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How to Determine the Right Fireplace for Your Home

How to Determine the Right Fireplace for Your HomeIf you’re building or remodeling your home, you might want a fireplace for the beauty and home comfort they provide. The next question is whether to choose a wood-burning or a gas model. Here are some pros and cons of each to help you decide.

Wood-Burning Fireplaces

The sound and aroma of burning logs evokes romantic nostalgia. Wood-burning fireplaces harken back to a simpler time when families gathered around the hearth to enjoy warmth on dreary winter nights.

Benefits:

  • Advocates of these enjoy the process of building and tending to the fire.
  • People who like old interior decorating styles, such as English cottage or Victorian, sometimes prefer the ambience of wood burning.
  • No gas lines required and they can operate as a backup heating source during power outages.
  • If you grow your own wood, you don’t have the fuel costs associated with gas-fueled fireplaces.

Disadvantages:

  • The aroma that these emit is bad news for indoor air quality. Soot particles, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide are among the dangerous substances released into the home.
  • Ash must be removed and creosote, a combustible tar-like substance, must be cleaned from chimneys to avoid dangerous chimney fires.

Gas Fireplaces

Benefits:

  • More options for placement around the home. You can even install them quickly in an outdoor living area.
  • Gas fireplaces are available as inserts, stand-alone or built-in structures. :
  • There is no ash and cleaning is minimal.
  • You don’t have to purchase or cut wood logs each year.
  • More efficient home heating than with wood-burning fireplaces.
  • You can light the fire remotely with a click of a button.
  • Vented gas fireplaces do not put harmful emissions into your home’s air.
  • You can find units to match any type of interior decorating style, from traditional to modern.

Disadvantages:

  • Your home will need to be hooked up to natural gas or you will need a large propane tank outdoors.
  • Without a battery backup, you cannot use the electronic ignition in a power outage.

For more information about choosing a fireplace, please contact us at Beyer Boys today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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