Why do gas-burning heating appliances continue to grow in popularity with homeowners throughout North America? There are many reasons, and we’ll look at some of them here. We’ll also talk a little about the three primary types of gas units that make wonderful additions to any home: gas fireplaces, gas fireplace inserts and free-standing gas stoves.
Reasons people choose gas-burning appliances to heat their homes
- Gas burns cleaner than fossil fuels such as oil and coal
- Unlike wood, gas combustion doesn’t produce creosote, which is a common cause of chimney fires
- A simple switch makes turning on a gas fireplace or stove as easy as turning on the lights
- Gas logs don’t spit embers or sparks into the room
- Gas-burning appliances need only a minimum of cleaning and maintenance
- Gas logs are long-lasting compared with wood logs.
If you haven’t checked out gas fireplaces lately, you’ll be amazed at the style, size and design options available. In addition to the fireplace itself, a hearth area can be truly transformed with a handsome surround and mantel that will provide perfect accents to the décor of any room.
Before having a gas zero clearance fireplace installed in your home, talk with a fireplace expert about any ventilation issues you might face.
Gas fireplace inserts
Homeowners wishing to take a step up in home-heating efficiency often choose a gas fireplace insert. These devices fit securely within an existing masonry or zero clearance firebox and prevent much of the drafts that cause heat loss in a room.
Typically two pipes are used in venting a gas fireplace insert. Exhaust gasses are taken away from the fireplace through one of the pipes; clean air is brought to the fireplace through the second pipe.
Gas stoves provide ultimate heat for an area within the home and are very convenient in that they can be used in many spaces that simply wouldn’t be appropriate for a fireplace. These units function essentially the same as wood-burning stoves only with much less cleaning and maintenance involved.
Modern stoves, like modern fireplaces, come in a wide array of designs and sizes, making it easy to compliment a room’s current aesthetics.
Whatever type of gas heating appliance you choose, you’ll be glad to know that gas logs produce as much as double the heat produced by burning wood. The newest designs are made to look so much like real chopped wood, you might find yourself forgetting that they’re man-made.
Many factors go into choosing the best type of heating appliance for your home. We’ve covered a few important pieces of information about gas stoves and fireplaces here. You can always count on the professionals at We Love Fire member stores to assist you further in making the right decision.
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