Everybody loves a fire in the winter, but not everyone wants to deal with the trouble of maintaining a wood stove. One option that allows you to enjoy the pleasure of a fire without the hassle of wood burning is a gas fireplace. For people who have a natural gas connection, the appliance can be a valued addition to the heat and air conditioning system. Gas fireplaces can't replace your entire furnace, but they can provide a safe and efficient supplement to help you make it through the winter in comfort and safety.
Safer and More Efficient than Wood
Wood fires can provide efficient home heating under the right circumstances, but a good wood stove is more utilitarian than aesthetically pleasing since the fire burns inside a closed structure. An open wood fireplace, on the other hand, which allows you to enjoy the pleasant sight of the fire, is all but useless for warming the house, since the wood burns too quickly and all the heat goes right up the chimney. Furthermore, wood stoves can increase your risk of a house fire and degrade your indoor air quality.
A natural gas fireplace, on the other hand, can provide the best of both worlds. You can watch a gas fire through the glass doors without concerning yourself with a loss of efficiency like you would with a wood fire. Since they don't create as much particulate matter, gas fireplaces aren't as big a risk for starting a fire or harming your respiratory system, although you do need to be aware of gas safety when installing and using them.
A Valued Addition to Your Heat and Air Conditioning System
A gas fireplace generally won't be effective at heating your entire home, but it can provide efficient heating for the room where it is located, allowing you to save money on your heat and air conditioning bill by keeping the thermostat turned down in the other rooms. And it's easy to control the temperature of a gas fire with the twist of a knob, whereas tending a wood fire is a more complicated affair. Plus, you can easily use the gas fireplace to warm a room in the spring or fall without starting up your entire furnace.
If you already have a natural gas hookup, gas fireplaces aren't too complicated for an experienced heat and air conditioning technician to install. You can have one put in an existing wood fireplace, or install a standalone model anywhere you can provide chimney access. You shouldn't attempt to install a gas fireplace yourself, since hooking up the gas lines incorrectly will put your home in serious jeopardy, and there are local code standards that need to be met as well.
Warm Your Home in Style and Comfort
If you require assistance installing a gas fireplace or have any other questions about your heat and air conditioning system, contact an expert HVAC technician today.