A fireplace of any kind is a wonderful feature to have in your home. Fireplaces bring warmth to the room, encourage gathering together, and provide an atmosphere of relaxation and calm. Nothing is better than a warm, crackling fire on a cold fall or winter day.
A wood-burning fireplace provides the authentic fireplace experience: smells, sounds, heat, ambiance, and all. However, it also requires maintaining a stock of wood, storing that wood somewhere, carrying bundles into the house for easy access on the days you want to keep the fire going, and cleaning up the bark and debris left behind.
For those who want the perks of a cozy fire without the work of a wood-burning fireplace, a gas fireplace is the way to go.
There are several types of gas fireplaces to choose from, depending on your needs and budget. Gas fireplaces are desirable for a number of reasons, and they are a convenient way to heat your space and add to the decor and style of your home.
Gas inserts are fitted into your existing fireplace and are considerably more efficient than burning wood logs. Either option below will produce a beautiful, warm fire for all to enjoy.
Direct Vent: With a direct vent insert, outside air is pulled in, while exhaust and fumes are directed out of the house through the chimney. Direct vent inserts are 60%-80% efficient compared to a traditional fireplace which is 10%-30% efficient when it comes to heating the space.
Ventless: Even more efficient than a direct vent insert, ventless inserts boast a rate of 92%-99% efficiency. This option is extremely effective because there is no ventilation process involved. The heat, fumes, and exhaust produced by the unit remain inside the house, and therefore, must be monitored more closely.
A third and more cost-friendly alternative to a wood-burning fireplace is the gas log. A gas log will create the atmosphere of tranquility and the glow of a warm fire just like the gas inserts. The difference here is that a gas log does not have the ability to produce as much heat as its counterparts, making it a less efficient, yet incredibly convenient, choice. Flick a switch or push a button, and voila: a toasty warm room that’s comfortable and inviting.
Still considering whether a gas fireplace is the right choice? Here are a few more reasons that might help you make up your mind.
A wood-burning fireplace requires a lot of preparation, attention, and clean-up. The wood must be ready to burn and carried inside. Logs must be turned, moved, and replenished periodically while the fire burns. Additionally, ash and soot must be removed from the floor of the fireplace after the fire is out. Gas fireplaces require very little maintenance compared to a traditional fireplace, they produce instant heat without the prep work, and they’re designed to meet the clean-burning standards set by the EPA.
The control you have with a gas fireplace allows you to comfortably heat a 2,000 square foot room or a smaller space that requires much less heat. You don’t get that kind of control with a wood-burning fireplace!
With a wide array of styles, shapes, and design types, a gas fireplace can complement and enhance the decor of any room. These units can act as the centerpiece of the room or quietly enhance the overall look and feel of your space. Whether you’re adding a unit to your living room, kitchen, dining room, or bath, there’s bound to be a design that is the perfect fit.
There are things that you can do to make sure your fireplace stays in good condition. However, proper maintenance from a professional is recommended to ensure the safety of your home. Check out our gas fireplace maintenance tips to learn the best practices for your fireplace.
If you think a gas fireplace is right for you, contact the fireplace professionals at Ed’s Woodshed. Our experienced experts will help you make the best choice for your home and budget, and our professional technicians will install your new fireplace to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for your entire household.
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