When it comes to adding warmth and elegance to a room, there’s nothing as effective as a fireplace. But with all the design options available today, is a gas fireplace a better option than a wood burning fireplace for your home? Here we’ll help you decide which option is right for you.
Wood Burning Fireplace
You simply cannot beat the look, smell and warmth of a traditional fireplace in your home.
The crackling wood sound and invigorating smells just can’t be simulated. A wood fireplace will also keep burning even if your power goes out. A gas stove that will also work, as most have the ability to operate on 4 AA batteries for back up heat. New innovations in wood fireplace designs have also improved the overall efficiency, providing more heat and a much cleaner burn than traditional open fireplaces. Some high-efficiency wood burning fireplaces have burning times up to 10-12 Hours on one single load of wood, allowing you to heat your entire home and reduce the need for a conventional furnace. There are even some designs that can be used outdoors to provide more beauty and warmth to your patio space.
There are certain factors worth considering before investing in a wood burning fireplace. Wood burning fireplaces require annual maintenance to ensure the fireplace itself and the chimney are properly cleaned out and in good working condition. If you’re on a budget, the price might also be a deterrent. It’s important to consider the installation of a full chimney system vs. the simplicity of a side wall vent of a gas or propane fireplace. Gas or wood fireplaces can be finished with stone, tile or brick to give a more traditional or contemporary look to fit your space. There is a wide range of fireplace designs and types for every budget. Special financing is often available, making a fireplace or stove update or addition very affordable.
Is it the right fit?
- You have the budget to install a wood burning fireplace
- You want a traditional brick and stone look and feel
- You have access to wood
- You can regularly maintain the fireplace and chimney
- You would like an outdoor fireplace to enhance your space
A gas fireplace produces a similar experience to a real fireplace, but without the full blown crackle, heat and smell. You won’t get the ambiance of real flames but rather glowing logs and dancing flames. This makes it the perfect option for those who are simply looking for the appearance of a real fire without the work. It’s often an easier option than wood, as they can be vented out any exterior wall, rather than requiring a full chimney system through the roof. And, it’s more convenient since you can get it started with the flick of a switch on your remote control. Gas fireplaces also tend to be more energy and price-efficient. You can have a basic prebuilt gas fireplace installed for only a few thousand dollars. And because it doesn’t require wood to operate, you can save a few hundred dollars each year on wood costs too.
Is it the right fit?
- You’re looking for an affordable option
- You want something convenient and easy to use
- You don’t want the smell of wood or fire in your home
- You have young children or pets
Contact us at Top Hat Home Comfort Services today and we’ll show you all the latest wood burning and gas fireplace options that are available for your home. Our team is experts at designing and installing fireplaces inside and outdoors. Whether it’s a stone chimney and wood fireplace that you want, or a bedroom gas fireplace more for the effect, we can make it happen. We also offer easy monthly payments, and with an online pre-approval, you can shop with confidence. Contact us today to learn more.