4 Tips for Picking a Gas Fireplace

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As the temperature drops and winter makes it way toward the Northwest, you may be thinking about investing in a fireplace. You know there are many types of fireplaces available and after some careful consideration you decide a gas fireplace makes the most sense for your home. But before you make your final decision, there are a few things to take in to consideration.

1.             Your source of energy.
If your home already has gas appliances, like stoves or heaters, that run off the city’s natural gas supply, this could be a smart choice for your fireplace. Propane is another option, but while it’s simple to use, you will probably need to install a propane tank on your property. This can be a daunting task to some.
2.             The size of the fireplace.
A fireplace that’s too large will overheat a small space in a short amount of time, while one that’s too small may not give off much heat at all. Take the size of the room where you’ll be installing the fireplace in to consideration. Also, think about your personal needs. Are you looking for an alternate source of heat in the winter? Or do you simply enjoy gazing at the flames on a cozy night in? These are all things to take in to account when choosing your fireplace size.
3.             Venting options.
There are a few choices when it comes to vents. The most common is direct venting, where the fireplace vent pipe fits between two wall studs and brings fresh air from outside. Ventless fireplaces are mounted to the wall and circulate air only within the room. Finally, there are “up-vent” fireplaces, which use chimneys. These are less common and usually found in older homes.
4.             Building codes and standards.
Be sure to check your municipal building codes to make sure your fireplace satisfies any requirements. There can sometimes be yearly inspections or maintenance you’ll need to be aware of before you purchase your fireplace.
Remember that this fireplace will be a focal point in your home for many years to come, so select a style that speaks to you. With so many designs and styles to choose from, make sure the one you pick fits the décor and design of the room it will be installed in. If you need help deciding on the perfect fireplace for your home, the experts at Fireside Home Solutions can help. Click here to schedule your free in home consultation today.