Wood fireplaces will always be authentic. They'll always have a natural appeal, which means they will always have a place in the market. But gone are the days when most people chose wood fireplaces. More recently, gas fireplaces have been the go-to option. There are a few reasons for this change.
Gas fireplaces are fast and easy to light.
Lighting a wood fireplace is not easy. There's real technique and skill involved, and if your wood is not dried and cut just right, it can be extra difficult to light. With a gas fireplace, you don't have to worry about all this. You just push a button, and the fireplace is on. When you're ready to be done, you push another button, and the fireplace turns off. You don't have to wait for a log to burn down and then figure out how to keep any children from touching the hot coals.
Gas fireplaces are better for the environment.
Even though wood is natural, burning it does release some pollutants into the air. Natural gas, on the other hand, burns much cleaner. So, for homeowners who use their fireplaces often, gas is the more eco-friendly choice. Sometimes gas may be your only option if you want to meet certain green building standards.
Gas fireplaces don't require you to store wood.
Storing wood for a fireplace can be quite a hassle. You need a dry, large space. Even then, you can face issues like termite infestations and rot. A gas fireplace, on the other hand, just draws its fuel through your gas line. There is nothing extra to store, which means you can use your yard and shed for other purposes.
Gas fireplaces don't create a mess.
Even if you are really careful when loading the fireplace and emptying it, wood fireplaces tend to be messy. For instance, you get soot throughout the home and logs can shed their bark as you carry them into the house. With a gas fireplace, there is no mess to worry about. You can spend your days sitting in front of the fireplace and relaxing, rather than cleaning up after your fire.
If you are thinking of having a fireplace installed, consider opting for gas. Unless you really want the natural ambiance that a wood fireplace creates, gas tends to be the optimal choice as it will save you the headache of having to store wood, start a fire, and clean up. Contact a company that installs gas fireplaces for more information.