Have you been considering getting a gas fireplace? If so, you might be curious if they add a nice ambiance or are efficient at heating a room. The answer is yes to both! Some gas fireplaces are designed to add atmosphere, such as ventless fireplaces. However, most can create a significant amount of heat in your home.
A gas fireplace can heat a room, with heat output ranging from 10,000 to 37,000 BTU. Therefore, a gas fireplace can be an excellent solution for various heating needs.
Can I Heat My Room With Gas Alone?
Gas fireplaces are highly efficient at heating a room. Aside from the benefit of the heat, they provide an incomparable ambiance and focal point many homeowners desire. Additionally, because of the heat gas fireplaces produce, many who have them can enjoy spending LESS money overall on their heating bill. A gas fireplace can be an excellent option for many people if they are in a room they often use or don’t need a lot of heat throughout the day.
Depending on the size of the room you’d like to heat and the type of fireplace you choose, some people also choose to run their furnaces simultaneously but at a lower temperature. The benefit of using the existing HVAC system in your house is to push the heat generated from the fireplace from room to room. No matter what your goals are for your fireplace, The Flame Company is here to help; our team of experts can answer any questions and show you extensive options.
How Much Heat Can A Gas Fireplace Produce?
Nothing feels cozier than a fire in a fireplace. People love them; statistics as recent as 2017 state that 280,000 single-family homes were sold with at least one fireplace. The typical heat output of a gas fireplace is between 10,000 and 37,000 BTUs depending on the model; they can even go higher than that.
Heat output is measured in British Thermal Units or “BTUs.” To give you an idea of how it works. One BTU equals the heat you would need to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. Another way to think about it is one BTU is approximately as much heat as one lit match will produce.
How Does A Gas Fireplace Compare to Other Heating Units?
While a gas fireplace is an excellent way to heat a single room or significantly lower energy costs by supplementing heat, it cannot produce the same amount of BTUs per hour that, for instance, a gas central heating system can produce. Typically gas central heating can produce 40,000-140,000 BTUs per hour. These are all things to consider when you’re installing your next fireplace. Gas fireplaces can be an excellent choice for both large and small residences to cut down on the energy costs associated with heating in the winter.
Where Can I Go To Learn More?
At The Flame Company, we’ve served our community’s families for years. We believe that fireplaces are the heart of the home; the space in front of the fire is where families gather, stories are told, and memories are made. If you want to learn more about installing a gas fireplace, contact us today or stop by our showroom to learn more.