A fireplace adds ambiance and value to your home. When someone imagines their dream house, the house typically includes a comfy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heater or gathering 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 aspects to consider when deciding how to heat your home.
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 effective heating source. Wood fires normally receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, considerably lower than a furnace that has routine service performed. They do reach high temperatures, 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 house up and out the chimney.
- Gas: There have been many style advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and some designs offer different heights. The types of logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely resemble the real thing and come complete with glimmering embers, which don’t demand you to wait while they simmer out. You can simply switch your gas fireplace on and off which gives 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. Just picture the level of comfort you could get when you pair that with a well-maintained furnace.
Air Quality and Maintenance
If you are interested in converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you want to schedule routine furnace service, please call us at at 308-210-4398 or schedule an appointment online. Our experts will have you snuggled up and warm in no time.
- Wood: Air quality is crucial to all homeowners. Burning wood generates air pollution in and outside your home and the smoky wood smell that a wood burning fireplace emits 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 a professional chimney sweep. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed annually, gas fireplaces also require regular cleanings of soot and spent logs.
- Gas: Gas fireplaces require a little bit of dusting every now and then and are practically maintenance free. It is suggested that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted yearly by a professional to keep it functioning both safely and effectively.