Gas fireplaces bring so much more than just a source of heat. Not only are they great for for heating a room even if the  power goes out, they also help reduce that always growing electricty bill, and who does not like having that special romantic evening around the fire.

How they work.
Basically a natural or propane gas burner and simulated logs are enclosed in a fire safe box. Most gas fireplaces have a glass front for easy viewing of the fire. To turn on your fire simply flip the switch, and instantly you have ambiance and an immediate heat source.

Three different types.
Factory Built - A factory built fireplace may also be referred to as a zero clearance unit. This type of fireplace is usually installed during a renovation project or when a home is being built.

Free Standing - A free standing gas fireplace resembles and old fashioned wood burning stove. These fireplaces are most effective as a source of heat because all surfaces are exposed.

Inserts - Gas fireplace inserts are manufactured to be inserted into the cavity of an existing fireplace. They covert the fireplace from wood burning to gas. If you choose to go with a fireplace insert, the chimney must be completely relined and an approved vent must be installed.

No matter what type of gas fireplace you choose, it has to be installed by a professional heating contractor. However, be sure to check how the vent is installed to ensure energy efficiency and safety.

When choosing a gas fireplace, select a unit that is energy efficient and safe. Fireplaces come with a government rating that tells you a lot about the unit you are considering. The fireplace you choose should enhance the décor of your home, as well as act as a source of heat.

Here are some Features to look for when choosing the perfect fireplace.

  •     A direct-vent unit for energy efficiency and safety
  •     An automatic starter instead of a pilot light, for more energy efficiency
  •     A squirrel cage circulating fan. These are quiet and force convective heat into the room
  •     A ceramic glass front, for transmitting infrared heat from the flame to the room
  •     A secondary heat exchanger. Units that have them push more heat into your home
  •     Connectability to ductwork, allowing heat to be evenly distributed through several rooms
  •     Variable setting controls, allowing you to regulate gas consumption by adjusting the temperature. Check the  turn-down range.

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