models to choose from, which can be overwhelming to say the least.  All of our wood models are energy-efficient and qualify for the $1,500 Tax Credit towards biomass burning appliances.  (Just a side note; this tax credit is only good for purchases made through December 31st, 2010, so if you’re considering a wood fireplace or insert act fast.)  Our GreenSmart gas models are efficient, self-adapting, and offer an adjustable turn down rate to provide you with your ideal comfort zone. (Please read the article on GreenSmart to learn more…we’re quite proud of this technology.)  Some models also have optional heat ducts so you can vent heat into adjoining rooms. FPX ‘s electric fireplaces make a quick,  easy, and beautiful addition to any room requiring a low BTU space heater, and they make a great holiday gift…hint, hint.

An FPX specialty retailer can guide you through the process of determining which product is right for you.  Be prepared to answer these questions:

  • What is the square footage of the zone you wish to heat?
  • What fuels are readily available in your area?
  • What is your design style?
  • What type of central heat do you have?
  • What is the age and construction of your house?

Just think, soon you could be sitting around the kitchen table on a chilly winter’s eve enjoying dinner by the warmth of your new gas (or wood) insert, and all the while your mind is at ease because you know your home is more efficient and that next heat bill is going to be a few dollars less.  And let’s be honest, you don’t miss the sound of that pesky furnace cycling on and off either.  Visit www.FireplaceX.com to find your local Zone Heating expert.





Electric Fireplaces

21 11 2010

Do you live in an apartment or condo?  Have you always pictured a fireplace in your living room or bedroom, but don’t have the time or budget for a big re-model project? Are you looking for an elegant alternative to a space heater?  Do you live someplace warm where having a “real” fireplace just doesn’t make a lot of sense?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, an electric fireplace is right up your alley.  Here’s what we love about our electric fireplaces…

  • You can install one anywhere in your home in less than an hour; all you need is a standard wall outlet.
  • The built-in 5,000 BTU heater is great for zonal heating.
  • They operate at 100% efficiency – every bit of power goes into heating your home.
  • The pulsating logs and ember bed combined with a unique light filtering technique create a realistic flame that can be enjoyed even when the fan is turned off.
  • The glass does not get hot so they’re safe for small children to be around.
  • You have MANY options of our designer faces to choose from to customize the look of your fireplace.
  • You can control EVERY feature from the comfort of your couch via the hand-held remote control.  Check out how many features there are!
  1. Thermostat setting              4.  Accent Light Dimmer
  2. Sleep Timer                         5.  Air Purifire® Speed (564 E Only)
  3. Flame speed                        6.  Audio System Volume Control (21 E Only)

Let’s take a quick peek at the two heater models of electric fireplaces we have.  We’ll let you decide which one is right for you.

21 E shown with Black Classic Arch Face

 

21 E Electric Fireplace

The 21 E is a portrait style fireplace inspired by our famous Bed & Breakfast gas fireplace.  This electric fireplace is the only one to include a built-in audio system.  We’ve given you the capability to plug in any mp3 audio device to the speaker system so you can listen to your favorite songs while staying warm and enjoying the ambiance of the dancing flames. There’s even a handy USB port so you can charge your audio device as well.  You won’t find such a unique combination of features anywhere else.

 

And, here’s a little perk…through December 20th, 2010 we’re giving you a FREE iPODSHUFFLE with the purchase of your 21 E!!!

564 E shown with Matrix Face

 

564 E Electric Fireplace

The 564 E is a traditional landscape style fireplace that includes the Purifire® clean air system.  You have three installation choices to finish off the 564 E:  (1) Install it in a freestanding cabinet,  (2) Build it into an existing wall, or (3) Install it as an insert into an unused masonry fireplace.

 

 

 

Click HERE to read more and to find an FPX dealer near you that can show the magic of these electric fireplaces in person!