Natural Gas Fireplaces Combine Beauty and Convenience
When it comes to fireplaces, homeowners and office managers have a choice between building one that will require them to stack wood and lit up a fire every time they need heat and one that will give them utmost convenience requiring them just a single switch. The latter, of course, is the easier and more convenient route and this is possible only with natural gas fireplaces.
Gas fireplaces are very popular in the market today whether for use in new home constructions or in remodeling projects. They are not only easy to install but they also offer different styles of logs to create fire that can simulate fire produced by wood. With the availability of modern designed gas fireplaces, previous doubts as to its capability of producing genuine wood burning fire have been eliminated.
Ease of operation is also a major feature of a gas fireplace. People using this unit can now build instant fire with just one switch or by using a remote control. Some units can even run without electricity allowing them to provide the comfort needed by occupants of a home. This makes them ideal for us even during power outages because they can be operated manually using a match or any other source of ignition.
Gas fireplaces come in the natural vent, ventless and direct vent units. The units with natural vent make use of a B-vent gas pipe that vents through the roof. The direct vent units, on the other hand, vent by way of the wall behind the fireplace while the vent-free types need no installation of any vent. For homes and offices with limited space, natural gas fireplaces are very ideal.
Gas logs are used for this type of fireplace. Featuring glass fireplace doors or screens, these gas logs or gas fireplace inserts when used can provide fire similar to that produced by real wood such as oak, pine or driftwood. Gas logs come in two types the vented and vent free. Vented gas logs produce the so-called realistic fire although their downside is that they also produce carbon monoxide. The good news is that vented logs that have been given a seal of approval by the American Gas Association (AGA) now come with oxygen depletion sensors (ODS) that prevent the harmful effects of its carbon emissions. The vent free logs, meanwhile, have little emissions if at all.
Fireplaces that use natural gas serve two purposes. Some can be used for decorative means while the others can be utilized for heating home spaces. If this type will be used primarily for home heating, it is recommended that you first consider the climate in your area, the construction of your home as well as the amount of heat needed.
The need for maintenance for natural gas fireplaces is very minimal. Ideally, it requires inspection and chimney sweep by a professional at least once a year. This is also a good safety measure.
If you prefer the natural gas fireplace but youre uncertain about how to properly use it, professional installation of gas logs is recommended.