A fireplace adds ambiance and value to your home. When someone imagines their perfect home, 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 gathering around a cozy fire.
It’s hard to resist the charm of of a crackling fire, but how do you choose between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many aspects 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 sensory category. You get the crackle. You get the pop. You get the chance 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 regular service performed. They do generate a lot of heat, 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 style advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and many versions offer different adjustments in height. The types of logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely resemble the real thing and come complete with glimmering embers, which don’t force you to wait while they burn out. You can easily switch your gas fireplace on and off, giving 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 imagine the level of comfort you could achieve when you incorporate that with a fully 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 need to schedule your annual furnace service, please call today at 908-448-2154 or schedule an appointment on our website. Our experts will have you snuggled up by the fire in no time.
- Wood: Air quality is crucial to homeowners and homebuyers. Burning wood generates air pollution in and outside your home and the smoky wood aroma that a wood burning fireplace gives off could be hazardous to your health. 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 recurrent cleanings of ashes and spent logs.
- Gas: Gas fireplaces only require some dusting every now and then and are just about maintenance free. It is suggested that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted once a year by a professional to keep it working both safely and efficiently.