Smart Fireplaces: Innovative Fireplace Designs and Technology

The history of the hearth dates back to long before Heat & Glo got in the fireplace game, its first iteration being fire pits positioned in the middle of a room. Fast forward to modern times and the purpose of the hearth has transformed from survival to attaining dream home status. The fireplace may not be a new invention, but the innovative changes 2016 is bringing will have you looking at the hearth in a whole new light.

Smart Home
The home is only getting smarter in 2016. Modern interior design ideas revolve around working with you, and the fireplace is no exception. Function and fashion are the new expectations of home amenities.

Do you have a desire for the ambiance flickering flames offer, but no need for the heat? No problem. PowerFlow™ Heat Management Technology lets you choose where to distribute the warmth, inside or outside the home. This same advancement has also reunited a favorite pair – the fireplace and television. Above the fireplace is the ideal viewpoint for a television, but the powerful heat has prevented it in the past. PowerFlow keeps the outer glass and wall cool, making it safe to touch and to use the space above.

A truly smart home goes beyond offering options though, and is about intuitively adjusting to your wants and needs. That’s where the Intermittent Pilot Ignition (IPI) system, IntelliFire™ comes in to play. This technology monitors the performance of your ignition at all times, which not only guarantees performance, but can save you up to $10 per month on your energy bills while offering unparalleled safety and peace of mind.

Specialty Application
The fireplace may be the heart of the home, but that doesn’t mean the living room is the only place it can go. Indoors, outdoors, corners, bedrooms, basements and more all benefit from the hot designs, eye-catching glow and welcoming warmth.

We’re currently crushing on one special outdoor fireplace in particular, the Palazzo. The Palazzo features a clean, linear design that provides a contemporary focal point in an outdoor setting. The ability to install finishing material up to the firebox opening creates a unique frameless look that is built to last with marine-grade stainless steel. The industry's first remote-controlled Power Screen moves up and down for a seamless look that's both safe and easy to use, and keeps debris out of the fireplace.

The Future of the Fireplace
Just because we no longer rely on fireplaces as our sole source of heat and survival, doesn’t mean there’s no spot for it in the future. The fireplace has proven its staying power with its ability to adapt with the changing times. And with Realtor.com ranking fireplaces number one in its 2015 list of must-have home features, Houzz naming hearths and fire features as a top trend for 2016, and fireplaces being the most-desired decorative appearance product in a new home, hearths are a serious force to be reckoned with.

The times are changing. This is What the Future of Home Design Looks Like.

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