Due to the fact that South Africa is a country that is warm for most of the year, fire places are not used very often. Many homes have them because they contribute towards a homely feeling to the house. They also give a room a feeling of sophistication and high class. Due to the fact that fire places are not used often in South African homes, they can be used to place display ornaments for the room. It is a great place to put family pictures and other memorabilia because the fire place usually faces the whole room.
However, winters in South Africa can be very cold. Many people will buy heaters to help keep rooms warm. However, heaters require a lot of electricity and they contribute towards a very high electricity bill. Getting wood for your fire place is thus, a very good idea. You can get fire wood at most service stations and it is not expensive. Best of all, it will warm up the whole room without leading to a high electricity bill.
Also, lit up fireplaces contribute towards giving the home a feeling of comfort and relaxation. Having the whole family in the room relaxing after supper and giving you a chance to catch up on the day’s events is a great bonding experience. Fire places give any home a lovely cosy feeling that will create great family memories for all occupants.
For those that are not keen on having a real fire with fire wood that will eventually become ash and need to be cleaned up, a fake fire can be installed for the fire place. It is essentially a heater that is installed by the fire place and it gives you the illusion of there being a real fire. It is very easy to light up, as all you have to do is switch it on. These fake fire place heaters are not cheap, but they will be worth the money spent on them. You can find out how to have on installed through the internet. Most home decor store have them available and you can simply purchase one with them.