What You Need to Know About Gas Fireplaces

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The fireplace not only makes a room cozy and warm, it can create the right mood in many situations. However, if it is not working properly, you will not be able to enjoy this appliance to its full extent. A gas fireplace requires less work than a traditional wood burning fireplace. However, the first thing you have to do is decide which type of gas fireplace you want. A professional chimney sweep will be able to help you choose from one of the three main types.

Types of Gas Fireplace

The three types of these fireplaces are built-ins, log sets, and inserts. Built-in types come in a variety of styles and can suit just about any type of home décor. They are even used outdoors. If you have a normal wood burning fireplace, you have the option of converting it into an insert or log set fireplace. The type that you choose is not only dependent on cost, but also on space.

If you are thinking about getting a gas fireplace, then talk to us about some the best features. For example, an electronic ignition instead of using a pilot light, which wastes electricity, is worth considering. One common complaint about some types is that they do not always provide adequate heat. One easy fix is to get a sheet of metal, known as a fire throwback placed to the back of the fireplace. This helps to prevent the escape of heat as well as serve the additional purpose of protecting the wall of the fireplace. We would also recommend a circulation fan system, which is better at evenly distributing heat in a room than other systems. 

Maintenance of Gas Fireplaces

Like traditional wood burning fireplaces and chimneys, gas fireplaces also need to be maintained if they are to work efficiently. While you can do quite a bit of cleaning, you should still have a maintenance contract in place. Your service provider will during their maintenance visit, check and do the following:

Make sure the ignition parts, pilot lights and burners are working as they should

Clean parts such as burners, logs and pilot

Paint the firebox

Clean the glass and other enclosures

While it is simply to do some of the work yourself, periodic professional maintenance is necessary to keep the fireplace working efficiently. This is also necessary for safety reasons. Faulty gas and electric fireplaces can cause house fires. When you want to make sure that your fireplace is up to standard, call us at 610-626-2439 to inspect it to make sure everything is in order.

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