Most homeowners now favour gas fireplaces above any other type of fireplace. Here are eight reasons why:
- No ashes or wood scraps to clean up
- Turns on with the flick of a switch
- Flames are safely enclosed
- Less pollution: wood-fire home heating is responsible for as much as half of the fine particle emissions associated with human activities.
- No chimney required (or chimney sweeping, chimney inspections or concerns about smoke filling your living room)
- Economical: a natural gas fireplace can save at least 25% on your energy bill
- Heat can be easily regulated (even from your cell phone)
- Installs virtually anywhere in the home
Yes, they are extremely safe. Newer models have many safety sensors built into them.
According to Health Canada, wood smoke contains several pollutants such as carbon-monoxide, particle matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and some potentially cancer-causing substances. The comparison is dramatic: wood creates 4 gr/hr of particulate pollution compared to a gas furnace which only creates 0.02 gr/hr. In addition, exposure to wood smoke could cause eyes, nose and throat irritation and respiratory problems.
Wood smoke emissions also contribute to smog and acid rain. For example, approximately half the winter smog on the island of Montreal is attributed to the city’s 85,000 wood-burning fireplaces and stoves.
Despite the campfire appeal of a wood-burning fireplace, many Canadians are seeking better environmental alternatives when choosing a new fireplace for their home. Gas fireplaces produce only a tiny fraction of the pollutants emitted by a wood-burning ones, thereby dramatically reducing corresponding health risks. In addition, several other factors make gas fireplaces even more appealing:
- Because a gas fireplace doesn’t operate on electricity, gas burns at a reduced cost compared to a standard home heater or the cost of wood logs.
- There are less hassles involved with carrying and collecting logs, and cleaning up ash, or eliminating lingering odours.
- An on-off switch on gas fireplaces minimizes fire hazards and because direct-vent gas fireplaces are sealed combustion units, leaving little chance for toxic combustion gases to spill into the home.
- Temperature adjustment is more flexible and more convenient.
It depends. The model of gas fireplace you choose greatly determines its overall energy efficiency. During our free consultation with prospective clients, we discuss this factor in detail, determining how much or how little heat you want added to a room through your gas fireplace, and the degree to which the fireplace will primarily be used for decoration (instead of home heating).
No. Most gas fireplaces require no electricity, except if your fireplace is equipped with a fan. For gas fireplaces with electronic ignition, a battery back up is standard.
No! A conventional chimney is not required as most gas fireplaces vent through an exterior wall of your house.
Yes. A gas fireplace is a great investment adding comfort, ambiance and an additional heat source to your house. One study found that adding a fireplace can return 138% on investment at resale.
Fortunately the price of gas fireplaces has become quite affordable and is considerably less than traditional wood fireplaces, which may require a chimney installation. A basic gas fireplace starts from as low as $2000.
No. When dealing with an authorized company like Fawcett Fireplaces, we take responsibility for the job and ensure your installation fulfills all building codes in your area.
No! There is no requirement for a permit to install a gas fireplace in Southern Ontario.
No, you must install a gas fireplace in a location that can vent to the exterior of your house. Each installation is unique; during our free consultation, we will suggest the best locations in your home for a gas fireplace installation.
Yes. We can install a used gas fireplace if it is in good working condition. However, we typically suggest that clients consider installing a new model as gas fireplaces have a certain life expectancy and newer models have superior technology and efficiency. Installing a used fireplace is only a good option if the product is not to old and you already know that it works well.