Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces 

A fireplace adds ambiance and value to your home. When a person imagines their dream home, it typically includes a comfy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heating unit or snuggling around a cozy fire. 

It’s hard to resist the appeal of of a crackling fire, but how do you pick between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many factors to consider when deciding how to heat your home. 

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 an efficient heating source. Wood fires normally receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, a lot lower than a furnace that has consistent service performed. They do reach high temperatures, but most of that heat is lost 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 artistic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and many versions offer various height adjustments. The types of logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely favor the real thing and come complete with glimmering embers, which don’t need you to wait while they go out. You can simply switch your gas fireplace on and off which gives you more control over your home’s 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. Picture the level of comfort you could achieve when you incorporate that with a well-maintained furnace.  

Air Quality and Maintenance 

  • Wood: Air quality is crucial to homeowners and homebuyers. Burning wood causes air pollution in and outside the home and the smoky wood aroma that a wood burning fireplace gives off could be hazardous to your family’s. Wood also creates a byproduct called creosote that lines the coating of the chimney and must be removed by an expert. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed regularly, gas fireplaces also require periodic cleanings of cinders and spent logs. 
  • Gas: Gas fireplaces require a little bit of dusting every now and then and are virtually maintenance free. It is suggested that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted every 12 months by a professional to keep it working both safely and smoothly. 

If you are interested in finding out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you simply need to schedule your annual furnace service, please call us at at 215-259-5850 or schedule an appointment on our website. Our experts will have you cozied up and comfortably warm in no time. 

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