So Much More than Heat: The 7 Benefits of Owning a Fireplace

When you look at the key reasons people purchase and use fireplaces, a stable heat source is always at the top of the list.  But the list doesn’t stop there.  The benefits of owning a fireplace are so much more than just the heat the unit delivers.  If you’ve been thinking about a new fireplace, consider these other reasons people enjoy this great appliance, particularly the gas variety.

1. Clean burning = good for the environment

The technology used in modern gas fireplaces makes for amazingly clean burns.  Because gas log sets don’t actually ignite, there’s a minimum amount of toxins and residue to cling to the vent pipe, and there’s no smoke at all.

2. Increased value of the home

You’ll enjoy a gas fireplace while you live in your home, and you’ll also likely enjoy an increased sale price if you ever put your home on the market.  According to the National Association of Realtors, almost 40% of homebuyers say they’ll pay a premium for a home with a fireplace.  Additionally, various research indicates that homes with fireplaces sell faster than homes with just traditional heating.

3. Ease of operation

Because there are no actual fires to start, gas fireplaces turn on quickly to bring rapid heat into the room.  A switch near the unit or a handy remote control is all that’s required to get a fire going.  And unlike with a wood fireplace, a gas fireplace allows for easy control of temperature at all times.

4. No odor

While some folks enjoy the aroma created by burning wood logs, others prefer a fireplace that doesn’t add any smell to the house.  With a gas fireplace, you avoid all the odors that are an accepted part of using a wood fireplace.

5. Eye-appeal

If you’ve never seen modern gas logs in operation, you’d be amazed at how realistic they look.  Log designs include specific shapes and textures that very closely resemble wood logs and create that sought-after ambiance that only a fireplace can bring.

6. Design features

Fireplace manufacturers have done a brilliant job in creating a multitude of design elements for gas fireplaces.  It’s easy to match and accent your current décor with all the finishes and colors to choose from.  Add a customized mantel and surround, and your fireplace will be a tasteful addition to your home’s overall look.

7. Low maintenance

While every appliance that burns a real fire needs some upkeep and maintenance, a gas fireplace requires only a fraction of the care needed by a wood fireplace.  The firebox remains clean when burning gas, and the vent pipe/chimney doesn’t get the significant buildup of smoke by-products, which is always an issue with burning wood logs.

If it sounds like a gas fireplace would be just the right addition to your home, Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces of Toronto has a wide selection of makes, models and sizes to show you.  Stop by and see us at 3322 Dundas Street West, or reach us by phone at (416) 762-4582.