Three Styles of Gas Heating Options: Fireplaces, Inserts, Stoves
Lighting up a fireplace or stove is a soothing way to warm up your home on a chilly evening. The calming ambiance of live fire isn’t the only benefit of this alternative heat source. Zone heating your home with a gas heating appliance is a good way to cut down on your energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. Gas heating options are becoming the most popular because of their convenient features and low environmental impact. You can choose from three different gas heating options: fireplaces, inserts or stoves.
What are the benefits of a gas heating appliance?
Gas heating appliances are outpacing wood-burning appliances in popularity. There are four reasons why homeowners love gas heating appliances.
- Easy Installation
Gas fireplaces, inserts and stoves produce far less smoke than wood-burning appliances. The highest efficiency units are zero-clearance fireplaces which are designed to produce no smoke at all. Zero-clearance gas fireplaces do not require any ventilation. More traditional gas units, like direct vent fireplaces, only require a small pipe that can go through the wall or ceiling to vent the smoke outside. Since gas appliances need little to no ventilation, you can easily have them installed in practically any room of your home. In contrast to wood-burning appliances that may need a full chimney. Many are designed with extra insulation so that you can safely install it right next to combustible materials instead of requiring a large clearance area as a wood-burning appliance does.
- High Heat Output
Gas heating appliances have higher efficiency than even the best wood appliances. While EPA certified wood fireplaces and stoves can average over 70% efficiency, the average efficiency rating for gas appliances is over 80%. What this means for you is greater heat output. Your gas appliance will produce more heat with less fuel than a wood-burning appliance.
- Low Environmental Impact
When natural gas or propane burner, they release fewer combustion byproducts into the atmosphere than wood, pellets or coal. A study found that gas heating appliances release 99% fewer pollutants than wood-burning appliances. As a result, this clean-burning fuel is better for the environment. It doesn’t contribute to poor air quality and reduces your carbon footprint. An added benefit is that you don’t have to worry about the risks of creosote buildup. Creosote is a highly flammable chemical compound that builds up in the chimneys and vents of wood-burning appliances because of the high levels of combustion byproducts they produce. It’s the leading cause of chimney fires.
- Convenient Features & Customization
Gas heating appliances are extremely convenient and customizable in ways that wood-burning appliances aren’t. Since gas can be easily ignited and controlled, gas appliances can be operated by a wall switch or remote control. You can even find models that are thermostat controlled like a furnace.
Many models allow you to change the height of the flames and heat output. Along with controlling the flames, you can customize the appearance of your gas heating appliance. Many fireplace and stove models allow you to choose the type of faux logs or fire glass in the fireplace display. You may also be able to choose between different mantels or faces for the fireplace. The ability to customize the appearance of your gas heating appliance and choose convenient options that fit your busy lifestyle is a great advantage.
What is the difference between a gas fireplace and a gas stove?
A gas fireplace is not only a heating appliance, but it is also an architectural feature of a home just like a traditional fireplace. When you walk into a room with a gas fireplace, it is the natural focal point. That’s part of its purpose along with providing heating. In contrast, gas stoves aren’t meant to draw attention.
The primary purpose of a gas stove is to produce heat. Unlike a fireplace that only radiates heat on one side, a gas stove radiates heat on all four sides. It is the best option if you are looking for a gas appliance that can efficiently heat a large area. A gas fireplace is the best choice if you want your gas appliance to be an attractive focal feature in a room and aren’t looking to heat a large space.
Can you convert a wood-burning fireplace to burn gas?
There are two ways that a wood-burning fireplace can be converted to burn gas. Either by installing gas logs or a gas fireplace insert.
Gas logs are primarily a convenient, aesthetic accessory. They look like real logs and produce a similar amount of heat without the inconvenience of cutting logs and building a fire. Since they are installed in a traditional fireplace, most of the heat they produce is lost up the chimney.
A gas fireplace insert is the best option if you want to improve the efficiency of your fireplace. It is an insulated firebox that is installed inside of your existing fireplace. It is designed to prevent heat from escaping up the chimney and instead effectively radiate it into the room.
Not all gas logs or gas fireplace inserts are compatible with every fireplace. It is important to consult your fireplace’s manual or speak with a fireplace expert to ensure that the gas logs or insert you are interested in can be safely installed in your fireplace.
If you are interested in learning more about gas-burning appliances, stop by Inglenook Energy Center! Our trained and knowledgeable staff are committed to offering you full-service customer care. While you are here, check out our 3,000 sq. ft. showroom with gas fireplaces, gas stoves, gas inserts and gas logs from the best brands!