Let’s take an introductory look at gas fireplaces. First of all, gas fireplaces typically come in three types: inserts, which are used to retrofit a wood-burning fireplace; built-ins, are typically installed where there isn’t an existing firebox; and log sets, basic burners that sit in existing, open fireplaces. Inserts and built-in fireplaces are very efficient heat producers. They fill your room with a mixture of warm air and radiant heat in Hamilton. Log sets are primarily used for looks rather than warmth.
Gas fireplaces, depending on the model, can burn propane or natural gas, which is less expensive and produces about 5 percent more heat. Typically, those who choose propane have done so where natural gas isn’t available in Hamilton. Most models are direct vent and do require a gas or propane line directly to the unit, consider this when choosing a location in your home.
Wood-burning fireplaces provide great ambiance and warmth, but natural gas and propane fireplaces have their advantages.
- You don’t have to stack or haul logs.
- There are no ashes to bag, no smoky smells, no chimney to clean.
- You can start a fire or snuff a fire with the touch of a remote control.
- The fire needs no tending and will not die out due to neglect.
- A thermostat can control the flame size, and therefore heat output, allowing for a controlled, steady temperature setting.
- The enclosed fireboxes on inserts and built-ins ensure that the furnace heated air in the rest of the house doesn’t escape up the flue, as it does with a wood fire.
- You can get most of the fuel’s energy back as heat, compared to that of a wood burning fireplace.
- Gas fireplaces can be installed almost anywhere in a home – Upstairs, in a basement, or outdoor, without needing a chimney
- If you would like to learn more about natural gas or propane fireplaces we would be glad to help. Langton Mechanical has been serving the Greater Hamilton Area for over 20 years and we stand behind all of our installations 100%.