Minneapolis, Minn. (PRWEB) June 19, 2012
Heat & Glo is giving homeowners a chance to win a new gas fireplace or fireplace insert in the Make Your Home a HOT Property remodeling contest. The Grand Prize, valued at up to $5,900, includes the cost of the fireplace unit and installation in the home. By entering, homeowners also have a chance to win one of 15 gift cards valued at $150 for their next remodeling project, or one of 20 “Remodel Packs,” which include handy items like a tape measure, work gloves and Heat & Glo branded shirts. All entrants also receive a $100 off coupon toward a Heat & Glo product of their choice.
Homeowners can enter on the website at http://www.heatnglo.com/ or by visiting the Heat & Glo Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HeatandGlo before August 15, 2012. Entering is fast and easy, no purchase is necessary, and the contest is open to residents of the continental U.S. who are 18 years or older. Winners will be announced during the week of August 20, 2012.
“The contest is a fun way for us to share the fact that fireplace upgrades are smart remodeling choices,” said Diane Utzman-O’Neill, vice president of marketing for Hearth & Home Technologies and Heat & Glo. “In addition to the obvious benefits of ambience and warmth, adding a fireplace can also increase your home’s value and heating efficiency. The investment is relatively low when compared to other potential remodeling projects and the benefits of a gas fireplace or fireplace insert are many.”
Remodeling a room by adding a gas fireplace can cost as little as $5,000 installed, resulting in a dramatic transformation to be enjoyed for years to come. The investment is a smart one that pays, since adding a fireplace can increase the value of a home from six to 12 percent, according to the National Center for Real Estate Research. For those with existing wood-burning fireplaces, an investment of approximately $2,900 covers the average cost of a gas fireplace insert and installation, making the fireplace significantly more efficient and convenient.
About 91 percent of the cost of adding an “excellent” quality direct vent gas fireplace to a home can be recouped when selling the home, according to figures provided by Marshall & Swift’s appraiser’s handbook and the average cost of a gas fireplace, including installation. When compared to other remodeling projects that add new features to a home (vs. replacement projects), 45.9 percent of the cost of a sunroom can be recouped when selling a home, and 57.2 percent of the cost a garage addition can be recouped, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2011-12 Cost vs. Value Report.
Another benefit of gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts is reduction in heating costs. Often referred to as “zone heating,” the concept is simple. After turning down the temperature on the home’s central thermostat, the homeowner heats the areas of the home where the most time is spent with a gas fireplace – often the family or living rooms. This keeps those rooms warm and comfortable and reducing the amount of money spent heating rooms that get less use.
When making remodeling decisions, very few upgrades offer homeowners the kind of tangible benefits that are enjoyed from adding a gas fireplace or fireplace insert. For more information and to enter the Make Your Home a HOT Property contest, visit http://www.heatnglo.com/ or the Heat & Glo Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HeatandGlo.
Heat & Glo® is a brand of Hearth & Home Technologies™. Heat & Glo brings together elegance and innovation to offer hearth products with distinct design, sophistication and style that set apart virtually any room of the home. Visit http://www.heatnglo.com.
About Hearth & Home Technologies Inc.
Hearth & Home Technologies is the world’s leading provider of whole hearth systems including fireplaces, stoves and inserts, as well as furnaces that utilize biomass fuels. Its family of brands includes Harman™, Heatilator®, Heat & Glo®, Quadra-Fire® and Fireside Hearth & Home® retail stores and builder design centers. The company offers a wide variety of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable hearth products, which are manufactured, packaged and delivered with respect for the environment. Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation, the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States. Visit http://www.hearthnhome.com.