A fireplace adds character and value to your home. When a person imagines their perfect home, the dream typically includes a comfortable home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running furnace or gathering around a cozy fire.
It’s hard to resist the enticement of of a toasty fire, but how do you choose between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many factors 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 opportunity to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is an efficient heating source. Wood fires normally receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, a lot lower than a furnace that has routine service performed. They do reach high temperatures, 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 house up and out the chimney.
- Gas: There have been many artistic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and some versions offer diverse heights. The types of 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 burn out. You can easily switch your gas fireplace on and off which provides you more control over room 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 imagine the level of comfort you could get when you pair that with a fully maintained furnace.
Air Quality and Maintenance
If you want to convert your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you simply need to schedule your annual furnace service, please call today at 587-404-0790 or schedule an appointment through our website. Our experts will have you cozied up by the fire in no time.
- Wood: Air quality is vital to all homeowners. Burning wood creates air pollution in and outside your family’s home and the smoky wood smell that a wood burning fireplace exudes could be a health hazard. Wood also creates a byproduct called creosote that lines the coating of the chimney and must be removed by an expert. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed regularly, gas fireplaces also require consistant cleanings of embers and spent logs.
- Gas: Gas fireplaces only require a bit of dusting every now and then and are practically maintenance free. It is advised that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted annually by a professional to keep it working both safely and smoothly.