5 Reasons Homeowners Choose Gas Fireplaces
When it’s time to shop for a fireplace for your home, you’ll quickly find that you’ve got some choices to make. These involve style, finish, size and other specifics that will allow you to have the ideal fireplace that suits your needs and makes a good addition to your home. Of all the choices, the first one is usually the type of fuel the fireplace will run on.
The most popular fuels are gas and wood. Homeowners who decide on a nice new gas fireplace do so because they feel that gas provides several advantages over burning wood logs or pellets. Let’s look at five of those advantages.
- Offset heating/utility costs. It’s not uncommon for people with gas fireplaces to save 20% to 40% on their heating costs. With today’s advanced fireplace designs, “zone heating” is easy in any home. Some homeowners take this further by installing appropriately sized gas fireplaces in several rooms, making for convenient heating of specific areas without having to run central heating at full capacity.
- Easy ventilation. With a wood fireplace, the vent system (typically a chimney) is a huge consideration – i.e., the fireplace can be placed only where it’s possible to extend a chimney up from it. With a gas fireplace, the options are easier and less-involved. Direct-vent gas fireplaces employ a single pipe that runs from the unit to the outdoors. Non-vented varieties require no vent and are very safe to operate this way.
- No-hassle operation
Because gas fireplaces bring the fuel right into the firebox, where it is ignited with a small pilot light, heating your home is as easy as flipping a switch. There’s no hauling in an armful of logs and spending time getting those logs to burn. With gas, you control how much heat is generated, and when you’re finished using the fireplace, you simply turn off the fuel supply and go on about your business.
- Less maintenance
Gas fireplaces have no actual burning objects, so there’s no ash and debris to collect in the firebox and create a dirty job for you when it’s time to clean it out. Gas is a clean-burning fuel that won’t corrode your ventilation system (if you use one) and present the need for regular maintenance and professional cleaning.
- Amazing variety of styles
Don’t think that only a wood-burning fireplace can create a stunning visual. Gas fireplaces today are available in many styles that make perfect accents to the décor of any room. Additionally, realistic-looking log sets provide the ambiance of a real wood fire. With gas, you sacrifice none of the visual appeal of traditional wood fireplaces.
As you can see, there’s a variety of reasons homeowners looking to add a heating unit to their homes go with gas fireplaces. If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of these handsome appliances, the friendly associates at Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces of Toronto are ready to help.
Visit our extensive showroom at 3322 Dundas Street West, or give us a call at (416) 762-5557.