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Consider Gas Logs For Your Fireplace

Gas Logs Fireplaces Image - Lake Norman NC - SirVent ChimneyWood-burning fireplaces are great for those looking to add a more authentic aesthetic to their home. Yet, the maintenance involved can become quite time-consuming. If you are looking to minimize your workload, while keeping the cozy atmosphere offered by a fireplace, then gas logs may be the best option for you. Check out their many benefits below!

Ease of Operation

Wood-burning options require a lot of work. To start off, you must ensure the fuel is well-seasoned and arranged correctly to help it burn as efficiently as possible. Once lit, you then need to maintain it. When you have reached the end of your evening, it is vital to ensure the fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house. All of these steps add up and can take up a lot of time and effort.

Gas logs simply require a switch. You turn the unit on when you want to enjoy a cozy atmosphere, then turn it off whenever you decide you’re through. That means less stress, less hassle, and more time to relax and enjoy your evening.

Better On The Environment

Gas burning options are better for the air we breathe, as they emit less harmful toxins than wood-burning units. This is better for your home and family, as the risk of inhaling dangerous fumes is minimized drastically. It also benefits the environment, as a whole! If you are looking to go green this burning season, gas logs are the right pick for you.

Less Mess, Less Work

While they offer a more classic look and feel to any home, wood-burning options are downright messy at times. If you keep extra logs inside, you will likely need to sweep on a regular basis to ensure your floor stays clean. Yet, outside storage means constantly hauling new logs in from the cold weather. Not only does this constant upkeep disrupt your evening, but it invites all kinds of mud and mess into the home.

If you want to simply enjoy your fireplace, without having to bother with ashes, wood, or the headache involved with keeping a fire going, then you will find it well worthwhile to have gas logs installed as soon as possible.

Call Us Today!

At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we know all there is to know about fireplaces and gas appliances. Our staff is trained and certified in inspecting, cleaning, and installing gas units, and we will be more than happy to assist with any fireplace related needs.

We are ready and able to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and we pride ourselves on providing the best services possible. We look forward to helping you make your home the best it can be. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

Servicing Your Gas Logs for the Cold Season

Gas fireplaces offer a convenient way to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a fire, without the extensive cleaning and maintenance required with wood-burning fireplaces. They turn on with a switch and do not leave behind an abundance of ashes or other debris.

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Yet, this leaves no excuse to forego the yearly cleaning and inspection required with any type of fireplace. It is still very important to call in a professional to make sure everything is running properly, especially with the cold months quickly approaching. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your fireplace is in top shape before burning season, along with the logs that you use. While logs in gas fireplaces produce a lot less mess, a yearly check up on them is just as important.

Types of Logs

When it comes to your gas fireplace, there are two types of logs you can use.

  • Vented: Vented fireplace logs are more commonly used, as they have been around for a longer period of time. As far as heat, they produce a similar amount heat that a regular wood log would produce. They also have a yellow flame which makes them similar in appearance to traditional logs and makes your fireplace feel a bit more authentic. They produce smoke, making a chimney necessary if they are being used.
  • Ventless: Ventless logs are said to be more efficient than vented logs, as they produce more heat and do not require that you own a chimney. Since they do not require a ventilation system, the heat is directed only for the purposes of warming your home and nothing escapes outdoors, making them hotter and making the flame blue, rather than yellow. This makes their appearance less realistic, leaving behind that authentic fireplace look. Ventless logs are ideal for some, but there is talk that they may affect the air quality inside of your home, so be cautious.

Both options work for heating, it just depends on your personal preferences as a homeowner. Also, both are very easy to use and turn on with the flip of a switch. They also both require an annual inspection done by a professional. Regular check-ups ensure that everything is running smoothly and safely for you and your family to enjoy. Having professional insight is important as safety regulations change regularly. A professional will be able to offer the best possible knowledge as to how you can keep your fireplace running great for a long time and they know which procedures and cleaning methods work best for your unit.

SirVent Chimney and Venting Service wants you to safely enjoy your fireplace throughout the cold months ahead. Don’t wait until it is too late. Call us today to schedule an appointment and have one of our certified professionals offer the best insight and service possible.

The Benefits of Gas Logs

A wood-burning fireplace requires chopping and carrying wood, arranging the logs in the fireplace to build the fire, and cleaning up the ashes. A gas log fireplace, on the other hand, requires pushing a button and omits the whole cleaning up of ashes. In a world of instant coffees and instant foods, instant flames were sure to follow. We can help you decide which set of gas logs is right for you.

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A Few Things For You to Ponder

Mull over these facts about wood-burning fireplaces as you ponder converting to gas:

  • Wood fires may warm your heart and soul but don’t efficiently heat your living space. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a wood-burning fireplace draws in as much as 300 cubic feet per minute of heated room air for combustion, and then, with a crackle, straight up your chimney it goes.
  • Wood fires may expose you and everyone in your home to large quantities of toxic byproducts, including respiratory irritants, carcinogens and deadly carbon monoxide. The EPA warns of other health dangers, namely asthma, reproductive issues and birth defects.
  • Wood smoke is a large contributor to air pollution — so much so that some localities ban the use of all wood burning, both inside and out, when pollution reaches a specified level.
  • Your house is in danger should the creosote, a tarry byproduct of wood smoke, ignite inside your chimney. According to the CSIA, chimney fires are the cause of over 25,000 house fires in the U.S. each year, resulting in millions of dollars in property damage — as well as tragic loss of life.
  • Traditional fireplaces are high-maintenance and require a lot of your time and energy to operate.

Some homeowners eventually give up on their wood-burning fireplaces altogether. Henceforth, it sits empty; the coziness it provided becomes a mere memory. Converting to gas can be an acceptable alternative since it allows you to regain much of the aforementioned coziness and, in some cases, the lost heat as well. Continue reading as we cover the three most popular options available to you, should you decide to go this route.

A Replacement for Your Wood Logs

If you’re in the market for a realistic-looking wood-fire substitute at a budget friendly price ($100-$1,200 depending on the scope of the job), a vented gas log set will fit the bill quite nicely. The logs can simulate many different species of wood, and the flame and embers are pretty similar to their real-wood counterparts. They are convenient—no stacking, chopping or hauling wood is required. Some models even come with remote-controlled ignitions and adjustable flame controls, and none leave behind a mess.

However, because gas logs have the same open combustion as wood, many of the same dangers and health hazards exist. The damper on your chimney must remain permanently open as the fire continually draws in your room’s air; some manufacturers even recommend keeping a window cracked during use of their vented gas logs. In addition to the obvious hazard of an open flame, older or defective vented log sets can circulate explosive gas into the air.

Vented gas logs are an economical, convenient replacement for those of you who are looking for the ambiance of real-wood units without the cleanup hassles associated with them. Keep in mind, however, that they are practical only for their ambiance.

When you start to weigh the deciding factors — convenience, ecology, safety, health, efficiency and ambiance — converting your wood-burning fireplace to gas makes sense. The first step is to contact us to discuss your chimney and fireplace needs. SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is ready to be of service.