Common Myths About Gas Fireplaces, Officially Busted
A gas fireplace is a great way to give your home a warmer, cozier feeling, and many homeowners choose to invest in a fireplace for that very reason. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are over 17.5 million fireplaces in U.S. homes nationwide.
However, some homeowners who are interested in getting a fireplace may find themselves unsure because of some common misconceptions about gas fireplaces. To help clear the air, here are some of the most common myths about gas fireplaces and the truth you really need to know.
Myth: Gas fireplaces are dangerous
While there is always a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning with any gas fueled appliance, it is important to note that a gas fireplace is not any more dangerous than a gas stove. As long as you are taking the necessary precautions and you are practicing good gas fireplace safety, your gas fireplace will be a great asset. To keep your family and your home safe, never let a gas fireplace run unattended. Keep carbon monoxide detectors well charged in your home and have your gas fireplace contractor install an oxygen depletion sensor in your fireplace. Never try to DIY a gas fireplace installation or repair.
Myth: Gas fireplaces are expensive to run
Gas fireplaces are more energy efficient now than ever before. Vented gas fireplaces can actually help to keep a large part of your home warm, which can help you save on electrical costs or other gas heating methods. Additionally, a major benefit of gas fireplaces is that they can help to keep your home warm even during a power failure, which is something an electrical fireplace cannot do.
Myth: Gas fireplaces do not look realistic
While gas log sets do not burn like traditional fireplace logs, they do come in a range of different designs to suit your personal style. Whether you prefer chic, contemporary logs that are stylized or you prefer rustic, rougher looking logs that look like the real thing, you can find gas logs that meet your needs.
Myth: Gas fireplaces do not need maintenance
Just like any other appliance in your home, your gas fireplace will need some professional maintenance now and then to keep it in great shape. Fortunately, The Flame Company offers both gas fireplace installation services and repairs for when you need it.
Interested in learning more about gas fireplaces? The Flame Company has you covered. For more information about ventless or vented gas fireplace installations, contact The Flame Company today.