All About Gas Fireplaces
Gas fireplaces are all the rage these days and for good reason. They’re low maintenance, easy to turn off, and warmer and more realistic-looking than ever. There are three main types of gas fireplaces, which are fueled by natural gas or propane, rather than wood:
For the purposes of this particular page, we’re just going to be discussing built-in gas fireplaces, though we have also dedicated pages to gas inserts and gas logs, which may be more affordable alternatives to a built-in.
The built-in fireplace is available in both vented (with a chimney) and ventless (without a chimney) forms. If you’re feeling baffled by all the varieties of gas appliances, you’re not alone. That’s what those of us at The Fireplace Service Company are here for—to make sense of all your options and help you find exactly the fireplace you need.
10 Advantages Of Heating With A Gas Fireplace
1. Can be turned on and off with the flick of a switch/push of a button.
2. Requires minimum cleanup.
3. Requires minimal tending.
4. More realistic looking than older gas models.
5. No odors.
6. No smoke.
7. No logs to chop or haul.
8. Ability to control flame height and temperature with a wall thermostat.
9. Available in wide range of outputs to suit your heating needs.
10. Chimney needs to be cleaned less often.*
* There’s a misconception that the chimney connected to a gas fireplace does not ever need to be swept. Though these chimneys may need to be cleaned less often than those connected to wood-burning units, they still produce corrosive acid that will wreak havoc on a chimney over time.
Do I Need A Vented Or Ventless Gas Fireplace?
When it comes to vented versus ventless gas fireplaces, you will first consider your current setup. If you have an existing fireplace, you’re probably better off with a vented fireplace, which is considered to be the safest gas fireplace since it allows pollutants like carbon monoxide, nitrogen, and sulfur oxides to vent outside your home. The vented fireplaces operate by venting through one pipe that goes up a chimney flue or through an opening in an exterior wall, while yet another pipe allows fresh-air to flow into the fireplace.
When considering ventless fireplaces, you’ll want to know that they are considered 99 percent efficient since all the heat they produce stays in the room where they are located. They are also beloved by many for their versatility, as they can be placed anywhere—even hung on the wall like a television set. Even though vent-free units are designed to burn very cleanly and come with an oxygen depletion sensor that automatically shuts the unit off when a room’s oxygen level gets to a certain point, they have been banned in some states, including California. Needless to say, not all people are comfortable with the safety of ventless units.
Have questions about gas fireplace efficiency, affordability, and safety? We are happy to compare and contrast your available options – just give us a call at (256) 845-9814!