Why Should You Install a Cozy Gas Fireplace?

Why Should You Install a Cozy Gas Fireplace?

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With the impending winter weather, many of us are fantasising about long snowy days spent by the fire. Nothing like sitting in the warmth of a winter fire, sipping hot chocolate, and devouring a good book. According to the National Builders Association, fireplaces are the second most desired amenity when purchasing a new house. But what if you’re a homeowner who wants to add a fireplace to your existing home?

The good news is that the days of installing a fireplace being unreasonably expensive are passed. Because of developments in technology with gas fireplaces, a skilled plumber may do this repair reasonably in a day or two. Here’s what you should know if you want to instal a gas fireplace in your house.

What is the difference between a gas and a wood fireplace?

You are probably most familiar with wood fires. Building one necessitates the construction of the fireplace, chimney, firebox, flue, and, in certain cases, floor supports to sustain the weight. These fireplaces are powered by wood. Due to structural and external building constraints, only a few spots within most homes are ideal for installing a classic wood-burning fireplace.

The installation of a gas fireplace is far more adaptable. The real fireplace has no burning or combustion. The fireplace constructions can securely confine the heat. Gas fireplaces may be installed in a variety of locations, including beneath a window and in the centre of a room. Gas fireplaces constructed of tempered glass can be exposed on three or four sides to produce the trendy centre room island design. All that is necessary is a natural gas or propane hookup.

What are the advantages of having a gas fireplace?

 

If you’ve never used a gas fireplace, you might be wondering how they compare to the real thing. A gas fireplace frequently resembles a wood-burning fireplace. Of course, they don’t provide the same amount of heat as wood, but accessories like blowers make them warm and cosy to sit by. They come in a variety of forms, allowing for creative freedom to match your existing d├ęcor or accomplish a certain appearance and feel. Ceramic logs may be placed inside to simulate burning wood.

Wood and gas burning devices are often priced similarly, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The installation expenses for a gas unit are often lower, however, costs vary based on the type you choose, the structure of your home, and your present access to a gas or propane connection.

In the long run, though, a gas model will save you money and effort with upkeep. Gas is substantially less expensive than wood over time and is better for the environment. According to some calculations, gas is the most effective way to heat your house, costing roughly 25% less than alternative options. Gas fireplaces also require less upkeep and provide greater control over heat output. Finally, there is no need to stock up on wood with the gas every winter.

What are the many types of venting?

Venting is one of the factors to consider while installing a fireplace. This specifically relates to how heat, combustibles, and debris are properly removed from the fireplace. This is the function of the flue and chimney in a classic wood burning fireplace. There are three gas fireplace alternatives to consider.

To vent a gas fireplace, natural venting uses your existing chimney or a steel chimney insert. Direct venting sucks in outside air and expel it in the same manner. Direct vents are installed from the fireplace to the outside, either through the roof, chimney, or an outside wall. Finally, ventless technology is a possibility. To purify the air, the method employs technology similar to that of your car’s catalytic converter. These versions are extremely slim and may be the ideal solution for avoiding additional building needs.

With gas-powered fireplaces, having your dream fireplace built this winter may be easier than you expected. Begin by looking for styles that you like. When you’re ready to proceed, call a local expert plumber. They will be able to analyse your current house layout and intended designs, as well as give suggestions for brands, installation plans, and venting that fit your design objectives and budget. Begin today to remain warm this winter!

Gas fireplaces have all the charm of a wood fireplace without fuss. J.O. Plumbing installs gas lines and fireplaces in and around Melbourne.

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