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Why People Love Gas Logs

Gas fireplaces have outpaced traditional wood-burning fireplaces as a home amenity. In fact, many homeowners are augmenting their hearths, and their homes, with gas logs. Here’s why so many people are loving gas logs.

Convenience

Gas logs have become a convenient alternative to traditional wood fires. With gas logs, you press a button or flip a switch, and you are instantly enjoying a roaring fire. Some gas logs can even be programmed to help maintain a certain temperature within a home. Gas logs create a warm, glowing hearth without the work required to build and maintain a wood fire.

Realism

Gas log technology has come a long way. The newest generation of gas logs have an incredibly realistic look, making them difficult to distinguish from a wood-burning fire. Ceramic gas logs are cast with axe marks, forks, and knot holes. They also come in several different varieties of wood, so you can get the exact look you desire.

Ease of Installation

Gas logs can quickly upgrade any hearth. One reason gas logs have become a popular option for homeowners is because they are so easy to install. Nearly any existing hearth space or room can be outfitted with a set of gas logs; all it takes is a working gas line and, potentially, a chimney.

Versatility

Gas logs are an incredibly versatile hearth appliance. Of course, they can be retrofitted into nearly any existing hearth space. But gas logs also can be fitted into nearly any room in your home. Gas logs require little space, so they can be build into nearly any room. Gas logs also come in vented or vent-free varieties. That means you can install a fireplace in nearly any room in your home, even rooms that can’t be equipped with chimneys or that allow for little clearance.

Efficiency

As far as fireplaces go, gas fireplaces, including gas logs, are as efficient as you can get. All gas logs create little to no particulate matter, which means gas logs won’t pollute the air in your home or your neighborhood. They also burn little fuel, which make them a cheap and efficient heating option.

Affordability

Gas logs are also affordable! Fireplaces are a desirable addition to any home, but installing a brand-new fireplace, complete with a hearth and a chimney, can be costly. Gas logs provide a cost-effective way to upgrade your existing hearth or install a new fireplace in your home.

If you are ready to upgrade your home with gas logs — whether it’s overhauling an existing fireplace or installing a new fireplace — stop by one of FireSide Hearth & Home’s four showrooms. You will be able to see the different types of gas logs available and talk to one of our hearth experts about having gas logs installed in your home. With some help from FireSide Hearth & Home, you can be enjoying your gas logs this fall!

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Which type of fireplace is right for you – wood, electric or gas?

Are you looking to upgrade your hearth? The first questions you’ll ask when shopping for a new fireplace is: Which type of fireplace is the best? The most common options when it comes to hearth appliances are wood, electric or gas. Each of them bring different advantages, and it all depends on your lifestyle and habits when deciding which type is right for you.

Wood-burning fireplaces

Which type of fireplace is right for you — wood, electric or gas - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & HomeWood fireplaces are usually the traditional choice since they provide a great deal of ambiance with their gentle warmth and glow, and the woodsy scent. However, many homeowners leave their wood-burning fireplaces unused because they do require a lot of work. A wood fire means procuring, stacking and hauling firewood, as well as building and tending a fire.

While other homeowners prefer wood-burning fireplaces or fireplace inserts as they provide a cheaper way to heat their home. If you cut and prep your own firewood, then this can fuel your fireplace for cheap. And purchasing firewood is also fairly cost-efficient for heating your home. Open-hearth wood-burning fireplaces provide little heat to your home while letting 90 percent of the heat escape. A wood-burning fireplace insert provides a similar look with a closed system, and it burns the wood effectively while also returning the that heat back into your home.

Gas fireplaces

Recently, gas fireplaces have become a popular option for new homes. It’s because gas fireplaces are convenient to use. With a gas fireplace, you can enjoy a fire without having to procure the fuel or build and tend that fire. Thanks to direct-vent and ventless gas fireplace technology, they are safe to use anywhere within your home.They are also incredibly efficient at heating your home. The newer models do an excellent job of mimicking the look of a traditional wood-burning fireplace, so you get the traditional look of a wood fireplace without all the work.

Electric fireplaces

Like gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces allow you to enjoy a roaring fire without putting in all the work. Electric fireplaces have easy installation, and they don’t require any ventilation either. Electric fireplaces can be built into the wall to create a more traditional hearth look, or they can just be mounted on the wall for quick, easy installation and portability.

If you’re looking for the best fireplace option for your home, stop by one of FireSide Hearth & Home’s four showroom locations! Our experts can show you various types of fireplaces in action, answer your questions about each types of fireplaces, and help you choose the best fireplace for your home and your lifestyle.

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