The Benefits to Gas Over Wood-Burning Fireplaces

gas insertFireplaces are a great addition to any home. Both gas and wood options offer a degree of warmth, but unlike wood-burning, gas fireplaces provide steady, consistent heating. The heat from a wood fireplace decreases as the wood burns and therefore requires fuel replenishment. Gas fireplace are much more user friendly, as easy as a flip of a switch.

 

Gas fireplaces are more controlled and do not output sparks or smoke. A natural fireplace requires chimney and regular maintenance to remove creosote. Gas fireplaces have venting systems and therefore do not require a traditional fireplace chimney. The flames of a gas fire also don’t produce creosote, which can build up in the chimney causing damage.

 

Gas fireplace produce better, increased heat than its wood counterpart. Most gas fireplaces have blowers installed with them for better distribution of the heat that comes from the flames. This keeps warms and entire homes warmer than traditional fireplaces. While it would be unfair to say that gas fireplaces are better than wood fireplaces, they certainly have benefits that are worth recognizing when deciding between the two.

 

Fireplaces are great for any home. They drive down your energy costs when heating is instrumental in the winter months and are a pleasant centerpieces for gatherings. So afford yourself these luxuries the easy way with easy-to-clean, low maintenance gas fireplace inserts. In addition to providing the easier-to-own option, they are also exponentially safer, allowing you to better protect your family.

The importance of Chimney Repointing

chimney repointing Over time, the mortar between the bricks on your chimney could degrade and break down. This is due to the extreme elements of the outdoors they are exposed to on a daily basis, especially in more seasonal climates. In extreme cases, the mortar can wear right through, exposing even the inside of your chimney to the outdoors.

 
Having any compromise to the soundness of your chimney will lead to moisture penetration and eventual collapse. And this can prove detrimental to not only the chimney itself, but even to the foundation of your building. So addressing this issue as soon as it is discovered is imperative for the soundness of your building and safety of those living there, not to mention the neighbors.

 
Fixing the degraded mortar on your chimney, known as ‘repointing,’ is imperative as soon as the issue is realized. This is because the interior wall of your chimney is not designed to withstand the harsh elements, moisture or ice that mortar degradation will introduce. Subsequently, not only will the entire wall from the roof down to ground level face vulnerability to leaking and rotting, the foundation is at serious risk.

 
With these compromises, your home is open to growth in black mold, a very dangerous mold arising from moisture exposure. When breathed in, black mold spores can actually cause irreversible lung damage. Exposing your foundation to the elements also opens the possibility of a cracking foundation.

 
So having your crumbling chimney mortar professionally repointed is crucial at the first sign of problems. Otherwise, in addition to the comparatively nominal cost to repointing, you could face very costly foundation repair and black mold removal fees. Keeping moisture out of the home is the goal of every homeowner. And a crumbling chimney is the antithesis.

The Truth Behind Roof Rot

36257606_SAny kind of water penetration into a house allows the rapid growth of wood dry rot, molds and mildews. It is the rapid onset of molds and the later development wood rot or dry rot, which makes recovering houses that have stood in flood waters so problematic. It’s not so much the mud, garbage or silt that ultimately destroys the building as it is excessive moisture.

Dry Rot (which is actually several different species of wood-eating fungus) breaks down the inner fibers of the wood which causes it to become weak and brittle. For example, this is why some lumber is “pressure-treated” with fungus killing preservatives which will prevent or slow down most fungal growth. All treatments weaken with age and must be constantly reapplied.

But the root cause of all dry rot and mold is excess moisture. Water penetration from a roof leak, if allowed to continue unchecked will eventually increase the moisture and humidity levels in your home. Water not only seeps into wood but also into insulation and other building materials as well. Dry rot is such a big deal because the wood-eating fungus digests or absorbs the parts of the fibers that make wood timbers and beams both rigid and strong.

The wood damaged by rot is usually somewhat dry and crumbly in appearance, hence the nickname “dry rot”, although the fungus spores only thrive in a damp or moist environment. This in turn causes the areas of your home affected by dry rot to suffer structural problems such as weakening of load-bearing beams, rafters, ceiling and floor joists, girders and other critical building components.

It only takes a 20% moisture level for dry rot to begin “fruiting” and to start sending out fine, microscopic strands of grey fungus into surrounding fibers. And once established in an ideal setting, dry rot can grow as fast as 9 -10 feet in a year and pass through cracks inside brick! So an uninterrupted source of water, no matter how tiny, can quickly accelerate the spread of this woodeating fungus effectively destroying your home’s structure. So putting

The Benefits to Gas Fireplace Inserts

Fireplace Insert Traditional wood-burning fireplaces perpetuate messiness. Between the lost bark from logs and paper scraps or the used matches required to light the pilot/kindling your living room could look like a disaster area before you know. Then of course there’s the hassle of having to pick up and haul the logs inside from the cold.

 
Traditional wood-burning fireplaces also need regular maintenance. If you don’t have a professional cleaning conducted on your fireplace at least once a year, the soot buildup presents a serious fire hazard. The heat from your regular fires could actually ignite the creosote buildup and any debris that collects from regular wood burning. This is the cause of around 25,000 annual chimney fires.

 
Luckily you have the option to take the hassle and maintenance cost out of starting a fire to the coziness level in your home up a notch. Gas inserts create the same warm, homey effect as a traditional, wood-burning stove, but can be turned on and off without tracking any messy logs through your living room.

 
What’s more is gas inserts are actually safer for your home and family. Without having to regularly clean your chimney, you remove the element of risk associated with chimney fires. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about the annual cost of maintaining a wood-burning fireplace. Inserts are also insurmountably more efficient, projecting the entirety of its heat production into your home. This compares to traditional fireplaces, whereby 90% of heat produces is lost right up the chimney.

 
Traditional wood-burning fireplaces are messy and pose more than a few hazards. Aside from the increased fire hazard, suppose you had to go outside in the dead of winter to get firewood; you’re exposed to the risk of slipping on ice. Not to mention it is just plain uncomfortable. Gas inserts, on the other hand, are clean, efficient and can be ignited with the flip of a switch without having to go outside to face the elements for any reason.

Benefits to a Fireplace

Fireplaces are a great addition to any home, but how do you know whether gas or wood is the best choice? While both have a lot to offer a residence, gas fireplaces have an abundance of benefits. For example, gas fireplaces provide steady, consistent heating for your home. The heat from a wood fireplace decreases as the wood burns and therefore requires fuel replenishment.

Another benefit of a gas fireplace is that they are much more user friendly. Starting a fire isn’t easy, but igniting a gas fireplace takes just the flip of a switch. Old and young adults can get a fire going without having to haul wood, add kindling and get the fire to light and stay burning. Which brings another benefit to light, no chopping, buying and moving wood for the fire.

Wood fires often produce sparks or fly away flames, which can damage close furniture or even hurt people sitting close to the fireplace. For small children and pets, this can be especially detrimental. Gas fireplaces are more controlled and do not produce either of these side effects.

A natural fireplace requires two things that gas fireplaces do not: chimney and regular maintenance to remove creosote. Gas fireplaces have venting systems and therefore do not require a traditional fireplace chimney. The flames of a gas fire also don’t produce creosote, which can build up in the chimney causing damage.

But perhaps one of the most important benefits is that a gas fireplace produce better, increased heat than its wood counterpart. Most gas fireplaces have blowers installed with them for better distribution of the heat that comes from the flames. This keeps warms and entire homes warmer than traditional fireplaces. While it would be unfair to say that gas fireplaces are better than wood fireplaces, they certainly have benefits that are worth recognizing when deciding between the two.

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