Love the look of a fireplace but don’t like the mess? Have limited wall space for fireplace? Lack a suitable chimney? Gas and electric fireplaces address many of your concerns. As a Louisville homeowner, you can choose a new unit that produces warmth with the touch of your remote and has no soot to clean up and no polluted air wafting through your house.
Charming Gas Alternatives
Wood-burning fireplaces offer a great aroma in the romance of a crackling fire, but there are other alternatives that produce heat and the look of fire. Gas fireplaces, for example, offer the radiant and conduction heat of an open fire but are vented to the outside through a tube in the wall rather than through a chimney. Using either natural gas or ethanol fuel, they feature incombustible logs that cover the gas vents and use glass doors to block air. The units utilize internal air movement channels to maximize warm air in the house, but do not pull warm air from it.
Vented models are considered 65 to 95% efficient, while producing little smoke or pollution and no ash or creosote. Ventless models are even more efficient, but the carbon dioxide and water vapor they release into the room can deplete oxygen create excessive moisture and even lead to lung problems.
Installation of a gas fireplace is relatively easy, even in a small space. Using a gas fireplaces even easier, as you can warm your room and lower your heating bills with the flick of a remote.
Versatile Electric Fireplaces
Another popular fireplace choice is powered by electricity from a standard outlet. The “flames” are really light refractions from LED bulbs which create the effect of fire without combustion and without releasing greenhouse gases. Noted for their excellent zone heating capabilities, they can offer up to 5000 BTUs of heat and easily warm a 20’ x 20’ room. Since many electric...