Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces 

A fireplace adds character and value to your home. When someone imagines their perfect house, the house typically includes a cozy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heating system or gathering around a cozy fire. 

It’s hard to resist the charm of of a warm fire, but how do you pick between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many aspects to consider when deciding how to heat your home. 

Aesthetics and Efficiency  

  • Wood: A wood burning fireplace typically wins in the sensory category. You get the crackle. You get the pop. You get the opportunity to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is a powerful heating source. Wood fires normally receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, a lot lower than a furnace that has routine service performed. They do reach high temperatures, but most of that heat disappears up the chimney. Wood burning fireplaces not only lose the heat coming from the fire, but it also pulls warm air from other parts of the home up and out the chimney. 
  • Gas: There have been many aesthetic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and some models offer different heights. The logs used in gas fireplaces now have the look of the real thing and come complete with flickering embers, which don’t need you to wait while they simmer out. You can simply switch your gas fireplace on and off, giving you more control over the temperature of you home and frees you from having to look after your fire. The lack of fire stealing oxygen gives gas fireplaces a 75% to 99% efficiency rating. Imagine the level of comfort you could get when you combine that with a fully maintained furnace.  

Air Quality and Maintenance 

  • Wood: Air quality is vital to homeowners and homebuyers. Burning wood produces air pollution in and outside your family’s home and the smoky wood smell that a wood burning fireplace emits could be a health hazard. Wood also creates a byproduct called creosote that lines the coating of the chimney and must be removed by an expert. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed consistantly, gas fireplaces also require consistant cleanings of cinders and spent logs. 
  • Gas: Gas fireplaces only require a bit of dusting every now and then and are just about maintenance free. It is recommended that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted every 12 months by a specialist to keep it working both safely and effectively. 

If you are interested in finding out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you want to schedule your routine furnace service, please call today at 614-334-3192 or schedule an appointment through our website. Our experts will have you snuggled up and warm in no time. 

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