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Install a gas fireplace to stay warm all winter

Posted on: November 8, 2010

Remember back in the days when building a fire meant trudging through the freezing cold to get a stack of firewood from the pile (and for some people, chopping the wood yourself!), then hauling it back up to the house, getting dirt and splinters all over the carpet, waiting for it to warm up so you could light it, then having to poke it and jab it to keep the fire going? Many people do. Fortunately, many have already found the solution – clean, safe and environmentally friendly gas fireplaces.

The first gas stove was invented in 1826 by James Sharp. By the 1930s, they were extremely common in households because they were less toxic and much cheaper than other types of stoves. These days, despite huge advances in central heating systems, gas fireplaces are still very popular and are one of the least expensive methods of home heating. 

Gas fireplaces have numerous advances over their traditional counterparts:

  • Gas fireplaces produce constant heat – With a gas fireplace, you will never have to stoke your fire or worry about it going out when you still need it. One flip of a switch provides even heat for as long as you want.
  • Gas fireplaces require no hauling firewood – Since gas fireplaces do not burn with wood, you will never have to chop wood or haul it through your home.
  • Gas fireplaces produce no sparks – Gas fireplaces produce no sparks and no ash to clean up later.
  • Gas fireplaces are easy to operate – Gas fireplaces turn on and off instantly at the flip of a switch with absolutely no work required.
  • Gas fireplaces are safe – With no fumes or particles released into the air, gas fireplaces are much safer for both your family and the environment.
  • Gas fireplaces are stylish – Gas fireplaces can be custom designed any way you want them so that they fit in perfectly with the rest of your home’s décor.
  • Gas fireplaces don’t require a chimney – Since gas fireplaces come with their own ventilation system, you will not need to install a separate chimney when you install your gas fireplace.
  • Gas fireplaces produce more heat – Gas fireplaces include a built-in blower that circulates warm air through your house instead of just in the immediate area surrounding the gas fireplace.
  • Gas fireplaces can be operated by remote control – Many gas fireplaces can be switched on and off via remote control, making them easier for everyone in the family to operate.
  • There are no bans associated with gas fireplaces – Due to environmental concerns, many states have banned the use of wood burning fireplaces.  Gas furnaces burn on clean natural gas that does not harm the environment.
  • Gas fireplaces are much easier to install – Gas fireplaces can be installed much more easily and at a lower cost than traditional fireplaces.
  • Gas fireplaces require no storage – Natural gas is metered out to the homeowner by the gas company. This means that you never have to store a supply of natural gas on your property.
  • Gas fireplaces are good for children and pets – Since gas fireplaces produce no stray sparks or flames and are usually behind a glass window, they present no risk for children and pets.
  • Gas fireplaces produce no creosote – When traditional fireplaces burn, they produce a buildup called creosote, which is dirty and potentially flammable. Gas fireplaces do not produce this buildup.
  • Gas fireplaces can save energy – Installing a gas fireplace in your home can save you as much as 25% or more on your monthly energy bills.

It’s easy to see why so many families in the Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC area have switched to gas fireplaces as a comfortable and efficient supplement to their central heating systems. When you are ready to do the same, call James A. Wheat & Sons and ask about gas fireplace installation!