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Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces 

A fireplace adds ambiance and value to your home. When a person imagines their dream house, the house typically includes a cozy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heating unit or snuggling around a cozy fire. 

It’s hard to resist the appeal of of a crackling fire, but how do you choose between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many points to consider when deciding how to heat your home. 

Aesthetics and Efficiency  

  • Wood: A wood burning fireplace typically wins in the experience 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 typically receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, much lower than a furnace that has consistent service performed. They do generate a lot of heat, 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 aesthetic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and many models offer varied heights. The ceramic logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely resemble the real thing and come complete with flickering embers, which don’t force you to wait while they go out. You can simply switch your gas fireplace on and off, giving you more control over the temperature of you home and frees you from having to tend to your fire. The lack of fire stealing oxygen gives gas fireplaces a 75% to 99% efficiency rating. Just imagine the level of comfort you could get when you combine that with a fully serviced furnace.  

Air Quality and Maintenance 

  • Wood: Air quality is important to all homeowners. Burning wood causes air pollution in and outside the home and the smoky wood smell that a wood burning fireplace emits 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 periodic cleanings of embers and spent logs. 
  • Gas: Gas fireplaces only require some dusting every now and then and are just about maintenance free. It is suggested that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted once a year by a specialist to keep it running both safely and smoothly. 

If you want to find out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gasfire place or you simply want to schedule routine furnace service, please call today at 614-334-3192 or schedule an appointment on our website. Our experts will have you snuggled up and comfortably warm in no time. 

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