Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces
A fireplace adds character and value to your home. When someone imagines their perfect home, the home typically includes a comfortable home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heating system or getting comfy around a cozy fire.
It’s hard to resist the charm of of a warm fire, but how do you pick between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many factors to consider when deciding how to make sure your home stays warm through those cold, winter months.
Aesthetics and Efficiency
- Wood: A wood burning fireplace typically wins in the sensory category. You get the crackle. You get the pop. You get the ability to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is an efficient heating source. Wood fires typically receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, much lower than a furnace that has regular service performed. They do generate a lot of heat, but most of that heat is released 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 many designs offer different adjustments in height. The types of logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely resemble the real thing and come complete with glimmering embers, which don’t force you to wait while they burn out. You can merely switch your gas fireplace on and off which provides you more control over the temperature of you home and frees you from having to look after your fire. The lack of fire stealing oxygen gives gas fireplaces a 75% to 99% efficiency rating. Picture the level of comfort you could have when you incorporate that with a fully serviced furnace.
Air Quality and Maintenance
- Wood: Air quality is vital to all homeowners. Burning wood produces air pollution in and outside your home and the smoky wood smell that a wood burning fireplace gives off could be hazardous to your family’s. Wood also creates a byproduct called creosote that lines the coating of the chimney and must be removed by a professional. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed consistantly, gas fireplaces also require recurrent cleanings of ashes and spent logs.
- Gas: Gas fireplaces only require some dusting every now and then and are practically maintenance free. It is recommended that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted once a year by a specialist to keep it running both safely and efficiently.
If you are wanting to find out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you simply need to schedule your seasonal furnace service, please call us at at 215-259-5850 or schedule an appointment on our website. Our experts will have you cuddled up and warm in no time.
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