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New Gas Fireplace Installation Image - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & HomeYou’ve made your decision: You’re ready to increase the warmth, comfort, ambiance and look of your home with a new gas fireplace. Making that decision is the easy part. Now, you will have to decide what style, type and heating capacity you want for your gas fireplace. The decision can seem overwhelming.

Fortunately, you don’t have to make the decision on your own! Let the fireplace experts at FireSide Hearth & Home help you choose your new gas fireplace. As you begin to weigh your options, there are a few things you will need to think about to help us find you the right fireplace.

What do you want from your new gas fireplace?

First, you will need to determine what you want to get out of your new gas fireplace. Are you looking to upgrade your home’s décor? Do you want to increase the energy efficiency of your home by using your new gas fireplace as a source of heat? Would you like to decrease the environmental impact of an existing, inefficient fireplace? Once we understand what you’d like to get from your fireplace, we will be able to narrow down the types of fireplaces you should consider.

How will you vent your new gas fireplace?

Of course, when you consider a new fireplace, you will have to consider how to vent it. With gas fireplaces, you have three primary options. If you have an existing hearth, a gas fireplace insert can be installed and vented through your existing chimney. If your fireplace will be located on an exterior wall or with easy access to the roof, you can consider a direct-vent fireplace. Direct-vent gas fireplaces use one pipe to pull air in from outside to help fuel your fire and another vent to exhaust all of the fireplace’s gases. If you are installing your fireplace in an area that is inconvenient for a chimney or vent, you can explore a vent-free gas fireplace. Vent-free gas fireplaces can be installed nearly anywhere in your home.

What features do you want in your gas fireplace?

The newest gas fireplaces come with a variety of features. They can be remote controlled for easy use. They can be wired to a thermostat to help keep a constant temperature in your home. Some gas fireplaces feature adjustable fans that can help control the flow of heated air into your home. Knowing which features are most important can help you narrow down your search for the right gas fireplace.

What style fireplace are you looking for?

FireSide Hearth & Home carries gas fireplaces to suit any home’s style. They can be sleek and modern, with floating flames or gas rocks. They can be traditional and classic, closely modeling the look of a wood-burning hearth. You can choose an unconventional shape, such as a circle or elongated rectangle. Gas fireplaces can be installed indoors or outdoors, as a see-through feature between two rooms or as a wall feature.

If you are ready to enjoy your new gas fireplace this fall, schedule an appointment with FireSide Hearth & Home today. We’ll talk to you about your gas fireplace preferences and help you find the one that’s right for you!

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Gas logs: Vented versus vent-free

Gas logs can be a fantastic way to bring the warmth and glow of a wood-burning fireplace to your home without the work of maintaining a wood fire. When you install gas logs, you can enjoy a cozy fire with the flip of a switch or the push of a button! Made of ceramic or refractory cement, gas logs come in two varieties: Vented or vent free.

Vented gas logs

Vented gas logs are installed into an existing wood-burning fireplace. When burned, the logs produce carbon and soot that draft up your chimney as it wood with a traditional wood-burning fireplace. Vented gas logs produce the most realistic flame pattern, with yellow flames that leap in a random pattern around the logs. The realism of the logs can be enhanced by placing the logs on a bed of sand and rock that add the look of glowing embers.

Vented gas logs must be burned with the chimney damper open, meaning much of the heat of the gas logs escape up the chimney. Vented gas logs provide about the same heat output as a tradition, open-hearth, wood-burning fireplace. Because of the output of smoke and soot, fireplaces outfitted with vented gas logs require the same cleaning and maintenance as a wood-burning fireplace. Chimneys and fireplaces must be swept and inspected each year to avoid a potential fire hazard. However, any smell or carbon dioxide produced by the fire is exhausted up the chimney.Gas logs, vented versus vent-free - Royal Oak MI - Fireside hearth and home

Vent-free gas logs

Vent-free, or ventless, gas logs can be installed in an existing open-hearth fireplace and burned with the damper closed, or in a separate firebox approved for use with gas logs. One major advantage to vent-free gas logs is that they be installed in virtually any room or along any wall, as chimneys or ducts are not a consideration. The major advantage to vent-free gas logs is that all of the heat of the fire is returned to the room, rather than being lost up the chimney.

However, the logs do produce a less-realistic blue flame with a pre-programmed burn pattern. Additionally, the primary byproducts of the fire are carbon dioxide and water vapor. The amounts of carbon dioxide introduced to a room by vent-free logs is generally recognized as safe, though if logs are burned for more than an hour, a window should be opened to allow for better venting. The water vapor also can cause moisture or mildew to build up within a room.

FireSide Hearth & Home can help you decide!

If you’re considering gas logs for your home, talk to the experts at FireSide Hearth & Home. We can help you weigh the pros and cons of both vented and vent-free gas logs, and help you determine which type of gas logs is right for your home!