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Though summer stretches well into September, it's never too early to start preparing for fall, winter and the inevitable temperature plunge. Meaning, you should start thinking about heating your home, preferably in the most energy-saving (and money-saving) way possible.

The good news: Unlike summer, when heat and humidity force many people to run their A/C systems almost non stop, less extreme temps during the colder months leave home owners some wiggle room when it comes to keeping the house warm and saving energy at the same time. Wood burning and gas powered fire places are excellent ways to raise your home temperature while lowering your energy bill, so let's take a closer look at the benefits and practicality of both.

Wood Burning Fireplace or Stove
Other than blankets, a wood burning fireplace is one of the oldest and widely used methods of keeping a home warm in the winter months. Wood burning fireplaces can warm up a whole level of a home on just one log every few hours. Even if your home was built without a traditional fireplace, you can still reap the benefits of wood burning heat by using a wood stove. A wood burning stove can be installed in the room of your choice and is sure to add extra warmth and charm.

Gas Burning Fireplace
For those of us who are concerned with indoor air quality or simply do not want to bother with piles of wood, kindling and uncooperative matches, there are always gas fireplaces. A gas fireplace can look like a traditional, in wall wood burning fireplace but uses gas instead of wood. These types of fireplaces are easy to use, extremely energy efficient and provide the same amount of heat as their wood burning counterparts. Gas burning stoves are also available and can be installed in a room, just like a wood burning stove.

Whether you are looking to save on your energy cost, keep warmer or both, a fireplace or woodstove is the way to go. Not only do they provide extra warmth for less money, they also add a dash of old world charm to any room. To learn more about the benefits of fireplaces and wood stoves, contact Michael & Son. And be sure to to peruse all the top brands and manufactures at

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