A fireplace is a must-have for most homeowners and it’s easy to see why. Their beauty, value & convenience has made gas fireplaces very popular. With the variety and features modern fireplaces offer, homeowners can find a gas fireplace that fits in perfectly with their décor and is suitable for their lifestyle. Gas fireplaces have become popular because they are efficient, easy to use, clean and have less maintenance requirements. They are also relatively to install in just about any room, resulting in many newer homes having multiple gas fireplaces. A short overview of the elements to consider before buying.
What style do you prefer?
There are plenty of options to choose from. Although overwhelming, you can easily narrow down your options by taking a look at your current décor. Do you prefer the sleek lines of a modern gas fireplace that uses fire glass instead of logs or do you like the traditional look of a firebox and log set? If you live in a loft style condo or apartment, a wall mounted linear installation may be the perfect option.
What are your heating requirements?
Some hearth products are simply for aesthetic purposes while others are used as a main heat source during the cold winter months. If your gas fireplace is just for show, you won’t need a unit with high heat output. If you are supplementing your current heating system, look for a gas fireplace unit that offers mid-range BTU output. If you plan on using your gas fireplace to zone heat large spaces, it’s a good idea to get a high efficiency, high heat output unit. Speak with a hearth expert to help determine the BTU output necessary for your heating requirements.
How much do you want to spend?
Price is usually a main consideration for many homeowners when choosing a gas fireplace. It is important to remember that a fireplace is a usually once-in-a-lifetime purchase that will last for decades, so price should not be the only primary consideration when making your decision. Better to invest in an improvement that will add long lasting value to your home than to save a few dollars on an appliance that you may not be fully pleased with. Gas fireplaces cost will vary based on size, construction, features and styling. Installation and venting costs also need to be added to the final total along with surround treatments and any light remodeling that may be desired as a part of the project.
Natural gas and propane are the two fuel gas types available for gas fireplaces. While natural gas is the most popular option and the most widely-used source, propane is a good solution if natural gas is not available in your area.