If you’re looking to install a fireplace, you may be wondering whether you should install a gas fireplace or a wood fireplace. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages, but it should be fairly easy to figure out which one is best for you depending on your personal needs.
Read on to learn about each type of fireplace and decide which is best for your home.
Gas Fireplaces: The Pros and Cons
Gas fireplaces have become a mainstay of many modern homes. They have fewer maintenance requirements and often improve the value of a home. Some other advantages include the following:
- Gas fireplaces start immediately. You can simply flip on the gas and you immediately have a fire. You don’t need to try to ignite wood or wait for it to start burning. You also don’t need to collect any fuel to begin running it.
- Gas fireplaces don’t require extensive maintenance and cleaning. Many gas fireplaces have ceramic logs or other decor inside, which rarely need to be maintained and cleaned. Maintenance for a wood fireplace includes ash removal and regular cleaning to assure safety.
- Gas fireplaces can have a traditional appearance. Though they aren’t going to burn wood, many modern gas fireplaces are still designed to replicate the appearance of a traditional fireplace as closely as possible.
- Gas fireplaces are often more energy efficient. It may seem as though a wood burning fireplace would be more environmentally friendly, but because a wood burning fireplace emits about 28 pounds of emissions a year, a gas fireplace is actually more efficient.
This may seem like a gas fireplace is an easy answer, and for many installing a gas fireplace could be the best and most convenient solution. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t also some upsides to a wood fireplace, especially for those who enjoy tradition and nostalgia.
Gas fireplaces can be considered more dangerous than a wood burning fireplace since they are attached to a gas line and could cause a gas leak in the home. With proper use, however, this should not be an issue.
Wood Fireplaces: The Pros and Cons
When you think of a fireplace, you often think about a traditional wood fireplace. Wood fireplaces are cheaper and have traditional appeal. Some of the other advantages include the following:
- Wood fireplaces are generally cheaper to operate. If you don’t want to keep using fuel, you can simply throw a few logs onto your fire. Wood itself is typically cheap and could even be free if you own a forested area. On the other hand, this does depend on the cost of wood. In areas where wood cannot be purchased easily, wood fireplaces may be more expensive to operate.
- Wood fireplaces are a unique experience. Wood fireplaces crackle and fill a home with the smell of the wood that you’re burning. For some people, it isn’t the warmth that they want — it’s the actual experience of being around a lit fire and listening to the logs.
- Wood fireplaces can increase a home’s value. If your home already has a comforting charm to it (or a rustic design), having a traditional wood fireplace could potentially improve its appeal. There are many areas in which more traditional, historic appliances can be favored over newer, more modern ones.
Ultimately, it may seem that wood fireplaces are mostly useful to those who want them for comfort. While this may be true, this isn’t something to be dismissed — many factors go into making a home comfortable and enjoyable to live in.
So, which fireplace is the best option for your home? Your choice really depends on upkeep, maintenance, and the overall experience that you want. To compare both types of fireplaces, contact Alaskan Fireplace Inc.