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All About Gas Fireplaces

Unless you are looking to build a new house, planning the construction of a fireplace can be very expensive. Well, not any more now, if you consider opting for a gas fireplace. If you can envision a mess free fireplace with modern looks to complete that special corner of your house, we at FireSide Hearth & Home guarantee that it will become a reality.

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Options galore

Over the past decade, American consumers have come to realize the benefits of opting for gas fires over the traditional wooden fires. For one, even if you do not have a pre-built fireplace, you can still have a fire roaring in just a matter of hours. And talking about the style, these are just as gorgeous as, if not better than your traditional hearths. If you don’t want it to occupy a huge corner of the room then you can try the portable gas stoves and you can have all the comforts of a fireplace without the hassles of a permanent solution.

Changes to expect

Let’s talk about the advantages of a gas fire. Primarily, in case you have a traditional fireplace with a chimney in your home, most of the heat escapes through the flue and only about 10% is actually retained. While this might not be much of a concern in places where there is an abundance of wood available, maintaining a pile of fire ready dry logs is not an easy task. That is where gas logs come in.

These work on the principle of gas circulation and “burn” artificial logs or crystals. Gas systems come primarily in 2 categories:

  • Vented

These are connected to the chimneys like normal fireplaces, which ensure that they work on the same principle.

  • Vent Free

These systems, with a statistic of about 95% heat retention, offer a clean burn of natural or compressed gases and do not need a chimney to be connected. However, these also come with some disadvantages. If you opt for gas systems, you will need a working gas line to your home. In case of the vent free option, you should make sure that your home has a good air supply since mild suffocation might be a problem to those with respiratory problems like asthma. All of the gas systems usually come equipped with carbon monoxide sensors which shut off the system if the CO level rises above a certain threshold; so the chances of CO poisoning are eliminated.

Transforming your fireplace

Already got an old and dilapidated fireplace lying there which simply does not provide enough warmth anymore? You could try a gas insert. These are metal boxes that leave your chimney partially or fully blocked, leading to higher heat trapping capability with the added advantage of no ash remaining; all from the comfort of your couch with a remote for controlling the flame. After all, most consumers now wish to come into a cold room, switch on the fire and switch it off while leaving.

Still confused? According to the Health, Patio and Barbecue Association of US, out of the 1 million units shipped in 2010 alone, over 650,000 were gas fueled units. Decide to join the majority today and usher in a new level of warmth into your home.

Choosing the Right Fuel Source for Heating Your Home

Choosing the right fuel source (wood, gas, or electric) to heat your home is an important step in picking a fireplace. There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing your fuel source. FireSide Hearth and Home offers electric, natural gas, and wood burning fireplaces for inside the home. Before you get started, let’s take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages to each fireplace type.

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Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces are a great choice if you lack space or viable venting placement options. Electric fireplaces produce no combustion byproducts and can be installed almost anywhere in your home. Modern electric fireplaces are very beautiful and an amazing option to an actual wood burning fireplace. Electricity is also available in every home, so you do not have to worry about installing the necessary equipment to bring a new fuel source into your home.

However, it is important to check electricity prices in your area. In the winter, it can be more expensive to heat your home with electricity than is would be to heat with natural gas or wood.

Gas Fireplaces

Natural gas fireplaces are very convenient and popular with fireplace owners. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association has found that nearly 70% of hearth products in use today are burning gas. Gas fireplaces are convenient because they turn on and off with a switch or a knob. They also heat up your home very quickly.

For a natural gas fireplace, your home must be hooked up to a municipal gas supply. If your home does not already have a hook up, this would add some extra cost to your new fireplace. Gas heating systems are larger than electric systems and require ventilation equipment to dispel the toxic gases including CO2 that are produced during the combustion process. It is also important to check natural gas prices in your area.

Wood Fireplaces

Wood fireplaces are great to have when electricity goes down and in general, wood fuel is less expensive than both electricity and natural gas. Buying wood from neighbors helps promote the local economy and arguably, wood burning homeowners tend to pay more attention to their energy consumption. Wood is also considered a renewable resource because the carbon dioxide released by wood fireplaces is recycled back into young trees

Many people believe wood burning fireplaces are less efficient and are a significant cause of air pollution especially during the winter. Wood stoves are also considered less safe.
It must be noted that all the issues, listed above, with wood burning fireplaces are all but nonexistent with newer wood burning fireplace models. Newer fireplaces can burn with 80% efficiency and are extremely safe.

We Make Your Choice Easy

The experts at FireSide Hearth & Home can help you find the perfect fireplace for your home. All we need to know is your preferences, your vision, and the space available. Our NFI-Certified installers with make sure your electric, gas, or wood burning fireplace and any attached venting system is planned and installed properly. Our experts will follow manufacturer’s specifications and make sure that your system is installed for maximum safety and performance. We are also happy to educate you on proper fireplace care so that your fireplace remains safe.

If you need a new appliance or fireplace accessory installed in your home, give us a call at (855) 769-8183 or stop by and see us! We’re here to help!