Add Heating and an Attractive Look With a Gas Fireplace

Gas FireplacesWinter is coming, and with it come shorter days, longer nights, overall much colder temperatures. If you find yourself feeling chilly during the winter, one way to keep yourself warm – and add a little aesthetic value to your home – is with a brand new gas fireplace! There are a lot of reasons why you should consider adding a gas fireplace to your home this winter. Take a look at a few of our top reasons why gas fireplaces are a great addition!

Easy to Vent

Gas pipes are easy to install to vent your gas-burning fireplace. Unlike installing a new wood-burning stove or traditional fireplace, you don’t have to install a whole new chimney for a gas fireplace as they don’t require a standard chimney to vent. The only thing you might need to install is a small vent pipe, which is a fraction of the cost and installation of adding a whole new chimney.

Great for Spot Heating

If you have a family with small kids or you’re entertaining guests, a great benefit to a gas fireplace is spot heating. If the kids are cold after coming in from sledding, they can come in and quickly stand in front of the hot fireplace to regain a little feeling. Or if you’re chilly while entertaining company, you can fire up your fireplace! Add a little extra heat to any room of your home with a new gas fireplace.

No Electricity Required

Even if the power is out, your gas fireplace will still work. That means that even if a serious snow or ice storm causes a blackout, you’ll still be able to light up the fire and keep the family comfortable until the power returns.

It Looks Attractive

Most fireplaces add a certain quality to a living room. They usually open up a room and make it feel a little bit bigger than it really is. Adding a fireplace can add a little something to the overall design and feel of a room. Plus, by adding a new fireplace, you can add appeal to your home and even increase the resale value – a double benefit if you’re looking to list your home!

Learn more about the benefits of a gas fireplace or discuss having one installed with the experts at Brookside Hearth & Patio today. Give us a call at 570-424-7250 to schedule an appointment to learn more today.

Cut Down on Energy Costs This Winter

insulationAs temperatures drop and you shut off your air conditioner in favor of your heater or fireplace, you’re likely looking to spend as little as possible while still keeping your home warm. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to cut down on your home energy costs over the next several months, and we’re here to provide you with a few tips.

 
While you’re going to need to turn on some source of heat during the coldest days of the year, there are also a few things you can do to stay warm without spending money. Keep plenty of warm socks, sweaters, and other clothing items and accessories nearby. When you cook dinner in the oven, leave the oven door open after taking out the food to let some excess heat escape into your home.

 
You may be tempted to turn up the thermostat at night, but that’s actually not a great idea. If you turn the thermostat down from where you like it about 10 degrees while you’re sleeping and at work, you cut down on almost 16 hours of extended use every day. Instead, bundle up with a heavy-duty comforter, flannel sheets, and additional blankets to keep warm.

 
Another great money-saving strategy is to only heat the rooms that you’re using at the time. If you plan on spending the evening in your living room, turn on your nearby fireplace rather than using a heater to warm up the entire house. As long as you’re comfortable in the room you’re in, don’t worry if the spare bedroom or office feels like a refrigerator.

 
With these tips in mind we know you will be cutting down on your heating bills this summer, so don’t forget them when the time comes!

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.

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.