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Q&A: What To Look For When Purchasing A Fireplace

When you’re in the market for a fireplace, there is a lot to consider before making your final buying decision. Whether you are replacing an older fireplace in your living room or installing a zero-clearance gas fireplace into your brand new home, it’s important to find a fireplace that fits the needs of your home and your family.

Q: What Fireplace Suits My Home The Best?

When it comes to choosing the right fireplace, it’s good to begin with determining the kind of installation that will be required in your home. When purchasing a gas fireplace consider that there are three main installation types: zero-clearance gas fireplaces, gas inserts, and freestanding gas stoves.

Zero-Clearance Gas Fireplaces

Are you renovating or building a new home? Valor Gas Fireplaces are designed to be installed in new construction projects or when renovating your home. These kinds of fireplaces can be installed just about anywhere in the home, usually requiring a direct vent installation.

Gas Insert Fireplaces

If you own an existing wood-burning gas fireplace it may be time to replace it with a reliable, heater-rated Valor gas insert. Our industry-leading gas insert products boast state-of-the-art comfort controls, a wide selection of distinct designs and impressive heat performance.

Freestanding Gas Stoves

Transform any cold, tiresome space with an efficient, vibrant Valor gas stove – an economical, environmentally-conscious fireplace that will last for many years to come. With several design options, Valor stoves nestle comfortably in cold basement spaces, abandoned inglenooks and tight room corners.

Q: What Is My Style Preference For My Fireplace?

Style is a significant point to consider when you’re making a big purchase such as a gas fireplace because it’s something that will be in your home for a long time, so you need to make sure it’s something you love. You’ll find that you can customize your fireplace down to the smallest of details which will help your fireplace fit into the look of your home whether it’s pre-existing or is a new build.

Fireplace Design Center

Valor makes bringing your fireplace designs to life easy with the Fireplace Design Center, where you can build a custom Valor Gas Fireplace that can be designed to fit your home and style perfectly.

Q: What Are Some Must-Have Features?

Modern fireplaces provide a number of technological and energy-efficient features for your home. Here are just a few of the features currently offered with a Valor fireplace:

Radiant Heat

Every Valor fireplace provides efficient, radiant heat. Rather than directly heating the air, Valor gas fireplaces emit heat through its glass and spread warmth as it is absorbed by people and furniture within a room. This is unique compared to hot air systems which simply put warm air into rooms without heating objects.

AutoFire™ for Inserts

AutoFire dynamically tunes your fireplace for peak performance and improved efficiencies. Higher outputs and less fuel consumption will result in energy savings for your home.

HeatShift™ – Protect TV’s and artwork above the fireplace

Valor’s unique HeatShift™ system transfers convective heat upwards through hidden ducts and directs it back into the room, completely bypassing walls and surface areas around the fireplace. Enjoy the peace of mind that surrounding walls, artwork, electronics, and construction materials stay cool and are protected.

Zone Heating

Zone heating with a Valor delivers the perfect blend of radiant and convective warmth while being more economical and efficient. Distribute heat to other areas of your home such as bedrooms, hallways or utility rooms or targeting specific areas that you frequent the most – where you want it, when you want.


The answers to these questions will be crucial in the decision process as they will allow you to find the perfect fireplace for your home. Valor Fireplaces offer a range of zero-clearance, insert and freestanding models that appeal to any style of home and come equipped with time and energy-saving features you won’t find anywhere else.

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