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5 Benefits Of Gas Fireplaces

Nothing could be cozier on a chilly winter night than relaxing with a glass of wine or a cup of tea and your favorite book by a warm fire. Unfortunately, the reality of owning and operating a traditional wood-burning fireplace or wood stove isn't nearly as romantic. Thankfully, modern technology provides safe and efficient gas fireplaces. Here are five advantages of gas over wood.

Gas Fireplaces Provide Consistent Heat

Wood heat is notoriously horrible at providing heat at a constant temperature. When you add new wood, the room can become very warm, usually uncomfortably warm. As the wood burns down, the temperature becomes too low. It's a constant battle trying to regulate the heat that a wood fireplace or stove puts out. With a gas fireplace, all you need to do is pick a temperature, set it, and forget it.

Gas Fireplaces Don't Require Any Work

With a wood fireplace, you need a steady supply of wood. That means felling trees, letting them dry for a year or more, chopping, cutting, splitting, stacking, and storing. The backbreaking, potentially dangerous work is never-ending. Even if you skip doing the cutting and splitting yourself, you still have to order wood from someone else and find a place to stack and store it. Gas fireplaces are easy to operate and just require a flip of the switch. You'll also save countless trees.

Gas Fireplaces Are Clean

Wood fireplaces are messy. You have the mess of hauling wood in, with bark and snow getting everywhere. Then you have to regularly clean the fireplace or stove, removing and disposing of the ashes. Wood fireplaces pop and spark, even if you have a screen, creating more mess. Plus, everything in your home will smell like wood smoke. Most people don't want to constantly smell like they have been sitting around a campfire. With a gas fireplace, no noxious fumes, odors, particles, ashes, or dust escape into your home environment.

Gas Fireplaces Are Stylishly Designed

No worries if you prefer the look of a real wood fireplace. Modern gas fireplaces can be made to look just like the real thing, complete with a pile of realistic looking ceramic logs sitting on a wrought iron grate.  

Gas Fireplaces Don't Require A Chimney

Wood fireplaces require a chimney for proper venting. This needs to be clean on a regular basis to prevent a fire hazard. With a gas fireplace, they are self-venting, and many models come with built-in blowers, making them even more efficient. To learn more, speak with a business like Sleepy Hollow Stove & Fireplace