Why You Should Love a Gas Log Fire
Gas log fires have come a long way since the old days of the fake wood and flame. Gas log fireplaces not only look better now but have all the warmth of a wood fireplace without any of the mess and hassles that go with it.
There’s no doubt that a wood fireplace or combustion heater requires more maintenance, but there are a number of other incentives to opt for a gas log fireplace.
So if you’re wanting to enhance your living room – or any other space that might suit – with a stylish new heater, here are four reasons why a gas log fire might be the right choice for you.
1. Gas Log Fires Look Great
There are plenty of choices when it comes to what kind of look you want in a gas log fire.
You can choose a classic or contemporary design, whatever suits the ambience of your living space. There are realistic looking ceramic logs, stones, rocks, quartz or coals and a range of different sizes. The flames inside the gas heater can be real or simulated.
Modern gas fireplaces also come in various finishes and can be a new installation or retrofitted into an existing fireplace. That’s right, an old fireplace can be revived with a modern gas heater.
You can also choose a freestanding gas log fireplace, which is cheaper and easier to install but does take up some floorspace. Freestanding gas heaters are also harder to child proof if there are toddlers in the house. But it does mean you can have a gas log fire without a chimney, all you need is a flue pipe.
2. Better Quality of Air
If you’ve got a wood fireplace, there’s no doubt that some smoke is going to get into the room. Along with that are the odours that go with an indoor fireplace, which end up in your clothes, furniture and curtains. Wood fires also release methane and other toxic by products into the air.
Modern gas log fires have zero indoor emissions. These gas fireplaces have direct vents for the incoming combustion and a flue to take the combustion gas to the outside of your home.
Anyone living in the home or visiting who has an existing respiratory or lung complaint will not be troubled by a gas fireplace.
There are ventless gas heaters, but most experts don’t recommend them as householders will be exposed to the build up of some carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide.
3. Easy Climate Control of Gas Log Fires
A gas log fire starts instantly and switches off just as quickly when you’ve finished with heating the room.
When you want instant heat on a cold evening, there’s nothing quicker and more efficient than a gas heater and there’s no need to waste time having to build a wood fire.
The warm air is regulated by a thermostat and many of today’s models have remote controls. You can also choose a model with a timer so the gas log fire starts at exactly the time you require.
4. No Need to Chop Firewood
Many people have a nostalgic attachment to wood fireplaces, but there are many ongoing hassles if you choose to go in that direction.
Sure, you get the crackling sound and the radiant heat of a wood burning fireplace, but you also get the splinters and the occasional fire that just won’t get started.
When you opt for a gas fireplace there’s no need to buy and store wood, and no chopping, stacking, drying or carrying wood either. When it’s the middle of winter, those are the last things you feel like doing.
More Reasons to Choose Gas Log Fires
The many advantages of a gas log fire go well beyond style, convenience and air quality. Modern gas fireplaces offer a number of other advantages, including:
- Adds value to your home
- Mood enhancing atmosphere
- Environmentally friendly
- Easy to replace an existing fireplace
- Lower heating costs
- Easy to maintain
- Safe for children
- Powered by natural gas or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas)
If you do opt for a gas fireplace it’s recommended to keep it well-maintained and get it checked regularly by a fully qualified gas fitter. That way it will continue to run at its maximum efficiency.
While gas heaters are safe, you don’t want to take the risk of toxic carbon monoxide leaking into your house. As with all gas-powered appliances, they should be checked annually.
In conclusion, gas log fires are a practical, convenient, safe choice for instant warmth and aesthetic appeal. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Mr Emergency.
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