If your home feels like a glorified tent in winter, you need to try to improve your insulation first
During the winter months there's nothing like a roaring fire to make a house feel like home or to make guests feel welcome.
Ellisha Gronlund from Thornton & Blake says it's very important to choose the right fire for your space with many factors to be considered.
"If your home feels like a glorified tent in winter, you need to try to improve your insulation first," Ms Gronlund said.
"Because no matter how good a fireplace is, it isn't going to heat a room that isn't energy-efficient.
"At the very minimum, seal up the leaks and, if budget permits, upgrade insulation and glazing to get the most out of your fireplace."
Ms Gronlund said a vital step that people often skipped was to spend a few minutes defining what your fireplace needs are.
Is it to be a primary heat source? Is it to add an aesthetic element to a room? Is it both? Your answers to questions like these will help guide you to the best fireplace for you.
Other factors that impact on your ideal choice of fire can include: size of the area to be heated; gas or wood fired; built-in or freestanding; the best place for it to sit; flueing requirements; traditional or contemporary styling; and so on.
"Thornton & Blake will guide you through all of these considerations to help you decide on the right fire for you," Ms Gronlund said.
"We have been supplying fireplaces to Blue Mountains residents for more than 15 years so our expertise - combined with the extensive range of options we have available - ensures that you will find the exact fire to suit your space."
Thornton & Blake represents more than 20 major brands including Jetmaster, Kemlan, Morso, Pacific Energy and Regency Fires.
And with more than 180 model and size options to choose from Thornton & Blake is your one-stop-shop for fires this winter.
The Leura showroom has more than 20 fires on display, many of which are working so that you can see and feel the effect for yourself.
Once you've chosen your fire, they will put you in touch with a qualified installer for a professional installation to ensure you are delighted with the final result.
The Thornton & Blake showroom is at Units 5-8/59 Megalong Street, Leura. Details: 4784 3999 or go to www.thorntonandblake.com.au.