There are large camps of fireplace owners who go for wood, and large camps that go for gas fireplaces. They are both great choices for a wide variety of reasons and suit different people.
If you’re thinking about buying a gas fireplace, but aren’t quite sure yet, here are 6 reasons to help you make your decision:
1. Better for your health
Although there have been improvements in wood fireplace efficiency they still produce waste products which spill into your home. Gas burns much more cleanly than wood, they don’t produce smoke or odors but they do produce small amounts of carbon monoxide, nitrogen and sulfur oxides; with a vented gas fireplace these are released outside; with a vent-less they’re released into your home, but levels are generally kept within safe amounts.
2. More family friendly
If you have small children or pets, you may consider a gas fireplace to be safer than a wood one; this is because gas fireplaces don’t produce the same sparks that wood fireplace do.
3. Less time spent cleaning
If you don’t like the idea of constantly cleaning your fireplace, gas may be better for you; there’s no soot or ash left behind after heating. You still need to clean your gas fireplace to keep it looking nice and running efficiently, but far less than any wood fireplace.
4. Less leg work
In addition to regularly cleaning, wood fireplaces come with additional leg work; carrying and storing logs, keeping them dry etc.. Then you have to light the fireplace and get it going. With a gas fireplace the fuel supply is constant, you just need to flick a switch and it’s heating instantly. If you’re feeling particularly lazy you can even flick a remote switch from the comfort of your couch.
5. You control the heat
With a gas fireplace you can fine-tune the heat to the exact amount you want. Sometimes you might want a gentle warmth in the early fall for instance. You’ll also be controlling the ambiance, which is a key factor that is equally worth considering.
When you want to raise or lower the heat, you can do so in an instant. With a wood fireplace you’ll be waiting a while.
Another consideration is the time it takes for the fireplace to burnout after use. Again with a gas fireplace this is instant, with a wood fireplace you have to wait for the logs to burn out before it’s safe to leave unattended.
6. Chimney not required
If you don’t have a chimney it’s not practical, you can still enjoy the warmth and comfort from a gas burning fireplace. This is because gas fireplaces come in vent-free options as well as vented ones. With vent-less the fumes from the fireplace emit into the room. They can be used safely as burn at a lower level of gas. They also have a shutoff system if oxygen levels in the room fall below a certain rate. Look for an oxygen detection system or ODS when buying a vent-less gas fireplace.
Vent-less gas fireplaces are not recommended for people with asthma.
Still not sure? Why not come down to our store on Whitney avenue, Hamden to see them in action, or ask our friendly staff any questions you may have.