Choosing Between Gas and Wood Burning Fireplaces Published on January 20, 2016 A fireplace adds ambiance and value to your home. When someone imagines their dream home, the dream typically includes a comfy home that keeps you and your family warm in the winter, either with a smoothly running heating unit or gathering around a cozy fire. It’s hard to resist the temptation of of a warm fire, but how do you choose between a gas or wood burning fireplace? There are many factors to consider when deciding how to keep your home nice and toasty. Aesthetics and Efficiency Wood: A wood burning fireplace typically wins in the experience category. You get the crackle. You get the pop. You get the ability to roast marshmallows indoors. Something you don’t get is a powerful heating source. Wood fires usually receive up to a 15% efficiency rating, considerably lower than a furnace that has regular service performed. They do get very hot, 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 home up the chimney.Gas: There have been many artistic advances in gas fireplaces. The flames have become more realistic and many versions offer different height adjustments. The types of logs used in gas fireplaces now more closely favor the real thing and come complete with glimmering embers, which don’t need you to wait while they simmer out. You can merely switch your gas fireplace on and off, giving you more control over the temperature of you home and frees you from having to tend to your fire. The lack of fire stealing oxygen gives gas fireplaces a 75% to 99% efficiency rating. Just imagine the level of comfort you could have when you combine that with a fully maintained furnace. Air Quality and MaintenanceWood: Air quality is vital to all homeowners. Burning wood generates air pollution in and outside your family’s home and the smoky wood odor that a wood burning fireplace exudes could be hazardous to your family’s. Wood also creates a byproduct called creosote that lines the coating of the chimney and must be removed by a professional chimney sweep. Much like furnaces that should have furnace service completed annually, gas fireplaces also require consistant cleanings of embers and spent logs.Gas: Gas fireplaces only require a bit of dusting every now and then and are just about maintenance free. It is advised that you get your gas fireplace cleaned and adjusted annually by a professional to keep it functioning both safely and efficiently. If you are interested in converting your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace or you want to schedule seasonal furnace service, please call today at 519-894-3222 or schedule an appointment through our website. Our experts will have you cozied up and comfortably warm in no time.