Homeowners are often torn between installing wood-burning fireplace and gas fireplace. Considering the cozy atmosphere that comes with a wood-burning fireplace, it’s common to be on the fence about installing gas fireplaces.
It’s undeniable that there’s nothing like cozying up to a warm fire on a cold day, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do just this with the newest gas fireplaces. Gas fireplaces are no longer those unrealistic, high-energy units that! If anything, they are safer and less expensive than wood-burning fireplaces!
Why Should I Get a Gas Fireplace Instead of a Traditional Fireplace for My Home?
Reason # 1: Gas Fireplaces Offer Consistent Heat Supply
Unlike traditional fireplaces, gas fireplaces do not need logs. The problem with using logs is that as the logs burn out, the amount of heat radiating from the fireplace will gradually decrease. You will also have to replace these logs art regular intervals. With a gas fireplace, on the other hand, you won’t have that problem. The fire doesn’t require tending and the heat will remain constant. You just have to enjoy it for as long as you wish.
Reason # 2: Gas Fireplaces Do Not Require A Lot of Maintenance.
Unlike traditional fireplaces, gas fireplaces are known to be low maintenance. Since they run on gas, you won’t have to deal with logs. No logs means no purchasing, no picking up, no measuring, no chopping and no storing of these logs in a dry location. You also won’t have to buy a poker or other fireplace tools. The only thing you will have to do is choose between the types of gas you’d like to choose. Typically, gas fireplaces burn on natural gas or on propane. In addition to being less expensive than propane, natural gas produces more heat.
Reason # 3: Gas Fireplaces Are Cleaner and Safer
While traditional wood fireplaces require constant cleaning from soot, for gas fireplaces there won’t even be ashes to clean up. Neither will there be smoke to clear in the house nor any chimney to clean or install. So, you won’t have to clean the fireplace up between each use. Furthermore, wood-burning fireplaces leave harmful and dangerous contaminants, such as creosote, in the house. Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, will leave no contaminants behind! The fact that gas fireplaces do not spark like wood-burning fireplaces, is another factor that makes it safer.
Reason # 4: Gas Fireplaces Are Very Easy to Control
Ease of use has to be one of the best things about this type of fireplace. Setting a fire with a gas fireplace simply entails clicking a button on the remote control! No more building a fire step-by-step and no more monitoring and tendering to it. Unlike traditional fireplaces that cannot be adjusted to the ideal temperature, the flame in the gas fireplace, and by extension the temperature, can be raised or lowered at will through the use of a thermostat and remote control. Since they feature remote control operation, gas fireplaces can also be turned off instantly from a distance in case of an emergency.
Reason # 5: Gas Fireplaces Can Be Installed Almost Anywhere
Don’t have a chimney? No problem! Gas fireplaces don’t require the installation of a chimney as they don’t expel smoke and other pollutants like the traditional wood fireplaces. They can still be installed just about anywhere – bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, outside etc.
Reason # 6: Gas Fireplaces are Less Expensive to Run
The great thing about gas fireplaces is that they don’t waste gas or electricity. Since they are able to “zone heat”, you can heat the areas of the home where the most time is spent and not waste money heating rooms that aren’t in use. Gas fireplaces can also help you save on heating costs by providing warmth during unpredictable or “in-between” weather. You won’t have to use the central heating but will still be able to keep warm. Also, if they are equipped with a specific ignition system, a gas fireplace will provide an ignition flame only when needed. It will also have a battery backup system that supplies power to spark the ignition flame in the event of a power outage.
Already Have a Gas Fireplace Installed?
If you are looking for a certified technician in the Toronto region, contact Elmridge Air Comfort. Their team of experts are always at your service and will ensure that your unit is working properly. You can even schedule annual maintenance with them and have a certified technician come in to check the burners and function of the fireplace.
One appointment a year should suffice to maintain the fireplace. But you can always get in touch with them for any questions or concerns that you have in-between.