Gas fireplaces allow you to enjoy the perks of wood-burning fireplaces, minus the associated hassles (like hauling wood around and also building, starting and stoking the actual fire). While convenient, gas fireplaces need to be chosen with care so they fit your needs and your budget. Here’s what you should know about them before you select one for your home.
If you already have a hearth in your home, installing a gas fireplace insert is a great way to make your existing wood-burning fireplace more convenient and energy efficient. These new high-efficiency natural gas inserts are equipped with a burner for flickering flames and a front sealed glass panel. They are connected to a two-pipe chimney system that is installed with a proper termination at the chimney top to provide sealed combustion thereby eliminating any drafts.
The main advantage of using fireplace inserts is that you can keep your existing hearth. This is a great solution if you already have the cavity and don’t want to alter the surround. They’re also compatible with a wide range of styles, with realistic-looking ceramic logs for a traditional feel or crystal ember beds for a more modern look. They also provide varying degrees of heating capability.
Freestanding gas fireplace
These models can be installed anywhere in the home, making them a convenient way to add warmth and style. As long as they can be vented through the roof or an exterior wall, modern natural gas stoves can efficiently heat rooms of any size while adding rustic charm. Though they’re available in a variety of styles, these units tend to work exceptionally well with a traditional style of home. However, they can be made to fit in with a more modern setting as well.
Zero clearance gas fireplace
A zero clearance gas fireplace is designed to be installed anywhere in the home. Contrary to gas inserts, these fireplaces don’t require an existing hearth or cavity. All you need is access to the roof or to an exterior wall to install a vent.
If you don’t have an existing fireplace, then this is by far your best option. They come in a wide variety of styles to match nearly any type of decor and they can also be customized to meet your needs. You can choose the surround, the interior, the ember bed style and more. From sleek and streamlined wall-mounted designs to traditional styles, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your esthetic.
Hire a reliable installation company
At B.C. Fireplace Service Inc. we can help you select the right gas fireplace for your home and budget. We also provide service, maintenance and repairs. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a service appointment.