A fireplace adds character and value to your home. When someone imagines their perfect house, the dream typically includes a cozy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heater or getting comfy around a cozy fire.
It’s hard to resist the enticement of of a warm fire, but how do you choose between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many factors to consider when deciding how to make sure your home stays warm through those cold, winter months.
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 ability to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is an efficient heating source. Wood fires usually receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, a lot lower than a furnace that has regular 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 house up the chimney.
- Gas: There have been many artistic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and many models offer various heights. The types of logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely resemble the real thing and come complete with glowing embers, which don’t require you to wait while they simmer out. You can merely switch your gas fireplace on and off, giving you more control over the temperature of you home and frees you from having to keep an eye on your fire. The lack of fire stealing oxygen gives gas fireplaces a 75% to 99% efficiency rating. Picture the level of comfort you could have when you incorporate that with a well-maintained furnace.
Air Quality and Maintenance
If you are wanting to find out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you want to schedule seasonal furnace service, please give us a call at 613-817-1591 or schedule an appointment through our website. Our experts will have you cozied up by the fire in no time.
- Wood: Air quality is critical to every homeowner. Burning wood causes air pollution in and outside your family’s home and the smoky wood smell that a wood burning fireplace exudes 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 professional chimney sweep. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed consistantly, gas fireplaces also require regular cleanings of cinders and spent logs.
- Gas: Gas fireplaces only require some dusting every now and then and are practically maintenance free. It is advised that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted once a year by a specialist to keep it working both safely and smoothly.