On a cold night, there’s nothing better than sitting in front of a warm fire. However, the attention and cleanup that fires require can be tedious. If you want the cozy warmth that a fireplace offers, without the work, you should consider installing a gas fireplace in your home.
These fireplaces require less attention, and they keep the home warm and toasty just like a wood-burning fireplace. If you are looking to add a fireplace to your home, here are five reasons you should consider a gas fireplace.
1. Gas Fireplaces Do Not Require a Chimney
If your home is not already equipped with a fireplace and a chimney, a gas fireplace can operate without one. Building a chimney can be both expensive and a major hassle. With a gas fireplace, a chimney is not necessarily required. Gas fireplaces are often vented through the use of a pipe that leads outdoors.
2. Gas Fireplaces Are Efficient
One of the main advantages of a gas fireplace is that they are more efficient, especially when compared to wood-burning fireplaces, which lose almost 85 percent of their heat through the chimney.
As previously mentioned, gas fireplaces don’t require a chimney because they can be vented. Vented gas fireplaces keep somewhere between 70 and 85 percent of the heat inside the home.
3. Gas Fireplaces Can Be Installed Anywhere
While wood and coal burning fireplaces may look great in your home, there are a few limitations on where they can be built. A chimney is needed for these types of fireplaces because of the exhaust they produce. Since gas fireplaces do not need chimneys, they can be installed in any room in your house.
This means that if you want a fireplace in your kitchen, bathroom, living room, or even outside, it’s possible. Gas fireplaces can even be put in the basement of the home. The process to install a gas fireplace is also quick and easy compared to building a fireplace and a chimney.
4. Gas Fireplaces Are Less Work Than Wood Fireplaces
While wood-burning fireplaces do have a certain traditional charm, it comes at a price. Chopping and hauling firewood into the home can be a hassle. And cleaning up the soot the fire leaves behind can be a pain. This buildup is something that has to be dealt with on a regular basis. Likewise, using coal can be time-consuming and dirty.
Gas fireplaces don’t require firewood, coal, or cleanup. Whenever you want a fire, it’s ready to go with just a click of the button, and there are no embers to tend to while the fire is going. In addition, whenever you are done with the fire, all you have to do is turn the gas off.
5. Gas Fireplaces Offer More Options
Another reason to consider a gas fireplace is the fact that there are a variety of types to choose from, and these options come at a variety of price points. Here are some of the types available:
  • Log Insert– This insert is a gas burner, usually in the shape of logs, that is placed within an existing fireplace. This is a great way to convert an existing fireplace into a gas one. Gas inserts are also the least expensive option for a gas fireplace.
  • Insert– An insert is very similar to a log insert. The main difference is that the gas burner is encased within a metal box that is then inserted into an existing fireplace. This type of gas fireplace is available as vented or non-vented, which will keep even more heat in the home.
  • Built-In– For those who do not have an existing fireplace, built-in gas fireplaces are a great option. They can be built to look just like a traditional fireplace, but no chimney is required. They are also available in vented and non-vented forms.

Fireplaces are welcome additions to the home during the cold winter months. If you are considering adding a fireplace to your home, gas may be the right choice. Contact the experts at Alaskan Fireplace Company to learn more about gas fireplaces.