Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces 

A fireplace adds character and value to your home. When a person 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 snuggling around a cozy fire. 

It’s hard to resist the enticement of of a toasty fire, but how do you decide between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many points to consider when deciding how to keep your home nice and toasty. 

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 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 aesthetic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and some versions offer varied adjustments in height. The logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely favor the real thing and come complete with glimmering embers, which don’t force you to wait while they go out. You can simply 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. Imagine the level of comfort you could have when you incorporate that with a well-maintained furnace.  

Air Quality and Maintenance 

  • Wood: Air quality is critical to all homeowners. Burning wood causes air pollution in and outside your home and the smoky wood aroma 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 chimney sweep. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed consistantly, gas fireplaces also require recurrent cleanings of ashes and spent logs. 
  • Gas: Gas fireplaces require a little bit of dusting every now and then and are virtually maintenance free. It is suggested that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted annually by a professional to keep it operating both safely and effectively. 

If you want to find out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gasfire place or you need to schedule annual furnace service, please call today 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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