I just could not keep my fireplace working as it should this past Winter – as if something was critically wrong with the firepit or something. The smoke that would usually flow out through the flue would just spread into the house, which was aggravating as could be! Rather than continue with a non-functioning fireplace, I decided to research modern sources of heat that I could switch up to. Nowadays, some of the portable electric heating systems in the market can be excellent sources of heat and warmth without producing emissions. These electric systems can allow for improved indoor air conditions compared to older fireplaces. That is exactly why I intended to reduce the overall use of my fireplace anyway, and ideally replace the fireplace with numerous electric heaters around the house. I contacted a local Heating, Ventilation, and A/C company to come out and clean the ductwork first, as the initial step in my quest for improved air quality at home. Replacing the fireplace was the ultimate goal! I couldn’t tell you how often my fireplace used to backflow smoke into my home, even though professional chimney sweeps have cleaned it thoroughly! My fireplace just refused to keep the house warm enough to put up with the poor indoor air conditions that it was creating for me! These days, my fireplace serves as a purely decorative piece of the home. For a while, I considered having one of those fake fireplaces installed right into the firebox, or even an electric one. Ultimately, I went with a gas-powered fireplace that was ventless. No emissions, no ash – just a controlled fire to keep me warm through the day.