How Gas Fireplaces Are Energy Efficient

It’s getting to be that time of year when people think about curling up on the sofa in front of the fireplace – a clean-burning gas fireplace from The Energy House.

Gas fireplaces are safe. They’re efficient. They add the beauty of a fire’s flickering light to the house while warming the room.

Thinking about a new fireplace? The Energy House is ready to help you make this upgrade to your Bay Area home. We only offer the best, and that includes the installation of your new fireplace. We get it done right!

All of our fireplace installation crews in Northern California are factory trained and certified to install the fireplaces that we sell. Our installation specialists are kept up to date on local building codes and requirements for each particular installation. Our goal is to make sure you have a smooth installation and a safe product installed in your home.

We provide service on only the fireplaces that we sell. This allows us to be available to our customers – to you – in a timely manner when they need service for the product purchased from us. We honor all manufacturers warranties and all of our service technicians are factory trained on the products that we sell.

That’s what you get at The Energy House. Let’s make the autumn mood right. Contact us today!

Fireplaces Add Elegance & Style To Any Home

The very mention of a fireplace brings to mind images of European castles and roaring flames in a huge main hall.

Central heat has come a long way since then. As have fireplaces.

Not that there’s any less allure to that open blaze in a rustic lodge or a stately family room. But there are so many reasons to include a clean, gas fireplace in your residence.

Contemporary fireplaces don’t dominate the décor as did their historic predecessors. They complement a room without overwhelming it, even as they become a visual centerpiece. They’re warm, clean, and quiet.

A gas-powered flame behind glass provides a beauty of its own while serving as a source of heat. It alters moods and soothes as it flickers out of reach.

You enjoy so many options when you decide on a gas fireplace. We offer a fabulous selection of DaVinci fireplaces, which can help you change the entire shape and utility of walls. We carry Eclipse and Fireplace Extraodinair.

Forget about chopping wood and collecting brush for a smoky fire that leaves a dangerous residue in the chimney. Let Energy House help you select a gas fireplace that complements your décor and adds not only beauty but heat and light to your home.

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Outdoor Products Perfect For Your Yard

We’re fascinated by fire. It’s an impulse with long roots.

Humans first mastered fire about 400,000 years ago. It became theirs to use. Fire meant heat, sustenance, the ability to cook and smoke food to store for the long winter months.

We still find that same comfort in the flickering light and warmth that emanate from a blaze. And as we look ahead, we see a few great ways for you to put fire to use in your own backyard.

A gas barbecue grill from The Energy House means delicious meals year-round, with that savory outdoor taste and char. The Energy House carries an array of gas grills, and you can stop in any of our area showrooms to see them. Need something on the smaller side? You’ll love the Choice C430i, which still offers plenty of cooking space. We offer other models, including wood chip smokers from Fire Magic.

Now imagine you’ve finished the wonderful repast cooked up on your grill. What now? Ah, you retire to some comfortable chairs around the fire pit. No matter what shape and size you prefer, we’ve got the gas- or propane-fueled fire pit that will make your yard a gathering place. Let the evening slip by as you enjoy the blaze without worrying about ash and cleanup.

The Energy House can help you maximize your yard space with clean, safe barbecue grills and fire pits. Call us at 1-800-660-1496 to set up your onsite consultation.

Benefits of Gas Fireplaces

While gas fireplaces require far less maintenance than the wood-burning type, annual inspection is critical to the safe operation of your gas fireplace. You should always schedule a yearly inspection of your gas fireplace to ensure everything is running properly.

Your technician will make sure your gas fireplace is venting properly. If it is not or it malfunctions, you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, fire and/or an explosion.

You also want to be on the lookout for gas leaks and any blockages in the chimney or venting system. Animal nests, twigs, leaves and yard detritus can combine to create blockages. The internal works that produce the fire also need a good look to make there are no clogged ports, loose connections, or worn or corroded burners.

A gas fireplace offers so many of the advantages of wood-burners but without all the work and cleanup. It’s not only a wonderful source of heat but a great accent to any room at any time of the year. Flickering flames set a wonderful mood.

Remember that your gas fireplace needs some TLC once a year and that time is coming. So think of this as your summer warning to plan ahead for the cooler days to come. Schedule an inspection towards the middle of the fall season – fall begins Sept. 22 – to make sure you’re good to go when it’s time to light the fire. If you make heavy use of the fireplace year-round, you might want to set up that appointment just a bit sooner.

Benefits of Electric Fireplaces

Installing a fireplace to your home will give your home a more comfortable and cozy feel to any home. There are typically three different types of fireplaces to choose from including wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces, and electric fireplaces which The Energy House has. Picking the right type of fireplace for your home may be often times a difficult decision. There are pros and cons of the three fireplace types however installing an electric fireplace to your home is often a popular decision now and here are some of the reasons why. Read more

Homeowners Look to Extend Their Outdoor Living Options with Outdoor Fireplace Installations

outdoor-fireplaceHave you ever enjoyed the warmth and beauty of a crackling fire on a chilly evening? If so, you understand the many advantages of owning a fireplace. Fortunately, the pleasure of relaxing in front of a bright, cozy fire is no longer limited to the inside of your home. By installing an outdoor fireplace you can experience the same satisfaction while sitting in your backyard. Deck and patio fireplaces are the latest popular trends in outdoor gear. Because the outdoor versions are designed to mimic traditional enclosed fireplaces, they are safe enough to build on top of virtually any foundation. There are several styles to choose from, and each type varies according to design, function and fuel options.

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Energy Efficient Wood Stoves Help Save Money & Resources

Energy bills have continued to go up in price – so high that home heating expenses are often difficult to pay — which is why wood-burning stoves are a great alternative to traditional oil and electric heating systems.

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The Benefits Of A Gas Burning Fireplace

Fireplaces are traditionally thought to burn wood, but there is now an alternative to this. Gas fireplaces have become common over the years. These fireplaces do not burn wood. Instead, they burn natural gas. This makes it possible for the fireplace to keep burning and burning, without you adding more fuel to the fire. Also, gas fireplaces are better for chimneys.

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Simple Tips to Keep Your Electric Fireplace Clean and Beautiful

Electric fireplaces are often chosen for their convenience and relatively low maintenance design. They offer unmatched convenience for homeowners who want the aesthetic appeal and heat of a fireplace without having to worry about monitoring gas or traditional fireplace cleanliness and function. However, there are still a few important elements of electric fireplaces that merit attention and occasional maintenance.

 

Changing Bulbs

Electric fireplaces won’t develop residue or particulate buildup inside the firebox, but there is something in the firebox that will eventually degrade in quality over time: the light bulbs! If you notice your fire becoming dimmer or less consistently bright, it might be time to replace your bulbs. Luckily, the process is simple for most models. First, it is imperative to turn off the fireplace and let it sit and cool off before you interact with it. It is typical for electric fireplaces to have removable maintenance panels on the back, but you may need to take out some screws or other fastening mechanisms to access the bulbs. The bulbs should be easy to spot inside the firebox. Consult your unit’s manual to determine what bulb will be a suitable replacement. If halogen bulbs are required, make sure to handle them with gloves! Natural skin oils can cause halogen bulbs to decay more quickly than usual. Some fireplaces use LED bulbs, in which case you shouldn’t need to replace them at all within the lifespan of the fireplace. How convenient!

 

Cleaning the Glass

The glass panel on the front of your unit is the most important element of your fireplace, aesthetically speaking. To ensure it is clean and shows off your fireplace perfectly, clean it with a lint-free cloth and warm, soapy water. Gently wipe and buff the exterior of the glass, and make sure that by the end it is completely dry to avoid water spots. Make sure you don’t use glass cleaners or other abrasive cleaners, as these can contain flammable chemicals and can reduce the lifespan of your fireplace.

 

Cleaning the Fan

The fan is the most important part of your fireplace when it comes to actually providing heat to the room. To determine if your fan requires cleaning, examine its spin pattern. Fans should spin easily with no resistance or hitching. If you decide to clean your fan, a vacuum with a thin nozzle attachment will be ideal. Simply take off the grille covering and brush and vacuum off any dust and debris you see on the blades and axle of the fan.

To learn more about Energy House and the fireplace products and services we provide, call 1-800-660-1496 or contact us online today!

3 Tips For Picking the Perfect Holiday Hearth

There may not be snow on the ground, but the holiday season is upon us in force. Before you decide on a new fireplace, read these tips from the Energy House to ensure you get the perfect cozy gift for your family. After all, what’s the winter season without a cozy fireplace and loved ones to share it with?

The fireplace should match the room.

Nothing gives away an impulse buy like clashing patterns or colors, and a fireplace is no different! The Energy House offers a huge selection of varied styles, from the sleek modern DaVinci fireplaces to more classically beautiful Kozy Heat models. Any of these could look good, but a truly beautiful fireplace is one that blends seamlessly into the layout of your home.

Consider color!

There are many options when it comes to the shade and hue of your fireplace. With so many options out there, it can be borderline paralyzing to choose. Do I make a statement, or do I go for a traditional comfy look? The truth is, both have merits. When shopping in person, bring pictures of the room you are planning to install in. If the room is primarily white and gets lots of sun, going for an unusual color could make a great statement! Alternatively, if you plan to install the fireplace in a part of the house that gets dark quickly, the natural orange glow of a more traditional Energy House hearth will convey a more cozy, intimate mood.

The layout of the house matters.

Where your fireplace sits in the context of your house is crucial to determining how it will be used and enjoyed. If you plan to install it in a study or a sequestered off family room, look for fireplaces that output a lot of heat and have tall, active flames. This will make it the focal point of the room, and draw everyone together in front of it. If you choose to install it in a foyer, living room, or some other very active space, treat it more like an aesthetic element: perhaps find a color that compliments paintings and pictures on the wall, or go for a statement piece to spark up a conversation at the holiday party. Remember: fireplaces from Energy House are versatile elements of home decor, and should be treated as such!

To learn more about Energy House and the fireplace products and services we provide, call 1-800-660-1496 or contact us online today!