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Benefits of Gas Fireplaces


Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is a top priority year-round. It is especially important during winter. Gas fireplaces are a safe, stylish, and economical way to maintain constant heat inside your home. The following are just a few of the many benefits of gas fireplaces.

Cleanliness

A fireplace is warming, comforting, romantic, and relaxing. When it comes to curling up in front of the fireplace on a cold winter day, an increasing number of homeowners are choosing gas over wood burning. The crackling fire of burning wood creates soot, ash, and burned-out logs. The ash must be cleaned out frequently and it doesn’t go easily. The creosote inside the chimney must be removed by a professional. Gas fireplaces do not make ashes and require no messy cleanup.

Good Air Quality

Burning wood may smell good, but it is not necessarily good for your health. The particulate emissions (soot and ash) of wood have been linked to several health problems. These pollutants can increase the risk of respiratory infections, asthma attacks, and bronchitis. Gas fireplaces produce about 99% fewer particulate emissions than wood burning fireplaces. That is better for the indoor air quality of your home and the environment.

Ease of Use

Many gas fireplaces now have a remote control. With a simple push of the button, you can start or stop the fire. For a wood burning fireplaces, you must first haul the wood inside. It needs to be arranged properly. You must have some kindling always handy. Once you get the wood fire going, you have to constantly maintain it.

Constant Heat

The wood in a wood burning fireplace takes a little while to get started and then it will need to be replaced when it burns up. A gas fireplace provides steady heat from the first second you ignite it until you choose to turn it off. Many modern gas fireplaces have battery backup systems that can be used to light the pilot during a power outage.

Plenty of Options

Vent-free gas fireplaces do not require outside venting. They can be installed on interior walls. If you select a direct-vent fireplace, it needs to be somewhere that it can draw combustion air from outside. Gas fireplaces are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes to suit practically any home.

Energy Efficiency

Gas fireplaces can provide zone heating for the areas of your home that you use most, allowing you to turn down the thermostat. Wood fireplaces can lose as much as 85% of the fire’s heat energy up the chimney. With a direct-vent gas fireplace, about 70% of the heat generated remains in your house.

Gas Fireplace Installation in Toledo, OH

If you live in the Toledo, OH area and want a gas fireplace installed, contact Kellermeier Plumbing & Heating!