Should You Turn Off Your Pilot Light?

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As spring becomes summer and warmer temperatures become more constant, your fireplace use can dwindle. It may seem like an obvious time to turn the pilot light off in your gas fireplace, but there are some reasons to leave it on year round. Here are some pros and cons for shutting off your pilot light in warmer weather.

Leave your pilot light on if:
 
· You get cold when the sun goes down. 
Cool nights are common in the Pacific Northwest. Keeping your pilot light lit means you can have the warmth of a nighttime fire with the flip of a switch.
· You have a massive fear of spiders.
Turning off your pilot light can leave trace amounts of propane still in the pipe. Spiders and other insects are attracted to the smell of the additives in propane and can climb through the pipe and in to your fireplace. There’s a possibility they’ll make webs either in your fireplace or in the pipe, which would need to be cleaned out before you use your fireplace.
 
Turn your pilot light off if:
 
· You want to save money.
When your pilot light is off, no gas is being wasted. No gas use means no energy consumption, which leads to a lower utility bill.
· You hate the heat.
Pilot lights don’t give off a lot of heat, but they do create enough to warm up a glass fireplace door. If you’re looking for any way to keep your home cool this summer, it makes sense to eliminate this source of heat.
· You don’t mind spiders.
(See above.)
 
Turning off your pilot light may be a cut and dry decision if you’re trying to save some money on your heating bill, but be sure to take all the aftereffects in to consideration. If you have questions about your fireplace and how to service it, the experts at Fireside Home Solutions can help.