A fireplace is an excellent way to make a home feel welcoming and cozy. Having a fire burning when guests arrive is just inviting them to gather around and visit, sharing good memories and good food. But if you’re inviting guests over, you’ve got more to think about than making sure you have cured wood on hand, bringing it in, getting a good fire going, and then making sure it keeps going. You’ll want to focus on your guests, not on keeping the fire going. If you love the look and feel of a fire, but not the work involved, then gas fireplace inserts are the way to go! Gas logs will let you enjoy a crackling fire at the flip of a switch.
There are many advantages to installing a gas fireplace, and probably the biggest advantage is the ease of getting a fire going. Your gas logs are hooked up to a gas line which is hooked up to a simple wall switch so that all you need to do is to hit the switch and you’ll have a fire burning. And you turn it off in the same way, so there are no worries about letting the fire burn down before you leave or about hot coals igniting into a fire again. Nothing could be easier!
Another benefit of a gas fireplace insert is that it is much less mess and clean up. Because you aren’t burning down a substance like logs, you won’t have the ashes to clean up afterward. Not only is there less to clean up in the firebox, but your chimney won’t get as dirty and sooty, either. Just remember, though, that although there won’t be as much creosote buildup doesn’t mean that you can get by without having a professional in to clean your chimney. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have your gas heating device and chimney cleaned and inspected on an annual basis. Even though gas is a fuel that burns cleaner than wood, you could still have problems with a new type of appliance connected to an older chimney venting system. Not only this, but there might be a blockage from old birds’ nests or from dry debris, leaves or twigs, and these need to be cleared out before you use your fireplace to prevent the possibility of a chimney fire.
If you decide to go with a gas fireplace insert, it’s a great idea to call qualified professionals to make sure you choose the right inserts and to make sure that it is installed properly. When you call Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair, you know that you’ll have CSIA certified experts working to ensure that you’ll enjoy many nights in front of the beauty and warmth of a gas fireplace insert. The sooner you call, the sooner you’ll be enjoying those cozy nights in front of your fire!