You’ve seen the elegance and comfort a modern fireplace adds to a home and you’ve decided that installing one in yours is a great investment. You like the authentic, clean-burn technology, stunning designs and welcoming atmosphere of an open gas fireplace, but how do you know if this choice would be suitable for your home?
Open gas fireplace units are a beautiful design feature – in many cases the focal point of a room. There are a variety of different types of gas fireplaces to choose from: an insert, a freestanding unit or a built-in model. Gas fireplaces use either LPG or natural gas.
But before you choose an open gas fire, you need to consider several important factors: Additional factors to consider include:
The design of your home
An open gas fire needs to be installed in a room with air vents for fresh air. House features such as a readily available chimney will also influence the type of gas fireplace you choose. Balanced flue-designed models allow for gas fireplaces to be installed in almost any room in the home, providing greater flexibility in the installation process. Learn more about open gas fireplace design ideas here.
Children and pets
One of the main advantages of an open gas fireplace is that the design offers an unrestricted open view of the hearth. The lack of mesh or glass in the design ensures that homeowners can enjoy the unrestricted, satisfying warmth and ambience you’d get from a wood fireplace. But this can be a safety hazard if you have small children or pets, which you’d need to supervise around the fire at all times. If you want to keep the fire away from prying hands or paws, choose a covered gas fireplace.
You will already have to have a source of gas connected to your house to install a gas fireplace and will need to ensure there is some form of ventilation that always provides fresh air into the room. This cannot be blocked off by anything and must always remain open as the gas burner uses the air from inside the room to burn. Having air vents ensures no air quality is lost but can create a colder environment in the room. An open gas fireplace can cost a lot more to purchase and install than a wood burning fireplace but in the end, can be a lot more cost-effective to run. Because of their sophistication and stylish design, open gas fireplaces can also increase the value of your home.
Generally, open gas fireplaces are used more for their look than their function so if you are looking for an effective way to heat large areas of your home, you would be better off choosing a closed gas fireplace.
An open gas fireplace offers the reassuring ambience of a wood fire and requires minimal cleaning, which for some is enough to make it the ideal choice. Once you have chosen a gas fireplace, then you have to choose the right insert!
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