A gas fireplace adds warmth and ambiance to any room in your home. There are many considerations when choosing a fireplace including flame pattern, log or media appearance, trim options, interior liners, and technical specifications. Whenever possible, visit one of our showrooms to see the fireplace burning to make an informed decision.
Zone heating saves money
A gas fireplace delivers heat most efficiently to the general area where it is located. If located in a central part of the house and the central heating is turned off or down, the fireplace will heat the common areas while delivering less heat to the hallways and bedrooms. Heating in this manner generally saves about 20% on heating bills.
Large common areas are often too cold
Large common areas often have large windows and not enough heating ducts. A fireplace offers supplemental heat and comfort.
Easy to use
Gas fireplaces offer no mess, no fuss, and typically are controlled via a remote or wall switch. You have heat and ambiance on demand.
Gas has none of the restrictions imposed on wood or pellet fireplaces.
Key decision points
Heating capacity is a function of BTU’s multiplied by efficiency. Verify the fireplace is capable of heating the desired space.
Gas fireplaces typically require 16 to 26 inches in wall depth and come in various widths. Often there are stand-off requirements or limitations in the interior ceiling heights, etc. Consult the manual or an expert when making a selection.
Vent-free fireplaces are illegal in California. The gas fireplace will therefore vent and terminate on an outside wall or up through the roof. Gas fireplaces require ¼” rise per foot of run on the venting. Some fireplaces allow for power venting which can allow greater flexibility, but at a significant increased cost. Unlike wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces only typically need to protrude one foot above the roof line.