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With tax season drawing to a close, many families are already planning what they can do with their tax return. No matter how large or how small the check, it can be difficult to decide whether to spend, splurge, or save with a tax return.

This year, consider reinvesting your tax return in your home by upgrading your fireplace.

A fireplace upgrade can add beauty and style – as well as value – to your home. Below are a few of the ways you can use your tax return to upgrade your fireplace this year:

  1. Remodel the fireplace. An outdated fireplace can dampen the design of your entire home. If you love your fireplace – but hate the way it looks – consider having the fireplace remodeled. Fireplace remodels allow you to create a hearth that better matches your design style; likewise, remodeling allows you to customize the fireplace to your specific taste. A remodeled fireplace updates the look of your entire home and can add value to your home.
  2. Change fuel sources. The best fireplace fuel source for your family often comes down to personal choice; some prefer the ease of gas, others favor traditional wood, and others still enjoy burning pellets, coal, and more. Changing the fuel source of your fireplace allows you to have a fireplace that better meets your family’s personal preferences and heating needs. If changing fuel sources, you may need to have your chimney relined in order to safely vent with the new fuel source.
  3. Install a new insert. Whether they burn gas, pellets, or wood, fireplace inserts are an efficient heat source that can save money when compared to older fireplaces and stoves. Because they operate using closed system combustion, inserts burn more efficiently, using their fuel source completely and creating less waste. Many inserts can be installed directly into your existing hearth, saving money on installation costs.
  4. Add new accessories. Upgrading your fireplace doesn’t have to mean a major construction project; adding new accessories can be a fast, easy, and cost-efficient way to change the look of your fireplace. Installing new glass doors, for example, can improve safety and efficiency as well as style. Likewise, decorative grates and screens can add additional style – and be easily changed with the rest of your décor.
  5. Complete annual maintenance. While it may be less glamorous than a fireplace makeover, fireplace maintenance is no less important. Set aside part of your tax return to cover regular fireplace maintenance such as chimney sweeping, inspections, or waterproofing. These services can help extend the life of your fireplace system and keep it burning safely and efficiently for years to come.

Don’t forget about your fireplace system when your tax return arrives. Instead, invest in your home by upgrading your fireplace with your tax return. For more information on all the ways you can upgrade your fireplace system, contact ChimneyTEK today!

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