There’s hardly anything better than a glowing fire and a cup of hot cocoa on a cold Bay Area night. Except a glowing fire that needs no tending, requires minimal cleanup, is environmentally friendly, and doesn’t leave the rest of the house feeling freezing cold. That’s what you get with today’s gas fireplaces. Long gone are the tepid blue flames and unrealistic-looking logs. Modern versions burn much more realistically, with orange-yellow flames and glowing red embers. They effectively mimic wood-burning fires, around artisan “ logs “ molded from real wood. Modern fireplaces have evolved drastically from the traditional wood-burning ones into deluxe and more progressive units with blowers, thermostats, and other practical additions.
Let’s take a look at some of the top benefits associated with installing a gas fireplace in your home.
Gas Fireplaces Are Easy to Use
The ease of using gas fireplaces plays a big part in their popularity. No longer do you need to cut and stack wood, maintain a fire, and scoop and dispose of messy ash afterwards. Now homeowners are pressing a button and enjoying a warm, ambiance-enhancing fire. Even though a gas fireplace is easier to use, it still offers many of the same benefits as a wood-burning fireplace.
You can’t oversell the convenience of gas fireplaces with their instant on and off feature. But it goes beyond the ease of starting and maintaining an enjoyable fire. Manufacturers have added plenty of other conveniences to modern units such as:
-Timers automatically turn fireplaces off so you can safely fall asleep to a warm fire
-Blowers and fans circulate heat through a room
-Thermostats keep that heat consistent
Gas fireplaces are also easy to install. Wood-burning fireplaces need a full chimney to vent the combustion gases and smoke. Instead, gas fireplaces burn natural gas that only needs a vent leading to the outside of the house.
No Wood and Creosote Headaches with Gas Fireplaces
Although everyone loves a glowing fire, no one denies the hassle of dealing with wood and cleaning up the ashes. Installing a gas fireplace, however, takes away those maintenance headaches, but provides many of the same glowing fireplace benefits. When you purchase a gas fireplace, you don’t have to burn any wood or worry about the buildup of creosote every time you use it. And, ashes in the firebox are non-existent when using a gas fireplace. You will still need to have a yearly cleaning and inspection of the unit. Typically, that is all it takes to ensure that your fireplace is working properly, and safely.
Use Gas as an Environmentally-Friendly Alternative Heating Option
When you install a gas fireplace in your home, you can use it as an alternative heating option to save money on your utility bills. Gas units produce a significant amount of heat, which can be controlled easier than with a wood-burning fireplace. You can also use the gas fireplace to supplement the heat that you get from your furnace. Energy-conscious consumers are fueling the trend of using gas fireplaces to provide zone heating for their homes. Utility bills are lower when you can turn down the thermostat on a central furnace and use the gas fireplace as a supplemental heat source. Highly efficient natural gas fireplace inserts, for example, can heat up to 1,000 square feet of living space at low cost. You can get as much as 75 to 99 percent of a fuel’s energy back as heat, instead of the 10 to 30 percent for wood fires.
Increase Property Value with a Beautiful Gas Fireplace
The designs of modern gas fireplaces are gorgeous, which is one of the top reasons why homeowners install these units in their properties. They come in a variety of styles to choose from; some even have real-looking logs and beautiful grates. You can match the gas fireplace with the rest of your home’s beautiful design. This is perfect for homeowners who want to add a feature to increase their property’s value, and their enjoyment of their home.
Gas Fireplaces Let You Enjoy Spare the Air Days
Natural gas fireplaces not only help maintain indoor air quality, keeping the home clean, but they create less outdoor pollution than wood-burning fireplaces. It is illegal to burn wood, pellets, fire logs, and other solid fuels in your fireplace, or in any other wood-burning device on “Spare the Air” days. Air Districts issue these “Spare the Air” alerts and homeowners, tenants, and businesses must comply with the regulations. Having a gas fireplace allows you to enjoy your fire anytime, without worrying about whether it is a “Spare the Air” day.
With all of these benefits, the time to install a gas fireplace in your home is now. You can have that real fire feeling, without chopping and burning all of the wood. There are different designs and styles to choose from, allowing you to find a unit that suits your home, and your family, perfectly.