Trust Garden State Chimney To Install Your New Gas Fireplace
When you think “fireplace,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Comfort? Warmth? Scent? Heating efficiency? Overall aesthetic value? What if we told you there are options that cover just about all of the beloved factors of an ambient, dream-worthy fireplace – just with significantly less general maintenance?
That’s right, we’re talking about gas fireplaces. While they’ve yet to manufacture them in a way that fully encapsulates the true essence of a wood-burning system (at least in terms of the scent and sound), we have to admit, they’ve gotten pretty darn close. If you’re tired of the mess and maintenance and are in the market for a more fuel-efficient, similar-feeling alternative to burning wood, we’re confident that we have just the products – and industry expertise – to help you out.
Here at Garden State Chimney, we take our job very seriously. Our aim? To ensure that every family in our wide-ranging Northern New Jersey service area has a safe and sound home heating system to enjoy when the colder months come around. A full-service, licensed and insured chimney repair and maintenance company, we know our way around (and inside) all kinds of fireplaces and chimneys.
Also, because we only hire technicians who have undergone the highest levels of certification offered by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), you can rest assured that you and your system are in good hands. Ready to take the leap and switch to gas? Request an appointment online, or give us a call at 973-519-0802 to learn more about what we can do for you.
What’s the Difference Between a Gas Fireplace & Gas Logs?
Unlike an appliance fueled by wood where there is really only one way to burn it, gas appliances have a bit more variety. For instance, did you know that a “gas fireplace” is technically not the same thing as “gas logs”? While they both use gas to produce flames, the actual setup between the two is entirely different.
Let us explain. Let’s say you have a perfectly functioning – albeit drafty and outdated – traditional masonry fireplace. You’ve been chopping and hauling and seasoning and collecting wood for years, and you’re just plain sick of it. You’ve been flirting with the idea of switching to gas because of the low maintenance benefits and cleaner burn, but you’re still in love with the open-facing aspect of your current fireplace.
In this scenario, gas logs might just offer the perfect solution. You simply reconfigure the setup, ensure you have a gas connection, schedule a level 2 chimney inspection, and you should be good to go – provided you did all of the above with a professional, reliable, and reputable chimney service company like ours.
However, what if you’re tired of it all? There was a time and place for the nostalgia of childhood memories made in the glow of your wood-burning fireplace, but that time has passed and the place is different. You don’t mind its presence, but you’re simply not interested in only replacing its fuel type. You’d rather look at alternative heating options that are more versatile or modern.
Then a new gas fireplace might be just the appliance you’re looking for. With different types (which we’ll expand a bit on shortly) and so many customization options, when it comes to finding an appliance that best suits your needs and your style, gas fireplaces are hard to beat.
No matter your end goal, we’re sure to have something that works the best for you. Questions? Comments? In search of something totally unrelated, like why it’s important to schedule an annual chimney sweep service? We’ve got you covered. Reach out through our website or give us a call at 973-519-0802 to get on our books.
Are There Different Types of Gas Fireplaces?
By now you might be thinking, “Different types? What does that mean? How can there be different types if the fuel is the same?” We don’t blame you. This industry is known for being notoriously convoluted with its many terms and nuances. Don’t worry, though. That’s why we’re here – to make the whole process that much easier and more enjoyable.
When it comes to different types of gas fireplaces, there are mainly two to think about: vented and ventless. Like the names suggest, the former releases combustion fumes through some sort of venting system, while the latter recycles the produced exhaust and replaces it with fresh air found within the room.
Vented & Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces
OK, bear with us here, but yes, there is yet another level of classification even within the subcategory of “vented” gas fireplace systems. Here’s a bit more information on both:
- Vented: This type of gas fireplace is exactly as it sounds – a combustion system that, like its wood-burning counterpart, must release combustion fumes through some sort of flue or other venting system. A vented gas fireplace is, essentially, another term for a gas fireplace insert where a unit is measured and installed directly into a prefab or masonry fireplace.
- Direct Vent: Alternatively, a gas fireplace that is considered a direct vent system is a relatively new concept. First produced in the 1980s, these units are special because, unlike their predecessors, they do not require the use of a full-fledged chimney structure. Rather, all they need is a way to connect to the outdoors (either through wall or ceiling), making them extremely versatile. Because of their sealed- off design and the way they draw in fresh air from outside to aid in combustion, they’re also the most efficient gas fireplace model available.
Ventless Gas Fireplaces
Designed to produce less smoke, exhaust, and combustion byproducts, ventless gas fireplaces create a decent amount of radiant heat for the few hours they’re intended to be operating. While there is nothing inherently wrong with these appliances, we generally don’t recommend them simply because they’re not as safe as their vented alternative. Just because they might not produce as much chemical-ridden gas exhaust, doesn’t mean they don’t produce any and, without a ventilation system, all those byproducts get circulated back into the air you’re breathing.
Keep in mind, too, that the manufacturer warnings and instructions are there for a reason. If your unit is only supposed to run for no longer than 3-4 hours at a time, don’t push it simply because you’re enjoying the cozy atmosphere.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Not quite sure where to start? We’ll give you a hint – pick up the phone and call on the team at Garden State Chimney. We know all there is to know about this industry, and after learning more about you, your lifestyle, and what you’re looking for, we’re confident we can help you make the right choice and ensure it is installed correctly and ready for your enjoyment.
If you live in or around Passaic County, NJ, give us a call at 973-519-0802 or reach out online to get started today!
What Are the Benefits of a Gas Fireplace?
We’ve already talked about how versatile and customizable gas fireplaces are, as well as the fact that they require less general maintenance, but are there other benefits to having a gas fireplace installed?
You bet. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
- Efficiency. As far as flame-producing heating options go, gas fireplaces really deliver in the heat-produced-to-money-spent ratio. In general, gas is one of the best fuel options if you’re looking for an appliance with excellent heat output.
- Clean burning. Unlike a wood-fueled system that produces a thick smoke with a high volume of particulate matter, those that are gas-fueled burn much cleaner. This means that you can spend more time enjoying the warmth of your fire than running around opening windows to help dispel smoke.
- Affordable. Fueling with gas can do wonders for your energy bill. Because gas is such an efficient fuel source, you’re essentially paying less to heat more which is a definite win. Who likes to spend unnecessary money if there’s a similar or better alternative?
- Increased home value. Whether or not you’re currently in the market to sell your home – or think you might be at some point later – a gas fireplace is highly enticing to many homebuyers. Why? Because of the convenience, efficiency, and overall ease of operation.
Can I Install a Gas Fireplace Myself?
We sure wouldn’t recommend it. While it’s not exactly the same as a surgery on a human (which obviously requires a certain skill set and level of expertise), in a way, installing a gas fireplace is kind of like a surgery for your home. Yes, the analogy is a stretch, but when you really step back and think about it, messing around with something as serious as an appliance meant to create and contain a real, live, gas-fueled fire inside your home isn’t the smartest option. It only makes sense to trust such a service to the professionals.
Do yourself a favor and give us a call. Not only will we ensure that the entire process goes smoothly, we promise you’ll be saving time and money in the long run. That way all you have to do is rest and relax while we do all the work to set up the fireplace of your dreams. Trust us – it’s so much better that way.
Schedule Your Gas Fireplace Installation With Garden State Chimney Today
Are you ready to make the switch? Or perhaps you have some lingering questions before you make the final leap. Either way, Garden State can help. We love what we do because we recognize the inherent magic found in something as simple as a fireplace. Who needs Disney when you’ve got a gorgeous fireplace at your disposal?
If you’re a homeowner in the greater Passaic County area, trust Garden State Chimney for all your fireplace and chimney repair service and maintenance needs. There’s a reason why we’re the preferred chimney service provider in the area.
Reach out and find out for yourself. You can schedule your appointment online or by calling 973-519-0802. Let’s make your living room dream a reality.