A gas fireplace has many merits: it requires little care and cleaning and less maintenance than a wood-burning appliance, but it provides the same cozy atmosphere. Depending on the type you have, gas fireplaces can also offer a lot of reliable warmth. Today’s gas space heaters have come a long way from the original versions. Gas logs are now molded from real logs and it can be very difficult to tell them apart from real ones; The same goes for embers and flames, which dance and flicker realistically. And gas fireplaces can fit any number of decorating styles, from sleek and modern to rustic.
Types of gas fireplaces
There are three types of gas fireplaces: inserts, built-ins, and log sets, all of which come unvented or vented. Inserts are ideal for homeowners who want to transform an existing wood-burning fireplace into a gas fireplace, while recesses are generally installed in homes without a fireplace. Log sets, while not as warm as inserts and recesses, can provide a great ambiance and create a focal point in the home. Vented appliances vent the appliance’s fumes outside the home through a chimney, while non-vented models release their exhaust, and all of its heat, into the home. The technicians at A to Z Chimney Services can help you determine which type of gas fireplace is right for you, based on your wishes and your existing fireplace. We will also make sure you know how to use your gas fireplace correctly to maximize enjoyment and ensure the safety of your family.
Can I install my own gas fireplace?
For various reasons, we never recommend trying to install your own space heater. Having a professional install your gas fireplace, gas stove, or insert, along with the proper fireplace system for each product, is important for many reasons. First, it guarantees the warranties that come with every appliance. Many manufacturers will not accept a warranty if it has been installed by someone who is not certified by NFI. Additionally, every gas fireplace owner’s manual will tell you in no uncertain terms that your gas fireplace requires annual service by a qualified gas technician.
Whether it’s installing a new unit, swapping an old system for a new one, or repairing a damaged fireplace, our gas fireplace technicians understand and have experience working within important parameters. For example, we make sure that the unit is suitable for the size of the room, considering airflow and free spaces. These are things that, if overlooked, can cause you a lot of pain in the future because the unit will not function or meet your expectations.
Many people mistakenly believe that gas space heaters require no maintenance. However, gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts need professional cleaning and inspection to ensure the safety of your family, as well as to maximize your fire burning experience and extend the life of your gas fireplace. We found that most of our customers in Sacramento need their gas fireplace cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years. A to Z Chimney Services cleans gas fireplaces throughout the Sacramento, California area, and we also take care of repairs, large and small. Read more about our gas fireplace repairs and services here.