As the weather gets cooler, we start examining our heating systems and ensuring that they are working properly and will hold up to the pressures of daily use throughout the fall and winter. One way to keep homes cozy is with gas fireplaces. Gas fireplaces provide the same aesthetics and functionality of wood fireplaces, but with other benefits as well. Here are some of the advantages gas fireplaces have as a heating system for your home that you should consider.
#1. Consistent Heat
Traditional fireplaces require logs and magazines and other such fuel in order to burn. Fuel burns out and needs to be added to and replaced as the fire burns. Gas fireplaces you can simply turn on and off, offering consistent heat for as long as you want, with no need to add or replace anything.
#2. Adjustable Heat
Gas fireplaces can be adjusted to have higher or lower flames, meaning that you have control over how much heat they emit. Wood fireplaces cannot be adjusted aside from letting the fire burn out or adding more fuel. If you want to have more control over the temperature of your home, gas fireplaces will provide that.
Because traditional fireplaces involve maintaining fires, that means that they come with soot and smoke marks that need to be cleaned regularly in order to maintain the functionality of your fireplace. Gas fireplaces are much cleaner, because they don’t leave any soot or cause any smoke marks on your ceilings.
When you have wood fireplaces, you have to worry about sparking or creosote, which is a by-product of burning wood that is very poisonous and dangerous to humans, in addition to being highly flammable. Gas fireplaces neither spark nor have dangerous contaminants resulting from their use, making them a safer option.
When you have a traditional fireplace, you have to constantly buy fuel for it in addition to needing a dry place to store it and fireplace tools in order to clean and monitor the flames. Gas fireplaces require none of this. This makes them more economical, because you do not need to purchase fuel for them.
#6. Aesthetically Pleasing
Fireplaces in general are quite an attractive addition to a home. Gas fireplaces come in a variety of styles to choose from, so you aren’t restricted to any one type of look. You can customize them to suit your desired aesthetic.
While traditional fireplaces are restricted to places with chimneys because they need a space in order to be able to vent out smoke, this isn’t the case with gas fireplaces. Since gas fireplaces emit no smoke, this means you do not need to worry about having a chimney in order to have one installed. Ergo, they can go anywhere in your home from a bedroom to a living room.
Maintaining Gas Fireplaces
Gas fireplaces are very low maintenance which means that in most cases, you just need an annual inspection to keep them in good working order. While true that they don’t need to be cleaned every time that you use them, they still need to be cleaned to keep them safe. A professional is happy to do this for you.
Repairing Gas Fireplaces
In the event that your fireplaces have problems even if you have them maintained, there’s no need to fret. A professional can come out and repair them for you. You may consider calling a professional if you notice: the fireplace is putting out less heat than usual, the pilot light keeps going out, it takes a long time to turn on, and more.
Do You Need Help With Your Gas Fireplaces?
Here at R & D Heating And Air, we know the many benefits gas fireplaces provide. We want to help you keep it running properly so that you can be warm all fall and winter long. Our team is fully licensed and insured which means that you can trust our technicians to provide safe, professional services. If you need to have your fireplaces maintained or repaired, our experts at R & D Heating And Air are happy to help! Please contact us to set up an appointment or for any questions.