You are planning to install a new fireplace in your home, but you are debating on whether to go with a wood-burning or a gas fireplace. Knowing the benefits of each type of fireplace will help you make this decision wisely. Blue Ridge Chimney Services would like to focus on the advantages of gas fireplaces, and we would like to share some of the many benefits of a gas-fueled fireplace, according to one of the leading home improvement websites, Do It Yourself .
Less Work Involved
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you have several manual chores you must do before, during, and after the fire. You have to stack and store your firewood, you have to bring your firewood in from outside, you have to manually build a fire, you have to keep adding logs to the fire to keep it going, you have to sweep up the ashes from the floor, and you must clean the ashes out of the firebox. With a gas fireplace, you do not have to do any of these things to enjoy a fire. All you have to do is turn your gas fireplace on and adjust the temperature. You will have constant heat with no physical labor.
Less Dangerous Fire Hazards
With a wood-fueled fire, sparks can fly out of the fireplace and onto furniture, rugs, curtains, and other flammable objects and ignite a house fire. You do not have to ever worry about sparks from a gas fire. Another dangerous fire hazard from burning wood is the accumulation of creosote, a natural compound formed during the condensation process, on your inner chimney walls. Highly combustible, large amounts of creosote deposits in your chimney is one of the main causes of a chimney fire.
Clean Burning and Energy-Efficient
Fewer emissions are released from a gas-fueled fire which benefits the quality of both indoor and outdoor air. You will also typically save 25% on your winter heating costs when using a gas fireplace.
Ease and Convenience
As mentioned earlier, you do not have to put in any manual work with a gas fireplace as you would with a wood-burning fireplace. Gas fireplaces are extremely easy to use by flipping a switch or pushing a button to both start and end a fire. The convenience and ease is made even greater with gas fireplace models that come with a remote control. Starting a fire from your couch is a reality with a remote-controlled gas fireplace.
Many models of gas fireplaces are equipped with a blower or a fan that circulates the heat throughout your house so that not just the area in front of the fireplace is the only warm spot in the home.
Stylish Decor Options
Gas fireplaces have many style and design options from which to choose. From traditional and classic to sleek and modern, you can easily find a gas fireplace model to fit your household decor.
Want to know more about gas fireplaces? Contact Blue Ridge Chimney Services to talk to our expert staff about your options.