People are looking for an additional heat source in their home, as well the security of being able to turn on a gas fireplace in the event of a power outage.
Right now we have a lot of people calling in about fireplaces because they want the heat. It’s not so much about ambiance anymore after the last winter we had. Customers want fireplaces for heat and to supplement their heat pumps and furnaces.
Fireside recommended a Heat N Glo brand fireplace for those looking to add heat to their home.
Heat N Glo fireplaces for the most part focus on putting heat into the home. Most customers that come into our stores talk about their fireplace robbing the home of air and the heat from the fire and the furnace going right up the chimney. This can be noticed when consumers are using a vented gas log and the rooms further away from the fireplace actually get colder because that chimney is robbing the home of the heated air which the customer has already paid their furnace to heat up.
We have customers tell us all the time ‘We loved turning on our gas fireplace, but it makes us colder, makes the house colder.’ So they can’t leave it on too long, and they’re interested in reversing it so it heats them.
For gas log inserts, the choices are endless from traditional logs, modern glass, ceramic fiber stones all the way to modern tubular art.
You can be really creative with these and design your own inserts. Sometimes people don’t want the logs, but they want decorative stone and want fire coming out of the stone. There are some really neat things you can do with that.
Fireplaces have become so easy you just push a button, it lights up, and you have all the benefits of a wood burning stove. No cutting wood and upkeeping the fire. Just turn it on, and you’ve got that extra heat source.
An average 1,500-square-foot home or less is only going to need a 60,000 BTU high-efficient furnace. These fireplaces put off half of that. So imagine if you could run your furnace a little lower and put the fireplace on. You would definitely save money if you were using the fireplace or you put the gas stove in to help out the furnace.
These days, fireplaces are more about practicality than decoration.