Shopping for a Gas Fireplace
Traditionally, many older homes have enjoyed the comfort and
beauty of a wood burning fireplace in either their living
room or dining room, but tradition be damned! The growing
trend among homeowners in the 21st century is to install a
gas fireplace. In fact, in some cases, freestanding stoves
are even being converted to a gas-powered option.
And for good reason: Gas fireplaces and stoves are often
easier to operate, less expensive, more efficient, and even
cleaner than other alternatives. What follows is a shopper's
guide for those who are ready to take the plunge and purchase
a gas-powered fireplace.
you'll be glad to know that there are lots of different
styles and makes for you to choose from. You can pretty
much have one in the size and color of your own choice.
And almost any one that you choose can be iinstalled with
the mantle or kind of masonry work that you prefer. What's
more, even if your home does not have the option of natural
gas, many gas fireplaces can be filled instead with propane.
you go shopping for your fireplace, make sure that the business
you select has a good reputation of working with their customers,
as you will need to rely on their experience and advice.
A knowledgeable expert in the field will be able to explain
to you the plusses and minuse of installing a gas fireplace.
As they will doubtless point out, they come in many different
decors, including Victorian, ornate and contemporary.
are other advantages that a gas fireplace has over other
heating options. For instance, there are numerous
accessories that can improve the fireplace's efficiency
and effectiveness. One such accessory is an electric
fan that is designed to assist in circulating the heat.
There are also thermostats that are made to tell the fireplace
when to come on and go off, thus keeping the heat at a consistent
temperature. In recent years, even remote controls
have appeared on the scene. These let you control
the fire, turning it on and off and controlling the flame's
height, as easily as you would turn on the TV and control
its volume. You will have to sort through all of these things
and decide what you want to buy. Again, a reputable dealer
will be able to assist with these decisions.
you've spoken with an expert in the area, and after you've
decided what size, color and style you want your fireplace
to be, see if a person from the store can come out to your
home to help you determine if there are any special requirements
that need to be addressed before installing a gas fireplace
there. For instance, someone will have to size your
firepace for your house's specific needs. Each house
is different. Some houses are a single story, while
others have two or three floors. The ceiling in each
house is different, and every house has a different kind
of floor plan. All of these things affect how well
any fireplace will heat the house. Only an expert
in this area can give you an accurate calculation of heat-loss
in your house, how your windows will affect the heating,
how good your insulation is, and other related issues.
can be a lengthy and sometimes confusing process, but most
people consider it an exciting one. And at the end of this
whole journey, you will have an addition to your living
room that will provide years of comfort and cozy conversations
in front of the fire. Not a bad deal!