Gas fireplaces are undoubtedly one of the world’s most outstanding domestic technological marvels. Though we may sometimes take them for granted if we give the matter some thought. We’ll see that they’re one of the main sources of heat. And for many a welcomed sense of comfort in their home. Especially as the winter months come rolling in. A good gas fireplace is what lets you curl up at home and forget the world while reading a book or watching a movie, in total warmth and comfort. It can be integral to making your home feel cozy and really feel like home.
But not all fireplaces are created equal. In particular, natural gas fireplaces and gas fireplace inserts are great for all of the reasons that more traditional wood fireplaces are great. And they also carry their own specific advantages. Here are just a few reasons why you might want to consider putting a contemporary gas fireplace into your home as the weather gets colder.
Cleanliness and Convenience
The thought of basking in the warm glow of a wood-burning fireplace at home conjures up romantic images of comfort, relaxation, and safety. Even the sounds of crackling wood have their own peculiar charm. But pause for a minute. You’ll quickly realize that the cleanup operation from something like this can easily turn into a nightmare. Burn wood, and you’ll have tons of ashes to clean up later. If you aren’t careful, those ashes can spread all over your home. Who wants that?
Plus, before the question of burning wood can even come up – you’ll of course have to first chop blocks and blocks of wood in order to get something that’s suitable for burning. That’s a ton of work. And if you decide to simply forgo all of that work and just rely on a standard heating system to stay warm, you’ll lose all of the aesthetic charm and special ambiance of having a fireplace.
Contemporary gas fireplaces or fireplace gas inserts from The Original Flame can give you the best of both worlds. First of all, you won’t need to burn or chop any wood while using one of our models. That means that you’ll neither have to strain yourself by chopping piles and piles of wood. Nor drive yourself crazy by frequently carrying off and scrubbing away mounds of thick ashes.
Gas fireplaces do require some occasional cleanup and maintenance. But compared to the wooden variety, the amount of work you’ll do will be minimal. In most cases, a thorough cleaning done about once a year should be enough.
Secondly, actually using one of our gas fireplaces is extraordinarily easy. Rather than laboriously and meticulously setting everything up to make sure that you have just enough wood for your needs. Plus ensuring that the smoke from the burning passes up through a chimney. You can just simply control everything with a remote. You can just set the remote to run your gas fireplace for as long as, and with as much intensity as, you require. Since you won’t need any chimneys, you can put gas fireplace inserts into any room with a wall that can accommodate one. And because gas fireplaces connect to propane tanks, you can run them even during a power outage.
Efficient Energy Use and Heat Distribution
Being able to control your fireplace with a remote certainly makes things easy and convenient for you in general. It also lets you do some very specific things that would be totally impossible with any other kind of fireplace. The most impressive of these is probably the fact that you’ll have some ability to direct heat where you want it to go.
With a traditional wood-burning fireplace, the fireplace itself is the epicenter of all heat. Heat radiates out from there. And if some parts of your house are too far away from that center, they aren’t warmed. With a gas fireplace, though, you can direct the flow of gas and have the resulting heat radiate through your walls. Allowing you to cover and keep warm a much greater total area. In fact, you’ll generally be able to warm areas of between 1,000 and 3,000 square feet with your gas fireplace insert.
Not only can you warm more area with a gas fireplace. But the energy that you use to warm things is put to better use. Much of the heat generated by wood-burning fireplaces simply escapes through the chimney. With a gas fireplace, no heat is wasted. That means that you’ll save quite a bit of money on energy costs over time. Those savings will be even greater once you consider the fact that you won’t need to buy any more wood.
Gas Fireplace Safety!
Fire is extremely dangerous and unfortunately, accidents can happen at any time. Even if you have the best of intentions and make a sincere effort to be careful. With a gas fireplace, you won’t need to have any actual fires burning in your home. Moreover, since our gas fireplaces are automated, you can set them up to cut off the flow of gas after they’ve been in use for a given amount of time. Safety is thus guaranteed.
Little to No Damage to the Environment
The advantages of having a natural gas fireplace don’t just affect you personally. They radiate out to the broader world as well. A wood-burning fireplace releases enormous quantities of smoke into the air through your chimney. Which damages overall air quality in the area and may have adverse effects on surrounding plant and animal life.
With a traditional gas fireplace, however, this just isn’t an issue. Emissions are extremely low. And as already alluded to, there won’t be any ash, wood chips, soot, or creosote left behind in the firebox if you use a gas fireplace insert. Since all of these residues and emissions are bad for the environment, The Original Flame gives you the ability to both stay warm and know that you’re doing right by the world around you.
Who doesn’t love the feeling and the aesthetic of having a fireplace at home? The long list of drawbacks and difficulties associated with having a traditional wood-burning fireplace at home is enough to convince many homeowners to drop the idea of building one.
But we at The Original Flame want to make sure that you don’t have to give up on that dream. We have a wide selection of both gas fireplaces and gas fireplace inserts that are not only affordably priced, but that can save you money on energy costs, save you work, keep you safe and protect the environment — all while being easy to use and maintain. Feel free to check out all of what we have in store for you that can help you build the perfect home.