Aside from keeping the warm air from escaping, the doors act to keep the hearth clean just as a fireplace screen used to do in the olden days. With the doors closed, ashes and embers don't scatter about the room, keeping the carpet or rug clean and scorch-free. The doors also have built in devices that divert air towards the bottom of the fireplace. These vents make the fire burn brighter and easier to light.
Modern fireplaces over the years have become sophisticated and elegant in their designs as well as eliminating the need for cleanup or wood storage. Some great improvements with the growth of free standing fireplaces and wall mounted fireplaces is that they come in so many different styles offering great choices for any room in the home. Choosing a fireplace that is minimalist or one that is more traditional, will enhance any design style of the home you are adding this great heating option. Today's modern fireplaces are very sleek, stylish and futuristic in their designs. Whichever style you choose in a fireplace, it will definitely change the way the space looks and feels.