Frequently Asked Questions About Gas Fireplaces
- Gas fireplaces are the future of fireplaces. There are numerous advantages to having a gas fireplace over a traditional wood-burning fireplace.
- Gas fireplaces require minimal cleanup.
- They don’t leave the rest of the house cold.
- They save you money on heating.
- You don’t need a chimney to have a gas fireplace.
- There’s no labor involved: no splitting and hauling logs.
- Can turn it on and off with the flip of a switch.
- You can install wall-thermostat control, and control your fireplace’s heat with your thermostat.
With gas fireplaces, you don’t need a chimney. In an unvented gas fireplace system, your fire is contained safely behind the glass and the gas is burned cleanly and efficiently. This way, no gas, fuel, or toxins are released into your home.
Natural Gas or Propane?
A gas fireplace will burn either natural gas or propane. However, natural gas is less expensive, and on average produces more heat for your home. It is recommended to choose natural gas, and when natural gas isn’t available, to choose propane. The gas that you choose is also dependent on whatever gas is used and lined in the home (traditionally this is natural gas).
Where Can I Put A Gas Fireplace?
When you invest in a gas fireplace, you can put it anywhere in your home. Yes, anywhere. It can be installed along any internal or external wall. Wood-burning fireplaces, however have architectural and building requirements because of the fact that they require a chimney.
What Is The Difference Between Vented And Unvented Gas Fireplaces?
The two different kinds of gas fireplaces are vented and unvented fireplaces. Vented gas fireplaces are like traditional in that they require a vent to filter air in and out. This is common for owners of a home with a traditional wood burning fireplace that is converted into a gas fireplace.
An unvented gas fireplace, surprise, doesn’t have any vent system. With unvented, all of the gas fuel is burned, so nothing is released into your home and there is no need for a vent system. Unvented fireplaces involve a glass door that is used to seal the gas fire log in, as an extra precaution to prevent gas and toxins from being released into your home.
Is There Danger With Gas Fireplaces?
All kinds of gas fireplaces are completely safe for you, your loved ones, and pets. In a properly functioning gas fireplace, no fumes, toxins, or gas will be released. All fuel is burned completely and cleanly. Many people think that because it involves gas burning, that there is the potential for danger. However, gas fireplaces are safer than traditional wood burning fireplaces. Wood burning fireplaces produce large amounts of carbon byproduct that can leak into your home if your chimney isn’t cleaned regularly. Gas fireplaces burn all of the fuel that they are fed. This means that nothing dangerous is ever released into the home. Also, most gas fireplaces come standard with a safety light that detects when any gas may be leaking. If it detects anything it immediately clamps down on the gas fireplace and stops all gas from being led to the fire. This prevents any gas leaks from entering your home.
Are Gas Fireplaces Expensive?
The answer to that question depends on the type, size, and number of features your gas fireplaces has. In general, gas fireplaces are much more affordable than wood burning fireplaces. In the long-run, gas fireplaces are a smart investment. They help you cut down on your heating bill because they help heat your home without the use of your heating system.
Do Gas Fireplaces Have Environmental Benefits?
Wood burning fireplaces are very inefficient when it comes to their fuel-to-heat ratio. They typically require a large amount of wood to produce a moderate amount of heat. Their by-product is harmful to the environment, and can harm your home if they aren’t cleaned. Gas fireplaces, however are clean in that they burn all of the fuel used. Not to mention they only need a small amount of fuel to produce a large amount of heat. Gas fireplaces promote the principle of “zone heating”, when you only heat the areas of your home that are most inhabited. This prevents waste of heat, and helps the environment.
Gas fireplaces are a safe and efficient way to add heat and a soothing ambiance to your home. They are clean, safe, and efficient. If you are interested in a gas fireplace for your home, call 1st Choice Chimney today.