Earlier this week, I wrote about the pros and cons of wood burning fireplaces. Many homes today come with gas fireplaces instead of the traditional wood fireplaces so I wanted to cover the pros and
cons of gas today!
- Reliable and easy to control. You can turn on your gas fireplace with the push of a button and often, by remote. Some come with timers, so you can control the amount of time your fire burns.
- If you already have a fireplace, they’re easy to install. Most gas fireplaces come as inserts that can fit into your existing fireplace. Un-vented gas fireplaces do not need a chimney and can be installed easily into any room in the house. Vented gas fireplaces use your chimney to expel waste products and do best when fitted into a firebox.
- The heat stays in. 70% of heat can remain in the house instead of being lost up the chimney. You can even control the amount of heat that enters the room by turning the fan on or off.
- Easy/no clean up. You don’t have to take the time to build a fire or clean up the ashes in order to enjoy your fireplace. Just flip the switch and you’re ready to go!
- Carbon monoxide. Un-vented gas fireplaces come equipped with Oxygen Depletion Sensors, which turn the gas off if the carbon monoxide reaches high levels. However, you may want to install extra carbon monoxide detectors in your home just in case.
- Authenticity. You miss the authentic crackle and nostalgic smell of a wood burning fireplace. This is the most common complaint about gas fireplaces.
- Safety. Un-vented gas fireplaces are very hot so that they can burn off almost all of the natural gas that would typically escape out of the vent. You have to be very careful when children or pets are near unvented gas fireplaces.
- Added moisture. Because water is a byproduct of combustion, gas fireplaces create extra moisture. If your house is extremely dry, this could be a “pro”!
- Longevity. It is not wise to burn gas logs for longer than a few hours at a time.
- Building code. Un-vented gas logs are illegal in some areas, so be sure to check local building codes before you order a gas fireplace.
No matter which one you have in your home, there’s just something relaxing and comforting about putting your feet up at the end of the day with a warm fire and good company!
Have a great weekend!