Approximately 70 percent of fireplaces are now gas burning. It’s easy to understand why! Whether an insert, fireplace, free-standing heating stove or log set; gas-fueled heating appliances offer homeowners with a host of benefits.
If there is one primary reason homeowners choose gas hearth appliances, it’s convenience. Gas fireplaces, heating stoves and logs provide effortless flames. There’s no wood to haul, stack, or light. Enjoying a fire is as easy as flipping a switch or pressing a button!
Lower heating costs.
Gas fireplaces are the most efficient hearth appliance. They range in efficiency from 65 to 99 percent. This means the majority of the heat produced by the fire helps to warm your home. Because of their efficiency, gas fireplaces can lower your home heating bills by as much as 25 percent!
One of the biggest advantages gas fireplaces have over their wood or pellet-burning counterparts? The ability to control the heat of the flame. With a wood fire, it can be difficult to generate the right amount of heat to create a comfortable temperature in your home. However, with a gas fireplace, you can control the height of the flame to control the heat output. Gas fireplaces and heating stoves can even be wired to a thermostat so the flames ignite, extinguish, or adjust automatically to maintain your ideal temperature.
Gas fires are safer than wood fires. With gas fireplace, you don’t have to worry about shifting logs or flying embers. This could pose a burn hazard to people or pets who are too near the fire, or that could ignite nearby furniture or flooring!
Better indoor air quality.
When you’re burning wood in any form, the smoke that’s generated releases fine particles into your home. Even if your fireplace doesn’t seem “smoke-y,” the truth is that wood-burning fireplace increases air pollution in your home. Unfortunately, this can be bad for your health – and create complications for people with asthma, allergies, or lung conditions. Gas fireplaces don’t release pollution like their wood-burning counterparts, which means that opting for a gas fireplace or insert can improve you’re the air quality within your home!
Endless style options.
Because gas fireplaces require less infrastructure than wood-burning fireplace, they offer a greater variety of style options. In fact, gas fireplaces come in seemingly endless style options, from contemporary glass units with floating flames, to traditional masonry units that closely mimic the look of traditional wood-burning fireplaces.
If you’re ready to realize the benefits of a gas fireplace in your home this winter, now is the time to start exploring your options! Visit one of FireSide Hearth & Home’s three showrooms today to see some of your gas fireplace options in action. In addition, you can speak to one of our fireplace experts to help find the gas fireplace that’s right for your home.