Friday, April 22, 2016

Essentials for Your First Living Room On a Budget

Moving into your first place is a great first time experience. For most of us though it has one thing in common, in most cases we are just starting a new stage in our lives. 

At this stage many of us are also trying to watch our budgets. So making sure that we have everything that we need while staying within that budget may seem impossible. If you know what essentials, you really need though instead of want it is totally do-able.

Since this is your first place, maybe all you need is a little help and guidance. So we have come up with a list of essentials that may keep you within that budget while still making that living room look great. Just keep in mind you can save even more if you choose to buy second hand as well, but that choice is yours.


You definitely need places to sit and places for company to sit too. If you are not planning on a lot of company just occasional a couple of chairs in lieu of a couch may be optional. If you are planning on more, but are tight on room you could opt on a loveseat and a chair or two.


You may have ceiling lighting, but you may not always want that much lighting, so a lamp or two depending on size of room should be efficient.


If you want a great way to add some flair to your living room an area rug is a great simple way to do so.  It also helps keep your feet warm if you have hardwood or tiled floors.

Simple Accent Pillows

Another budget friendly way to add comfort and décor is accent pillows. They come in many different styles and in most cases available at affordable prices.


Another dual purpose item, it serves as part of your décor as well as keeping you warm on a chilly night relaxing.

Dress It Up with Artwork

You want to give people something to look at. So you need some art work on those walls. Unless you are an art collector, there are some great ways to find artwork at a great price. 

Go to second hand stores, art festivals or local budget friendly home décor stores. You can find some great deals online as well, just make sure the measurements fit your needs.

Table or Tables

Typically, it is ideal to have two accent tables and at least one coffee table. So you have a place to set your lamps as well a place for people to set their drinks or etc., while they are visiting you. choose your table material on use. Glass can be broken but is easily cleaned if there is spills. 

Wood is more warm and beautiful, but don’t handle any liquid well. You can end up with water rings and more easily.

Personal Décor

The cheapest but most important to add to your rooms décor. You may have personal items that speak to who you are. You want them out and about, easiest way to display is on shelves. You could display on accent tables as well or a mantle if you have one.

Those are just the basics on what you should have in your living room when first starting out. Buying new or second hand is your call. 

Buying second hand also helps by saving room in a local dump. If you buy from some place where money goes for helpful programs, even better. If you choose to buy new just do your homework before purchasing and make sure you are getting the best deal you can.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Learning about Ventless Fireplace

Are you renovating your home and want to install a fireplace? Or do you just want to change the aesthetics of your living room? Why not consider a ventless fireplace as opposed to a traditional fireplace? Read on to learn what is a ventless fireplace.

What is a Ventless Fireplace?

As the name implies, a ventless fireplace is a freestanding unit that does not have a chimney or a flue to exhaust the combusted air to the outside atmosphere.  These ventless fireplace rely on the indoor air for combustion and exhaust the combustion gases into the area they are located. They are powered by either natural gas or propane or electricity.

Ventless fireplace became popular in the United States in the 1980s as they are easier to install and are less expensive than the conventional fireplace. However, each state  has specific regulation with respect to the safe operation within the household.

Type Of Ventless Fireplace 

Ventless fireplace are an economical alternative to the traditional fireplace. In adding to décor and a design element to the home, they are normally installed in locations where an actual fireplace cannot be installed. The different types of vent fireplace are as follows:

Ventless Gas Fireplace  

This type of utilizes natural gas or propane as the fuel.  They are linked to a line which provides the fuel.  These come in a variety of style and designs and tend to be more costly than the other ventless fireplace.

In terms of providing the best secondary heating source, this Ventless Gas Fireplace is far superior than the types of vent free fireplace. However, it must be worthwhile to mention the safety aspect of this unit type. They can produce a host of safety concerns such as carbon monoxide poisoning and physical indoor air sickness.

Ventless Gel Fireplace 

These are fueled by a gel like substance, which normally comes in can. The gel substance can smell like burning wood can be irritable to person suffering with allergies and asthma. 

This  type comes in a wide range of style and including wall hanging units. They require the lowest maintenance and it has the cheapest form of fuel source. 

Ventless Electric Fireplace

Regardless of the name, these units do not produce any real flames. They use their fuel source to produce heat. Electric fireplaces can be mobile and compact and need an electric output to power them. They are generally cheaper than gas fireplace.

Ventless  Fireplace- Pros and Cons

Now we know what are ventless fireplace and the three different types, let us consider the positive and negative features of these units.

Positive Features

  • Hot air rises.  Traditional fireplace lose more than 50% of their heat when the hot air is lot up the chimneys and flues. As vent free fireplace have no vent, the heat remains circulated in the installed area inside the house and such as provides more heat than a conventional fireplace. 

  • Ventless fireplace are smaller units and as such are cheaper and more affordable than a traditional fireplace.

  • Being smaller units and not requiring chimney, vent free fireplace are easier to install and can be installed against any open wall.

Negative Features

  • Vent free fireplace are thought  to be a potential health risk. As  there is no chimney to exhaust the combusted air to the outside atmosphere, the combusted air is exhausted to the surrounding indoor location. This can lead to an accumulation of carbon monoxide and other gases in the breathable air. In additional to aggravating persons suffering with headaches, eye irritation, chest congestion and coughing bouts.

  • It is advisable to install carbon monoxide monitors and oxygen detection sensors in the area when installing ventless fireplace. These safety devices will automatically shut off the fireplace if the emissions go above a certain value. However, these additional device can add to the initial cost of the units. 

  • Fire needs oxygen to burn and these fireplace are not really meant as a primary source of heat. As such they should not be on  periods longer than one hour or the manufactures specifications as they can deplete the oxygen from the room.

  • Water vapor is released from the different units and this can encourage the growth of mold or mildew in the walls.

Final Verdicts 

Ventless fireplace  can add home décor aesthetic value to a living area giving it a warm and cozy feeling. They are cheaper and easier to install than a conventional fireplace but it must be remembered that they are not primary source of heating.

Before consider purchasing a unit, it is advisable to check your local sate agency to determine the applicable regulations. Also ensure a certified is hired to install the unit. Ensure the correct size type is purchased with add the necessary devices and additions. 

In conclusion you are more aware of what is a ventless fireplace and  can make a more informed decision. Ventless fireplace offer a great deal of convenience and home décor. Why not jazz up that living space?