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Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces 

A fireplace adds character and value to your home. When someone imagines their dream home, the dream typically includes a cozy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heating system or gathering around a cozy fire. 

It’s hard to resist the allure of of a toasty fire, but how do you choose between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many aspects to consider when deciding how to heat your home. 

Aesthetics and Efficiency  

  • Wood: A wood burning fireplace typically wins in the sensory category. You get the crackle. You get the pop. You get the chance to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is an efficient heating source. Wood fires usually receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, a lot lower than a furnace that has regular service performed. They do reach high temperatures, but most of that heat is lost up the chimney. Wood burning fireplaces not only lose the heat coming from the fire, but it also pulls warm air from other parts of the house up and out the chimney. 
  • Gas: There have been many aesthetic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and many models offer varied height adjustments. The ceramic logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely resemble the real thing and come complete with glimmering embers, which don’t force you to wait while they burn out. You can simply switch your gas fireplace on and off, giving you more control over your home’s temperature and frees you from having to tend to your fire. The lack of fire stealing oxygen gives gas fireplaces a 75% to 99% efficiency rating. Just picture the level of comfort you could get when you pair that with a well-maintained furnace.  

Air Quality and Maintenance 

  • Wood: Air quality is critical to homeowners and homebuyers. Burning wood produces air pollution in and outside your family’s home and the smoky wood aroma that a wood burning fireplace emits could be a health hazard. Wood also creates a byproduct called creosote that lines the coating of the chimney and must be removed by a chimney sweep. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed regularly, gas fireplaces also require regular cleanings of soot and spent logs. 
  • Gas: Gas fireplaces only require some dusting every now and then and are practically maintenance free. It is recommended that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted yearly by a professional to keep it operating both safely and efficiently. 

If you are interested in finding out more information about converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you want to schedule your yearly furnace service, please call us at at 614-334-3192 or schedule an appointment online. Our experts will have you cozied up and warm in no time. 

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