February 2011
Warm Up to Natural Gas Firplace Options

Fireplaces are a selling point for homebuyers, but many homeowners who already have fireplaces simply don't use them.

Traditional wood fireplaces don't get used because they're messy. Plus, they take time to build, and then the fire has to be tended. Afterwards, it takes time to cool the fireplace and the ashes have to be cleaned up.

Natural gas fireplace options are convenient, easy to operate and require minimal maintenance. There is a one time setup and then you simply enjoy. There's no need to go through a hassle each time you want to enjoy the look and warmth of a fire.

Natural gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets burn cleaner than wood fireplaces.

Natural gas fireplaces come in several styles - fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets. Each of these options can feature a remote to turn the fire on and off, vary flame height and control a heat blower.

Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are free-standing units that come in many styles ranging from 32 to 45 inches wide. The great thing about gas fireplaces is they can be installed without a con-ventional chimney, which makes them suitable for many areas, including apartments. They feature realistic gas logs with burning flames, and many can be used as supplemental heat. Some models use a fan or blower to circulate warm air from the fire into the room.These units are very economical to install.

Gas Logs

Gas logs look like real wood and are installed in an existing fireplace with a chimney. Gas logs come in two forms: vented and vent-free. Vented products are primarily used for ambience, since only about 10 percent of the heat is retained in the room, on the other hand, vent-free heaters contribute to heating a room. A sensor in the unit monitors the percent of oxygen in the room and automatically shuts the logs off if the level drops below a safe point. Whether you choose the vented or non-vented option, both will provide radiant heat in the general hearth area.

Gas Stoves

Gas stoves provide the warmth and look of a blazing fire. Stoves are freestanding units and come in traditional and contemporary styles in vented and vent-free models. Gas stoves can stand alone or work in an existing fireplace. During power outages, gas stoves can provide heat as long as the pilot light is on.

Gas Fireplace Inserts

Gas fireplace inserts are made to fit into an existing fireplace and can be a good source of extra heat. These units have a firebox surrounded by a sheet of steel that helps maintain the radiant heat. Get rid of your log rack and fireplace tools and install a natural gas hearth product in your home. No matter what option you choose, rest assured it will always be ready at the flip of a switch. For more information visit the American Gas Association's website, aga.org.

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