At the Chimney Safety Institute of America, we urge homeowners to understand how their chimney works so they can enjoy their home heating device — especially  the fireplace — to the fullest. We noticed quite a few articles over the past week that showed just how important the fireplace is from a visual standpoint.

As Jeffrey Fisher writes in The National Post, “People generally consider a fireplace to be an added bonus when purchasing a home. Whether it’s wood burning or gas, fireplaces are appreciated for both practical and decorative purposes. I always think a fireplace adds a focal point to any room and if it throws needed heat, even better.”

Over at Sustainable Life, Steve Law’s piece talks about the “romance of a wood-burning fireplace” but also includes this comment: Gas fireplaces are considered “equally aesthetic and functional.”

The Detroit News offers a lengthy piece on visually pleasing options for a unique part of the house, and the author isn’t talking about the living room couch, rather, the “wide-open fireplace mantels just begging to be decorated.”

And the Journal Times of Racine, Wisconsin has a profile on an entrepreneur who created a concept for fireplace covers.

We love it when people recognize the fireplace as an asset, and CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps can help you unlock its potential in your home — that starts with making sure the system is safe to use! Check out CSIA sweeps using our free zip code locator.