Fireplaces are a top amenity among homeowners. Gas fireplaces, in particular, have become more popular nowadays. They are safer and environmentally friendly. Below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of a gas fireplace that can help you determine whether they are right for you.
Advantages of a Gas Fireplace
A gas fireplace needs minimal cleaning and maintenance. With a gas fireplace, there is no need to remove ashes and clean up debris from because it won’t produce ash. Cleaning should ideally be done at least once every year.
Offer efficient heating choices
With a gas fireplace, you can easily zone heat if you have the appliances installed throughout your house. You will be able to switch off the central heating system and turn on a gas fireplace in any chosen room.
Easy and convenient
You can quickly start your gas fire by touching or switching on a remote control or a thermostat. Just like that, you will have a magnificently warming heat coming for the gas fireplace.
However, before you choose the right model, make sure to get one that has a pilot light to enable you to light the fireplace even in the occurrence of a power outage.
Safer and environmentally friendly
A gas fireplace burns natural gas or propane and releases fuels into the atmosphere. The emissions are very low.
No burning restrictions
There have been several states that have banned wood burning fireplace; however, there has not been any ban on gas fireplaces.
Installing a gas fireplace in your home is cheaper. Apart from saving on heating costs, you can choose a direct vent gas fireplace fitted with an IPI (Intermittent Pilot Ignition) system that has a pilot light always lit to use the fireplace. This, in turn, reduces more than half of the gas used. A vented gas fireplace can easily be converted to wood-burning fireplaces.
Disadvantages of a Gas Fireplace
- Propane is an expensive heating fuel. You will spend more on gas pellets than you would on wood to produce the same amount of heat.
- The cost of installing a gas fireplace may be higher especially if you want a gas line installed.
- No ambiance. There are no crackling sounds or smell produced by aromatic firewood.
- To install a gas fireplace in your home, you will need a natural gas connection or propane availability. Without these things, your options may be limited.
Need Professional Gas Fireplace Installation Services?
Are you’re looking for an efficient way to heat up your house? You will struggle to find a better choice than a gas fireplace. Choose the right gas fireplace and have a Nashville, TN professional chimney technician from CMO to install, inspect, maintain and clean your gas fireplace.