Most homes use a forced air system for heat. Nonetheless, fireplaces are still quite popular. Fireplaces are a great source of heat during the cold season and provide a good reason for family members to gather and bond. There is a large variety of styles, brands and fuel types for fireplaces, but Marr’s Heating & Air Conditioning has been installing and servicing all types since 1965 right here in Whatcom county.
Why Gas Fireplaces?
Here are some of the advantages of a gas fireplace over wood burning
You no longer need to source firewood
Gas does not produce smoke, so there is no ash to discard or chimney to clean.
To light up a fire, all you need to do is to slip a switch or press a button.
The thermostat settings allow you to control the fire, thus conveniently adjusting the temperature.
Efficient and predictable burn as opposed to wood which can be unpredictable and
Types of Gas Fireplaces
Generally, there are three types of gas fireplaces.
Inserts – these are used to convert an existing wood fireplace to a gas fireplace.
Zero clearance gas fireplaces – these are used where there is no existing fireplace, but you would like to achieve the look of an insert. These can be built around with wood and tile.
Freestanding gas fireplaces – these types of fireplaces are independent of the house. All the surfaces are exposed, making them more effective in heat supply, and they make for an easy installation.
What to Consider When Buying Gas Fireplaces
Just like HVAC systems, what you are really looking for is high energy efficiency and reliability. Obviously though, a fireplace has a certain aesthetic appeal, and you want to make sure you find one that not only fits your home, but also fits the look that you desire. Other items to look for in a fireplace would be the following
Readily available parts
Strong brand reputation
The ability to add a circulation fan for more even heat distribution
Direct vent appliance for predictable burn and safety measures within your home
High quality and realistic flame appearance
Modulation or staging (the ability to turn flame up or down)
The ability to run without power (when the power goes out)
Knowing the facts about gas fireplaces is a good of way of determining the unit that will best suit your home. However, there is a lot you need to know, and the technical details might be overwhelming to the average homeowner. That is why it is in your best interest to hire a full-service gas fireplace installation company. A good company should have good reviews and is ready to share previous customers testimonials.
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