A fireplace is a very attractive feature in any home. And thanks to the arrival of gas fireplaces, homeowners now have the freedom to install these enjoyable features in any room of the house, given that a lot of gas fireplaces require little or no ventilation at all.
Majority of gas fireplaces are operated by an automatic remote control which allows enjoying the appearance of a real wood fire just at the touch of a button. A homeowner can also regulate heat with the remote and some even offer an automatic shutoff.
Another amazing feature of owing a gas fireplace is an electricity-free ignition which ensures heat in times of power outages. In the past few years popularity for gas fireplaces has noticeably increased. Convenient, safe, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and comfort are some of the main selling features as to why a gas fireplace became such an appealing choice nowadays.
Types of Gas Fireplaces
There are three types of gas fireplaces (inserts, direct-vent, and vent-free). Depending on the style and the size of the property, a homeowner should carefully choose the appropriate type to suit his existing home.
A fireplace insert is perfect to improve and modernize your existing fireplace. An insert is designed to fit within or partly within the firebox area of a masonry fireplace (brick or stone) using an existing chimney for ventilation. The inserts themselves are made of cast iron or plate steel, not too large but quite heavy, and easily installed.
Direct-Vent units are vented directly to the outside through an opening in an exterior wall, eliminating the need of a traditionally structured fireplace with a foundation and a chimney. Direct Vent fireplaces offer homeowner flexibility in their placement, as well as easier and cheaper installation than masonry units.
Vent-Free fireplaces are operated without venting to the outside. They can be installed in any room of the house with access to a gas line.