Like it or not, fall and then winter is right around the corner. Depending on where you live, you will need to check that your fireplace is in good working order. In the United States alone, 41% of single-family homes have at least one fireplace; so if you need repairs/maintenance it is wise to get on the list now! Or, you may not have a fireplace and have always wanted one – now is the time to check out all the new options available. Let’s look at those:

Wood Burning: If you are lucky enough to live in an old Victorian home you probably have one or more wood-burning fireplaces. They sell logs that change the flames to different colors and diffuse different scents. There is nothing like hearing that wood crackle! But you want to be sure you have a clean chimney and an open flue before starting that fire. Most of the modern homes do not have enough draft in order to keep the wood lit so folks may go with one of the two options below.

Gas Burning: Both vented and ventless varieties are available. The beauty of the gas fireplace is you do get a real flame and many times you can turn it on and off with a simple light switch. You just need to be sure you have a gas line nearby to install one.

Electric: This really allows everyone to have a fireplace as long as you have an electrical outlet. You get the beauty of the flames without any soot or mess to clean. These usually come with a remote control that allows you to change the flame style and color (as it is not a real flame). You can also adjust the temperature of the heat that blows, allowing you to set it at a comfortable level for the room you are in. They have wall-mounted, insert style, and even tabletop models.

If you have any customers that sell or service any fireplace equipment and supplies, they most likely have co-op funds available for the brands they carry. Listed below are just a few of the fireplace-related brands in the Co>Op Connect database.

Company Name – Plan Comments
Empire Comfort Systems – The produce gas fireplaces and will reimburse up to 50% based on 2% of current year purchases.
Fireplace Products, Inc. – Funds are calculated on purchases made from 3/1 of current year through 2/29 of following year. Reimbursement is at 50%. Hampton Fire and Regency Fireplace brands are eligible.
Hearth & Home Technologies – They will reimburse between 25-50% of the ad cost. Depending on the dealer status they would earn between 1-4%. The following brands are all eligible: Harman Stoves, Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Majestic, Monessen, Outdoor LifeStyles, Quadra-Fire, SimpliFire and Vermont Castings.

To find more fireplace brands, along with thousands of other brands that may offer co-op funding to your customers, contact Alanda Hunt for a demo of the Localogy Co>Op Connect database. She can be reached at 866-323-5504 or email Alanda at [email protected].

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