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At some point, you may be forced to convert your wood-burning fireplace into a gas fireplace. Most people have done it and it has brought a big difference in their homes and lives. A gas fireplace can create a warm and cozy living room space that you never knew existed. Choosing a gas fireplace presents you with many options. However, these can be more daunting and leave you confused.
Here is our quick guide to help you choose the right gas fireplace for you and your family:
What is a Gas Fireplace?
A gas fireplace can be interpreted in the following 3 ways:
Freestanding logs: This is where you place a unit of logs in a converted wood burning fireplace. Here, a gas line must be installed to flow to the logs. The open flame in the gas fireplace burns the same way a wood-burning fire does, with only a fireplace or screen face enclosing the flames.
Gas insert: This allows you to convert your existing wood-burning fireplace with an all-in-one box vented up the existing chimney. The box has a screen and glass pane on the front that contains the flame and prevents fire from escaping into the room. The gas insert comes with a built-in fan which helps heat your room and add animated effects.
Built-in gas fireplace: It’s more like a freestanding fireplace or a decorative insert. It is mostly used in a space without an existing chimney or fireplace. Most of the time, a built-in gas fireplace is vented through an exterior wall. Non-vented gas fireplaces are not safe, as emissions can affect the quality of air inside your home – many states have laws against them.
The Costs of a Gas Fireplace
Gas fireplace costs may vary by size and type of installation. You will also be required to add the cost of transport and labor, especially if you want it installed in your home.
Unlike installing an insert or logs where a wood-burning fireplace is already set, homeowners may be forced to install a built-in gas model at an extra cost. Designing and building a vented faux fireplace can cost you more depending on the construction of the framework and decorative finishing.
Annual maintenance is required for gas fireplaces. You need to inspect the system and clean out any debris. Just like a wood-burning fireplace, you need to keep it safe, clean, and operating well.
Choosing the Best Gas Product with the Best Features for Your Living Space
When selecting the right product for your living space, you need to know how to measure BTUs, and how many cubic feet you need to heat. Ensure the product you choose is able to supply the adequate amount of heat your room needs.
Consider the performance and outer face design. Choose an outer face that will match the appearance of your home. There is a wide range of designs to choose from including traditional, modern, and rustic. Many units come in a variety of colors, such as bronze, matte charcoal, black, and much more. Contact us today to get a variety of designs and features in our gas fireplace product lines. Our professional staff will help validate your choices.
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