If you are looking for ways to cut back on your heating costs, you may want to consider updating your traditional wood-burning fireplace.  You can do this by converting it to a gas hearth appliance. Not only are newer gas fireplaces more economical to use, but they are also much more convenient. You will not have to bring in firewood from outside storage, and you will not have as many clean-up chores after each fire. To help you get started on this home improvement project, Blue Ridge Chimney Services would like to tell you what you need to know when converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas.

Gas Line

One of the first things you will need to know when converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas is whether or not there is a gas line connection to your home. According to The Extreme How-To Blog, it can be very expensive to install a new gas line. However, if you do have an existing connection, it is relatively inexpensive to have this line extended to your fireplace.

Type of Appliance

When converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas, you have a few options of gas hearth appliances from which to choose. If you want to update the look of your old fireplace, a gas fireplace inserts can be installed into the existing fireplace opening. Not only will this give your hearth a new appearance, but you will also be provided with a larger amount of heat. You also have the choice of installing a set of gas logs. This is a perfect selection if you want to keep the look of a traditional hearth. Gas logs are available in two types: vented and vent-free. Blue Ridge Chimney Services is happy to tell you more about the differences between these two types to help you decide which one would work best for your home.

If you would like to improve the energy efficiency in your home and save money on your heating costs, converting your traditional wood-burning fireplace to gas is a great idea. Not only will you get more heat for less money, you will love the convenience of starting a fire from your couch by pushing a button on a remote control. To learn more about gas fireplace appliances, contact Blue Ridge Chimney Services today. Our staff is here to help you get started on this home improvement project. We’ve served the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for years and are dedicated to providing the highest levels of customer service. Call 540-217-2030 today to speak with us!