Fireplaces, a Place for Fires

If you have a fireplace in your home, but have not utilized it very often, then you might miss out on some benefits of having a fireplace. With the right knowledge, and with proper maintenance, you can have an efficient and reliable heat source.

Not all fireplaces are built equal. Along with the classic wood-burning fireplace, there is also an option of a gas fireplace. There are pros and cons for each, and you can weigh those options to see which one you would prefer in your home.

First off, the wood-burning fireplace can standalone, not being tied down to your home’s electricity or gas line. As long as you have the logs, you can keep a fire going if your furnace breaks, or if your home loses power. One of the greatest benefits of the wood-burning fire is the aesthetic it brings, creating a cozy light and adding soothing sounds.

However, without a consistent source of logs, your fire could end up burning out too soon. You either need to buy the wood, or chop it yourself, and have a safe and dry place to store it. They are also not efficient at heating larger spaces, and more maintenance is involved with cleaning.

Gas fireplaces can provide an instant source of warmth. An immediate response comes with the press of a button, or a flip of a switch. There is no struggle involved in trying to light the fire with kindling, or by using a starter log. The gas fireplace requires very little maintenance, and can efficiently and cost-effectively warm your home.

The downsides that come with the gas fireplace are few, but they can make an enormous difference. While aesthetic can be a preference for some, the gas fireplace does not hold a candle to the realistic flame and sounds that accompany a wood-burning fireplace. Even though upkeep is minimal, the up-front costs and installation can be expensive.

With a gas fireplace, it is recommended that you have it inspected once a year to make sure it stays safe. Meanwhile, wood-burning fireplaces should have a professional inspection after installation and before the first fire is lit. 

Whether you prefer a wood-burning fireplace or a gas fireplace, you will enjoy a cozy and comfortable evening in your living room. For more information on installing or maintaining a fireplace, call the professionals at Sunrise Heating and Plumbing today at (616) 293-9326. We pride ourselves in providing nothing but exceptional customer service.