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I absolutely adore flower gardens. Whenever I want to relax and view nature in one of its most beautiful forms, I sit in or near a flower garden. Smelling the aromatic fragrances of roses always instantly improves my mood. Do you have a flower garden on your property? If you don’t currently have a flower garden, consider starting one this summer. If your knowledge about flowers is limited, visiting a local home and garden center is a great idea. An expert at this kind of business establishment can help you pick the varieties of flowers that grow best in your part of the country. On this blog, I hope you will discover the easiest types of flowers to grow in a backyard flower garden. Enjoy!


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Interested In Adding Supplemental Heat To Your Home? Important Information To Help You Choose The Right Fireplace Option

by Amelia Sutton

With another frigid winter soon to come, homeowners are already beginning to think about any problems they may have encountered during the previous heating season in an attempt to prevent them from happening again. One of the most serious problems experienced during extreme winter weather is the loss of heat due in the home due to a power outage or furnace failure. 

In periods of bitterly cold temperatures, homes without a properly functioning heat source can quickly become too cold for families to remain in safely. In addition to discomfort from chilly interior temperatures, older family members, infants, and young children may succumb to dangerous hypothermia more quickly than healthy adults will. Homeowners who want to protect their family from this type of risk may find that adding a fireplace for supplemental heat is a goal they want to accomplish before the beginning of winter. If you are one of these astute homeowners, this information will help you choose the right fireplace and installation type to supply safe, efficient supplemental heat in your home for the coming winter. 

Adding a gas log to an existing wood-burning fireplace 

If your home has an existing fireplace opening that has been used for wood fires in the past but is no longer operational, adding a simple gas log to the opening is a simple, inexpensive way to enjoy supplemental heat without making major changes in your home. When considering this type of fireplace option, remember to ask about safe venting to see if the existing flue will be sufficient for this purpose or if you will need to install a dedicated vent. 

Adding a freestanding gas fireplace in an appropriate room

Experts advise that families gather together in one room to conserve heat during winter power outages or when waiting for heat sources to be repaired. When considering the installation of a freestanding gas fireplace for supplemental heat, it is important to choose a room that will be suitably sized to house all family members comfortably during an emergency situation. A family room or large living room may be a good choice. 

Because most freestanding gas fireplaces are designed to use stainless steel pre-fabricated flues that extend through the roof, they can be more easily installed in homes that lack a chimney or those that do not have a usable chimney in the room in which the fireplace needs to be located. To learn more about installing and using a gas log or freestanding fireplace as a supplemental heat source, contact a reputable fireplace dealer in your area who specializes in both sales and installation.