Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces
A fireplace adds ambiance and value to your home. When a person imagines their perfect house, the house typically includes a comfy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heating unit or gathering around a cozy fire.
It’s hard to resist the temptation 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 experience category. You get the crackle. You get the pop. You get the ability to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is an effective heating source. Wood fires typically receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, considerably lower than a furnace that has consistent service performed. They do generate a lot of heat, but most of that heat is lost 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 the chimney.
- Gas: There have been many artistic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and some designs offer various height adjustments. The ceramic logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely resemble the real thing and come complete with flickering embers, which don’t need you to wait while they simmer out. You can easily switch your gas fireplace on and off, giving you more control over the temperature of you home and frees you from having to keep an eye on your fire. The lack of fire stealing oxygen gives gas fireplaces a 75% to 99% efficiency rating. Picture the level of comfort you could get when you pair that with a fully serviced furnace.
Air Quality and Maintenance
- Wood: Air quality is crucial to all homeowners. Burning wood causes air pollution in and outside your home and the smoky wood aroma that a wood burning fireplace gives off could be hazardous to your health. 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 annually, gas fireplaces also require periodic cleanings of ashes and spent logs.
- Gas: Gas fireplaces only require some dusting every now and then and are virtually maintenance free. It is recommended that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted every 12 months by a specialist to keep it running both safely and effectively.
If you want to find out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gasfire place or you need to schedule annual furnace service, please call today at 215-259-5850 or schedule an appointment online. Our experts will have you snuggled up by the fire in no time.
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