With the colder temperatures drawing near, we will be scrambling for heat. Although we can simply turn on our heat in our homes, most also tend to use fireplaces as a main source of staying warm inside their homes. Wood burning fireplaces and natural gas fireplaces are commonly used throughout households all over the world. However, there are pros and cons of both types of heat sources. We have to take into consideration the look and feel, maintenance, convenience and our environmental responsibility.
When we think about fireplaces we think about warmth. In a wood burning fireplace, there are many nice things that come along with it. Wood burning fireplaces give off a nice ambiance, a calming and relaxing feeling while hanging in doors with your loved ones. The smell and natural look also are appealing to many. Although all of these things are nice, a lot of negative aspects come along with these fireplaces as well. One negative aspect is the fact that you always need to keep wood burning. What comes along with this is that you consistently have to be cutting wood to have enough, or going to the store to buy it depending on where you live.
Another negative thing that comes along with these wood fireplaces is that you need to constantly be cleaning the area after the fire is out and cooled. Fine ash needs to be swept up for that any air that happens to come down from the chimney won’t come into the room. Chimneys also need to be inspected at least once a year by a professional chimney sweep to prevent the buildup of any chemicals such as creosote, a dark brown oil distilled from coal tar and used as a wood preservative. It is a subcategory of carbonaceous chemicals that can ultimately be dangerous for your health and can cause fires in your chimney.
Natural gas fireplaces are more commonly used than wood burning fireplaces mostly because of the convenience. First, there is no mess from gathering, cutting, or storing logs. Maintaining gas fireplaces are often very simple as well. For example, to turn on, you simply just press a button in most cases. Although chimney clean outs should be done sometimes, it is not a necessary requirement once a year. However, some precautionary measures you should take are to have your venting system inspected to make sure you are safe and that your fireplace is working as efficiently as possible. When inspecting, be certain that the venting pipes are not clogged with dust or debris or leaking gas. Although all these aspects are nice, gas fireplaces may be more prone to needing repairs. Granted, most of these repairs can be fixed by you, if issues become more serious, it may be time to call a professional which could be costly.
Wood burning and natural gas fireplaces are commonly used around the world. With the frigid cold months approaching we will be more inclined to use or install them to help us stay warm during this time. Depending on your preference, you will pick the one that’s the right fit for you and your household.
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By: Morgan Hurley