Advantages And Disadvantages Of Gas Fireplaces

Gas FireplacesIn cold weather, there is nothing better than warming up near the fireplace. While wood-burning fireplaces are a traditional norm, gas fireplaces have become popular in recent years. They have many benefits, including price and security, but they are not suitable for all households. Here are some reasons why you should buy (or avoid) a gas fireplace.

Relatively inexpensive

Compared to wood burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces are extremely cheap. Traditionally, fireplaces required a large space and frames of non-combustible materials, such as stone or brick. The most popular gas fireplace type, direct vent, does not require a new chimney installation. Instead, they are installed by professionals in charge of heating and air conditioning (HVAC). The only special requirements are the ability to run the vent and the availability of the gas line. In addition, natural gas is generally cheaper than wood.

Ease of use

Gas fireplaces are a radical improvement over wood-burning fireplaces. Instead of providing a continuous stream of dry wood, the gas models can be ignited on with a switch or remote control. If there is no gas available, a well-maintained gas fireplace will still shine without needing to be stoked or primed. They don’t require starter materials or starting logs.

Variability of Design

Gas fireplaces with direct vent can be placed on the wall like a traditional fireplace, directly in the wall or in the middle of the room. Wherever an HVAC professional can operate a vent and a gas pipe, a gas fireplace may be installed. Because of the availability of installation options, gas fireplaces are ideal for integration into existing designs. In case of renovation, many chimney designs can be implemented to update the installation. Many home improvement and decoration companies offer professionals who will advise you how to remodel your home and will often refer you to a local contractor specializing in this field.

Cleaner and more efficient

Because they do not use wood, gas fireplaces should not be cleaned regularly. After use, it does not leave ashes or oven residues. Although the ventilation grid is inspected annually to ensure that there is no obstruction, you do not need to clean the chimney sweep or another annual cleaning to remove soot and debris.

Reduces the risk of chimney fires

Gas fireplaces offer a more secure fireplace option than traditional wood combustion options. Gas logs generate fewer sparks than wood logs and do not cause creosote deposits in the chimney. This greatly reduces the risk of risk of chimney fires. In addition, gas fireplaces operate independently of electric power. They can serve as an auxiliary heating source during power outages

Disadvantages

Less realistic

One of the biggest drawbacks of gas fireplaces is the flame. Compared to real wood combustion, the flame produced by the gas fireplace is not so complete and realistic. They also do not provide the same scent that many people consider an advantage of wood burning fireplaces.

More complicated

Gas fireplaces are much more complicated than their wood-burning cousins. They require an annual check of the starter, thermostat, and vent to ensure safe and proper operation. These maintenance checks may be less expensive than visits from a chimney sweep, but the increased complexity of gas fireplaces also allows technical breakdowns and potential repair bills.