A fireplace adds personality and value to your home. When homebuyers imagine their perfect home, the house typically includes a comfortable home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heating system or gathering around a cozy fire.
It’s hard to resist the charm of of a warm fire, but how do you pick between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many factors 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 effective heating source. Wood fires normally receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, a lot lower than a furnace that has consistent service performed. They do get very hot, but most of that heat is lost 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 models offer various adjustments in height. The types of logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely favor the real thing and come complete with glowing embers, which don’t need you to wait while they go out. You can simply switch your gas fireplace on and off which gives you more control over the temperature of you home and frees you from having to tend to your fire. The lack of fire stealing oxygen gives gas fireplaces a 75% to 99% efficiency rating. Just picture the level of comfort you could have when you combine that with a well-maintained furnace.
Air Quality and Maintenance
If you are interested in finding out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you need to schedule your seasonal furnace service, please give us a call at 518-417-2938 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 creates air pollution in and outside the home and the smoky wood odor that a wood burning fireplace emits could be a health hazard. Wood also creates a byproduct called creosote that lines the coating of the chimney and must be removed by a professional. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed consistantly, gas fireplaces also require consistant cleanings of soot and spent logs.
- Gas: Gas fireplaces only require some dusting every now and then and are virtually maintenance free. It is recommended that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted annually by an expert to keep it functioning both safely and smoothly.