Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces 

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

It’s hard to resist the enticement of of a warm fire, but how do you decide 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 sensation category. You get the crackle. You get the pop. You get the opportunity to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is a powerful heating source. Wood fires normally receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, much lower than a furnace that has routine service performed. They do generate a lot of heat, but most of that heat disappears 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 style advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and some versions offer various adjustments in height. The ceramic logs used in gas fireplaces now have the look of the real thing and come complete with glowing embers, which don’t need you to wait while they burn out. You can merely switch your gas fireplace on and off which gives you more control over your home’s temperature 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. Just picture the level of comfort you could have when you pair that with a well-maintained furnace.  

Air Quality and Maintenance 

  • Wood: Air quality is vital to all homeowners. Burning wood produces air pollution in and outside the home and the smoky wood smell that a wood burning fireplace gives off could be a health hazard. Wood also creates a byproduct called creosote that lines the coating of the chimney and must be removed by a chimney sweep. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed regularly, gas fireplaces also require consistant 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 advised that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted yearly by a specialist to keep it working both safely and effectively. 

If you are interested in finding out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you want to schedule your yearly furnace service, please give us a call at 614-334-3192 or schedule an appointment through our website. Our experts will have you cuddled up and comfortably warm in no time. 

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