A fireplace adds character and value to your home. When homebuyers imagine their dream house, the dream typically includes a comfortable home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heating unit or getting comfy around a cozy fire.
It’s hard to resist the appeal of of a crackling fire, but how do you decide between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many factors to consider when deciding how to heat your home.
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 a powerful heating source. Wood fires typically receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, considerably lower than a furnace that has consistent service performed. They do get very hot, but most of that heat is released 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 aesthetic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and some models offer different heights. The logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely resemble the real thing and come complete with flickering embers, which don’t force you to wait while they go out. You can simply switch your gas fireplace on and off, providing you more control over room temperature 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
If you are interested in converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you simply want to schedule your yearly furnace service, please give us a call at 602-906-0111 or schedule an appointment online. Our experts will have you snuggled up by the fire in no time.
- Wood: Air quality is vital to every homeowner. Burning wood causes air pollution in and outside your home and the smoky wood smell 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 annually, gas fireplaces also require recurrent cleanings of embers 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 every 12 months by an expert to keep it operating both safely and smoothly.