Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces
A fireplace adds personality and value to your home. When a person imagines their perfect home, the house typically includes a comfy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heating unit or gathering around a cozy fire.
It’s hard to resist the temptation of of a crackling fire, but how do you decide between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many points to consider when deciding how to heat your home.
Aesthetics and Efficiency
- Wood: A wood burning fireplace typically wins in the experience category. You get the crackle. You get the pop. You get the ability to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is an efficient heating source. Wood fires normally receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, much lower than a furnace that has consistent service performed. They do generate a lot of heat, but most of that heat disappears up the chimney. Wood burning fireplaces not only lose the heat coming from the fire, but it also pulls warm air from other parts of the home up and out the chimney.
- Gas: There have been many artistic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and many models offer diverse height adjustments. The types of logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely resemble the real thing and come complete with glowing embers, which don’t require you to wait while they go out. You can merely switch your gas fireplace on and off, providing you more control over the temperature of you home and frees you from having to keep an eye on your fire. The lack of fire stealing oxygen gives gas fireplaces a 75% to 99% efficiency rating. Just picture the level of comfort you could have when you incorporate that with a fully maintained furnace.
Air Quality and Maintenance
- Wood: Air quality is vital to every homeowner. Burning wood causes air pollution in and outside your home and the smoky wood smell that a wood burning fireplace gives off could be a health hazard. Wood also creates a byproduct called creosote that lines the coating of the chimney and must be removed by an expert. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed consistantly, gas fireplaces also require regular cleanings of soot and spent logs.
- Gas: Gas fireplaces only require some dusting every now and then and are just about maintenance free. It is suggested that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted once a year by a specialist to keep it operating both safely and effectively.
If you are interested in converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you simply need to schedule seasonal furnace service, please call today at 866-397-3787 or schedule an appointment online. Our experts will have you snuggled up and comfortably warm in no time.
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