Benefits You Can Cozy-Up To
Crackling wood. Delicious smoky aroma. Roaring flames encased in a classic masonry brick setting. Traditional wood-burning fireplaces certainly are delightful! But, when it comes to effective heat generation, these charming hearths fall short.
Consequently, increasingly more natural gas fireplaces are making their way into new and existing homes in many parts of the world. What makes them so appealing? Let’s look at what they can offer:
Increased Energy Efficiency
Compared to traditional wood-burning fireplaces–that actually may remove more heat from a home than it produces–new natural gas fireplaces are at least 75% efficient. This means, the bulk of the fuel going into the system is successfully converted into household heat for the family’s enjoyment.
Reduced Total Energy Consumption
Though difficult to quantify, a natural gas fireplace may also help reduce overall home heating costs. For example, turning on the gas fireplace when the family gathers in the TV room for a few hours enables you to lower the thermostat that operates the main heating system.
Gas fireplaces are also better for the atmosphere. They are clean burning and don’t create smoke, ashes or other particulate. On days when air quality is low outside, you can operate a gas fireplace with peace of mind.
Immediate Health Benefits
Since natural gas fireplaces don’t produce smoke or soot, people with allergies, asthma or other medial conditions don’t have to fret over the impacts of the fireplace.
You can breathe easy knowing that the entire family, along with your guests, will stay healthy whenever the fireplace is on.
With natural gas fireplaces, the risk of fire is greatly reduced.
Carpet-burning sparks and dangerous creosote build-up in the chimney become obsolete when a wood-burning fireplace is replaced with a natural gas unit.
With just a flick of a switch or the push of a button, a gas fireplace provides instant warmth along with attractive flames. The chore of storing wood and cleaning ashes is replaced with a continuous supply of fuel to a unit that rarely requires cleaning.
If you want to replace an existing wood-burning fireplace, and already have a gas hook-up, natural gas inserts are available so you can conveniently make the switch.
When purchasing an energy-efficient natural gas fireplace, look for the following features:
- Electronic ignition–eliminates the need for a standing pilot light that uses energy even when the fireplace is not operating.
- Sealed-combustion direct vent design–uses air from the outdoors to feed the system, unlike traditional fireplaces and vent-free systems that depend on indoor air. The entire operation is separate from the household air, resulting in no drafts or heat loss.
- Ceramic glass front–transmits heat better than temperate glass and is shatter-resistant.
- Wide temperature control–offers a range of temperature-settings.
- A squirrel-cage type circulating fan–helps to push heat across the room.
- Ducting capabilities–that enable the fireplace to distribute heat, like a furnace, to other rooms in the home.