Fire places are still a very popular features in homes with many people very attracted to their enchantment. However, traditional fireplaces are an old design and are becoming outdated, with new technologies and designs making them obsolete.
Gas fires offer heat and fire at the flip of a switch. No need to spend precious time struggling to light the fire, only for it to die out again in a few minutes. You can still enjoy real flames, but you don’t have all the downsides that come with solid fuels, such as stacks of firewood and pallets, and ashes that you need to clean out.
Another benefit of a gas fireplace is that the air in and around the home remains clean, unlike when wood is burned. You won’t be polluting your neighborhood and will enjoy even cleaner air in your home.
There are two types of gas fireplaces to consider, vented and unvented. Both have their positives and negatives.
Vented gas fires
Vented gas fires are considered safer, as they draw in air from the outside to keep the flame burning and can exhaust all their combustion gases and vapor by burning the gas. This mean practically no risk inside the home.
Unvented gas fires
Unvented fires, on the other hand, release the burning gas into your home, which to some causes concern. However, many unvented fireplaces have a oxygen depletion sensor that turns gas off before carbon monoxide levels reach a dangerous point, ensuring your home is still safe to be in. They also have a higher efficiency rating since no heat escapes from the chimney or flue.
There are many upsides to converting to a gas fire over other types of fireplace. These benefits include the following:
- Gas fireplaces can be used in masonry and prefabricated fireplaces and can be vented through the existing chimney, or wall if for a free standing unit.
- Gas fireplaces require little maintenance past a yearly checkup.
- Their best application is for zone heating, a single room or opposing rooms. The idea being to turn up the heat in that room and lower the thermostat in the rest of the home.
- Gas fireplaces burn with an efficiency of between 65% to 99%, meaning they produce very little smoke or pollution.
- There is no ash or other byproduct to clean up with a gas unit
However, as with everything, there are some downsides. With gas fires, your not-so-good points are:
- Propane is an expensive heating fuel, so you won’t save money heating your whole house with a gas fireplace as opposed to wood.
- You will spend more on gas to you heat your home than you would with wood to heat the same degree.
- You won’t get the same pop, snap, crackle aroma of a real fire place.
While gas fires might not save you much money over wood or provide the same aroma, they are excellent for both efficient heating and decoration, without the work. And a gas fire won’t just go out, leaving you freezing on a cold night. Talk to us today about your options for going with a gas fire and have one installed in your home today!