Fall in Love with Your Fireplace

Fall in Love with Your Fireplace

Having a fireplace is appealing to homeowners, but many people do not know how to maintain them, and may end up not using them. So, it’s time to learn about your fireplace, and fall in love with it all over again!

Gas Fireplaces

Pros:

  • Instant – Gas fireplaces are great for an immediate response. There’s no preparation involved, as they are generally controlled by just a remote or switch.
  • Efficient – During the winter months, constantly using the central heating system can be pricey. Using a fireplace can be cost efficient, especially if multiple fireplaces are installed throughout the house.
  • Minimal maintenance – Besides the recommended annual inspection, there’s not much more required.

Cons:

  • Pricey installation – Installing a gas line can be expensive if not already done so. Researching multiple heating options is a good way to ensure you choose the best for your particular home.
  • Aesthetic – This is completely preference, but if you desire the crackling sound or smell of burning wood, a gas fireplace won’t deliver these expectations.

Wood-burning Fireplaces

Pros:

  • Reliability – There’s no need to worry about electrical issues when a wood-burning fireplace is accessible. Whether your power is out or your heater is broken, you won’t be cold in the dark!
  • Ambiance – It’s difficult to find a gas fireplace with realistic wood-burning features. The cozy sound of crackling logs is always enjoyable to have as background noise.

Cons:

  • Preparation – Whether you buy or chop your own firewood, the fireplace can’t burn without it. Also, a proper shelter for the wood is necessary to keep it dry.
  • Maintenance – More maintenance is involved, especially with cleaning the ashes.
  • Lack of efficiency – A wood-burning fireplace isn’t efficient when it comes to heating large spaces. Also, prepare for higher utility bills if there are drifts coming in and out of the chimney.

Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

There’s not much cleaning and maintenance required for a gas fireplace besides an annual inspection. As for a wood-burning fireplace, here are our suggestions:

  • According to Ken Robinson from the Chimney Safety Institute of America, a professional should always inspect the fireplace and chimney prior to regular maintenance completed by the homeowner. The bricks and damper should be checked.
  • If you clean your own fireplace, dispersing the ashes and creosote on your flowerbeds is a wonderful source of nutrients for the soil and growing plants.

If you have any other questions regarding heating or cooling, contact your local Aire Serv today!

Contact us today for more tips to schedule an HVAC inspection.

Sources:

https://www.mychimney.com/blog/pros-and-cons-of-gas-wood-and-electric-fireplaces/

https://www.mychimney.com/blog/pros-and-cons-of-gas-wood-and-electric-fireplaces/

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/cleaning/tips-on-cleaning-and-maintaining-a-fireplace

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