Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces Published on January 20, 2016 A fireplace adds personality and value to your home. When someone imagines their dream house, the dream typically includes a comfy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running furnace or getting comfy around a cozy fire. It’s hard to resist the temptation of of a warm fire, but how do you pick between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many points to consider when deciding how to heat your home. Aesthetics and Efficiency Wood: A wood burning fireplace typically wins in the sensory category. You get the crackle. You get the pop. You get the opportunity to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is an efficient heating source. Wood fires usually receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, a lot lower than a furnace that has regular service performed. They do generate a lot of heat, but most of that heat disappears up the chimney. Wood burning fireplaces not only lose the heat coming from the fire, but it also pulls warm air from other parts of the house up the chimney.Gas: There have been many aesthetic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and many models offer various heights. The logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely resemble the real thing and come complete with flickering embers, which don’t demand you to wait while they burn out. You can merely switch your gas fireplace on and off, giving you more control over your home’s temperature and frees you from having to look after your fire. The lack of fire stealing oxygen gives gas fireplaces a 75% to 99% efficiency rating. Imagine the level of comfort you could get when you pair that with a fully maintained furnace. Air Quality and MaintenanceWood: Air quality is critical to homeowners and homebuyers. Burning wood causes air pollution in and outside your home and the smoky wood smell that a wood burning fireplace emits could be hazardous to your health. Wood also creates a byproduct called creosote that lines the coating of the chimney and must be removed by a chimney sweep. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed annually, gas fireplaces also require regular cleanings of soot and spent logs.Gas: Gas fireplaces only require some dusting every now and then and are practically maintenance free. It is suggested that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted annually by an expert to keep it functioning both safely and effectively. If you are interested in converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you need to schedule annual furnace service, please call us at at 385-399-0280 or schedule an appointment online. Our experts will have you cozied up and warm in no time.