Gas Fireplaces: The Smart Choice
Wood-burning fireplaces add old-world charm to any home, but they aren’t without their shortcomings. For one thing, wood fires need constant tending. There is also the smoke and ash produced in wood-burning fireplaces to deal with. Fortunately, gas-burning fireplaces offer the same aesthetic appeal of a roaring wood fire without all of the problems. Whether you’re thinking of having a new fireplace installed in Ramsey or want to refinish your existing one with a fireplace insert, here are some of the best reasons to go with a gas-burning fireplace.
Instant Flames and Heat
With a gas fireplace, there are no logs to split and stack, no fire to build, and no waiting for the flames to grow. Instead, you only need to flip a switch or press a button on a remote to enjoy the warmth and appearance of a roaring fire. This is great if you want to have a fire in a pinch, or if you don’t have time to build and tend to fire after coming home from a long day at work.
Total Fire Control
Another benefit of having a gas fireplace is the level of control you’ll have over the flames and heat. Easily turn the flames up or down for a bigger or smaller fire depending on the mood you want to create or how warm you want your fire to be. Some gas fireplaces even come with wall thermostats that automatically control the flame size and heat output to maintain a specific temperature setting in the room.
More Efficient Heating
Gas fireplaces offer much more efficient heating than wood-burning fireplaces. In fact, you can get as much as 75 to 99 percent of the energy used back as heat with a gas fireplace instead of the 10 to 30 percent of the heat generated by wood fires. Gas fireplaces are also much better at heating the rooms they are located in, and because there’s no need for a chimney gas fireplaces can go almost anywhere in your home.