Cozying up to a fire in a fireplace is warm and soothing. Todays gas fireplaces provide the opportunity for everyone to enjoy this type of relaxation with the touch of a button. Thanks to years of research and development by the hearth industry, the burner design in some gas fireplaces can generate a fire that so closely resembles a wood burning fire, its difficult for even experts to tell the difference. Most of todays gas fireplaces also operate when the power goes out, a great comfort during winter storms.
Some gas fireplaces are designed exclusively for aesthetic and decorative use, while others are built to heat a room. There are even gas fireplaces that are heater-rated and provide efficiency and heat output similar to a central furnace. It is important to note that beginning January 1, 2015, all new gas fireplaces, and fireplace heaters that vent to the outside, will come with a protective barrier. This barrier will be there to prevent you, your child and others from coming into direct contact with the glass front of the fireplace.
A gas fireplace can be installed almost anywhere in the home as long as natural gas or propane is available. This installation flexibility is the result of ‘zero clearance’ construction where little space is needed between the unit and combustible materials such as wood or wallboard. The three venting options, natural vent, direct vent, or vent-free, assist in making the logistics of positioning a fireplace much less complicated. No matter how long the list of installation options, it is important to work with a professional to follow the manufacturers guidelines for installation.
From Traditional to Ultra Modern design……When it comes to the look of a gas fireplace, there are hundreds of options from which to choose. There are large and small sizes, as well as arched and unique shaped contours, and even see-through fireplaces that allow the fire to be seen both in and outside the house. Regardless of the fireplace design selected, adding unique finishes, i.e., stone, granite, marbel, tiles and mantel combinations to the surround of the fireplace can enhance the final appearance.
Much like any other appliance, it is important to spend the time to choose a gas fireplace that fits your needs. Before making a final decision, visit Comfort Living Fireplaces for experienced advice.
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