A fireplace adds personality and value to your home. When someone imagines their dream house, it typically includes a comfy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heater or gathering around a cozy fire.
It’s hard to resist the temptation of of a toasty fire, but how do you choose between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many points 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 opportunity to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is an effective heating source. Wood fires typically receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, considerably 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 style advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and many versions offer various height adjustments. The logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely favor the real thing and come complete with glowing embers, which don’t require you to wait while they go out. You can merely switch your gas fireplace on and off, providing 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 have when you combine that with a well-maintained furnace.
Air Quality and Maintenance
If you are interested in finding out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you simply want to schedule your seasonal furnace service, please call us at at 301-476-4577 or schedule an appointment through our website. Our experts will have you snuggled up and comfortably warm in no time.
- Wood: Air quality is critical to every homeowner. Burning wood produces air pollution in and outside your home and the smoky wood aroma that a wood burning fireplace emits 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. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed annually, gas fireplaces also require regular cleanings of embers 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 yearly by a specialist to keep it functioning both safely and smoothly.