A fireplace has multiple functions in a home. A fireplace is a heat source, as well as a space that provides a soothing ambiance to your home, and a central focal point to a room. Obviously, not all homes are equipped with a fireplace. If your home does not have a chimney and firebox, there is a solution! You can incorporate a gas or fireplace to your home.
Gas Fireplace- A gas fireplace definitely has its perks. It produces real flames, and heats a room quickly. You can also reduce the use of your furnace. This option is low maintenance, environmentally friendly and can increase the value of your home.
With a gas fireplace, it technically does cost more to run. The cost to purchase and install is going to be higher, as you need to add venting, a gas line, etc. There is potential for a gas leak, and the doors are hot enough to burn if touched. This is something to consider if you have children around, and to keep objects away from the fireplace.
Electric Fireplace- An electric fireplace in a more budget friendly option, not only for the purchase and installation, but the cost to run is more affordable. The installation is easier and quicker, compared to a gas fireplace. There is little maintenance required, as well as little safety risk. An electric fireplace, also, increases the value of your home.
An electric fireplace does not produce real flames, instead, gives the appearance of burning logs. There is a variety of options you can choose from, where it does appear as though there are real flames. Keep in mind, an electric fireplace does not heat as well as a gas fireplace. It can take some time to feel the heat being produced, however, there is very little safety risk with this option.
When comparing the cost to run a gas fireplace vs an electric fireplace, the gas fireplace may cost you more, approximately $60-$80 a year, where an electric can run you $20-$30 a year. However, with the gas fireplace, you can turn down the thermostat, and let the fireplace be the main heat source. As far as the electric, it doesn’t cover as much space, therefore requires you to keep your main heat source running at normal temp.
Once you have figured out which option is best for your home, the real fun begins! You have unlimited options when it comes to the surround. If your home is lacking the soothing ambiance that a fireplace provides, our team can help build the perfect fireplace for your home. When it comes to any remodeling project, Crew Construction and Restoration has you covered! Call today and request a free estimate.