How to Choose Between a Gas Or Electric Fireplace

Nothing beats curling up in front of a cozy fire on a cold winter night. If you are considering adding a fireplace to your home, the first thing to decide is whether to go with a gas or electric model. Here is our breakdown of how the types compare.Heat N Glo Mezzo linear electric fireplace

Installation

Gas: Requires a gas line to the house and must have room to cut a vent to outside of home (usually means being located on exterior wall).

Electric: Simply plugs into an electrical outlet like any other appliance. These can be wall mounted or housed in display units.

 

Cost to Install and Operate

Gas: The price with standard installation ranges from $2,750 to $5,000. The cost to run is about 20 cents to 40 cents per hour, depending on the size of the unit.

Electric: These start around $500, and go as high as $1,200 for higher end models. Operation costs roughly 0.3 to 3 cents per hour, without heat, and about 16 cents per hour with heat on 100% of the time.

 

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Gas: According to surveys, 40% of homebuyers say they would pay more for a home with a gas fireplace, and home’s value could increase by about 12% for each fireplace.

Electric: With little to no investment in installation, an electric fireplace will not add much value to your home. However, if you move you can take it with you to your new home.

 

Heat

Gas: Can provide 25,000 – 30,000 BTUs of heat. Great for heating larger areas or even a whole home, up to 2,000 square feet.

Electric: Can provide 3,000 – 9,000 BTUs. This will effectively heat one room, up to 400 square feet. The artificial flame can also run when the heater is turned off, lending ambiance even when you do not wish for heat.

 

Efficiency

Gas: Only 70% to 80% efficient due to heat lost through venting.

Electric: 100% efficient.

 

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Gas: Glass pane and housing may get hot enough to burn skin if touched during operation.

Electric: Glass pane temperature will not get warm enough to burn.

 

What It All Adds Up To:

Gas fireplaces are good for those willing to spend more for a bigger return – in heating ability and home value.

Electric fireplaces will do the trick nicely for smaller spaces or when heating is less important than style, and will save you plenty in upfront and operation costs.

 

Want a quote on your future gas or electric fireplace? Call Hy-Mark today at 1-800-727-0750.

 

Contributing Source: Stylish Fireplaces

How To Care For Your Gas Fireplace

A gas fireplace is certainly the low maintenance fireplace option for homeowners.image of installed Napoleon gas fireplace

While it’s easier and less messy to care for than a wood or pellet burning model, there are still upkeep tasks necessary to keep it burning efficiently and safely. You’ll need a professional to take care of some things, but there is still a lot you can do to look after your fireplace.  Here are general practice and cleaning tips.

Before Each Burning Season:

Before touching the unit whatsoever, make sure it is cool and the power is off.

The exterior of the unit can get extremely hot. Clear the area around the fireplace of items, particularly anything combustible like chemicals, papers, or plastics.

Look closely at the exterior of the fireplace. Make sure the glass is not cracking or chipped, and the framework is solid. Check for soot forming on interior surface areas.

To clean the front glass plate, wipe with a clean damp cloth. Do not use an ammonia based or abrasive cleaner, or paper towel.

If you do not have one, install a carbon monoxide detector near your fireplace to monitor against gas leaks.

Check the outside vents to make sure they are clear of debris such as snow, plastic bags, leaves, or anything else.

Check flames to make sure output is correctly gauged. Flames should be blue with yellow tips. If the flames are only burning blue they might be adjusted too low, but if the whole flame is orange it might be too high.

Leave the Rest to the Pros

To do a complete maintenance and inspection, enlist a professional gas technician to come annually. On this visit she’ll check the burners, the ignition system, and ventilation, as we as clean the interior of the glass plate.

If you’d like Hy-Mark to perform a fireplace maintenance for you, email us or call 1 800 727 0750.