Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces 

A fireplace adds personality and value to your home. When homebuyers imagine their dream house, the home typically includes a comfy 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 enticement of of a warm fire, but how do you pick between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many points to consider when deciding how to keep your home nice and toasty. 

Aesthetics and Efficiency  

  • Wood: A wood burning fireplace typically wins in the sensation category. You get the crackle. You get the pop. You get the ability to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is a powerful heating source. Wood fires typically receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, a lot lower than a furnace that has regular service performed. They do reach high temperatures, 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 home up the chimney. 
  • Gas: There have been many aesthetic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and many versions offer various adjustments in height. The logs used in gas fireplaces now have the look of the real thing and come complete with glowing embers, which don’t require you to wait while they burn out. You can easily switch your gas fireplace on and off which gives you more control over room temperature and frees you from having to keep an eye on 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 get when you incorporate that with a well-maintained furnace.  

Air Quality and Maintenance 

  • Wood: Air quality is crucial to homeowners and homebuyers. Burning wood generates air pollution in and outside the home and the smoky wood odor that a wood burning fireplace exudes 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 regular cleanings of embers and spent logs. 
  • Gas: Gas fireplaces only require some dusting every now and then and are virtually maintenance free. It is advised that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted annually by an expert to keep it operating both safely and efficiently. 

If you want to find out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gasfire place or you simply need to schedule your yearly furnace service, please give us a call at 215-259-5850 or schedule an appointment online. Our experts will have you cozied up and warm in no time. 

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