Purchasing a fireplace is not something you do every day, so it’s smart to consider all your options. Whether you are adding a fireplace to your existing home or having one installed in a newly constructed house, our experts suggest considering these important questions:
Before planning to spend warm days outdoors, it is important for homeowners to prepare their fireplaces for the season change. The Energy House can recommend the proper fireplace maintenance to welcome the Spring Season, which will save you time and money, as well as help keep your family safe. The type of fireplace you own, either wood burning or gas, will determine what needs to be done to prepare for Spring.
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.
Did you know you that you should clean the glass of your gas fireplace at least twice a year? You will have an optimal performing gas fireplace by routinely cleaning the glass doors or window. This will ensure that your fireplace lasts for many years. You may notice a white-grey buildup or a film on the glass, but do not worry.
During the first 10 hours of operating a new gas fireplace, particulates will mix with the products of combustion and deposit on the glass as condensation when the fireplace cools. For an older fireplace, film may build up through the natural venting processes. It should only be necessary to clean the glass twice per year.
Minerals in the fuel, such as sulfur and calcium, can cause film to build up and deposit on the glass, or it can come from minerals in the outside air that are brought in through the venting system. Cleaning the glass will be based on how often you use your fireplace, and should be cleaned at the first sight of any type of buildup on the glass.
How to clean the glass of your Direct Vent Gas Fireplace
- Turn off the fireplace, including the pilot light, and open the glass front.
- Leave the glass front on its hinges if on hinges. If not, remove the glass to a soft surface like a drop cloth, towel, or your carpet.
- Use a cream fireplace glass cleaner. Pour about 2 tablespoons directly onto the glass.
- Using a soft cloth – preferably cotton- spread the cleaner. Leave the cleaner to sit on the glass until completely dry. This takes roughly 15 minutes.
- Buff the cleaner off using a soft clean cloth in circular motions.
- Clean the front of the glass in the same way, using strokes in the opposite direction than you used on the other side. This will help you figure out which side has streaks if the cleaner is not buffed off.
Beware! Before cleaning, make sure not to use an ammonia-based cleaner, do not use an abrasive cleaner and do not use a paper towel.
For any cleaning questions or concerns, contact us today. The professionals at The Energy House can guide you on how to properly care for your gas fireplace.
Days are getting longer and nights are finally warmer. Spring is one of the best times to have a gas fireplace installed – before cold weather arrives and fireplace installers get busy. Whether you’re building your dream home or want to make your current home a little cozier, consider a gas fireplace. Create opportunities of gathering your family and friends in the warm indoors and save on a fireplace or gas insert. Read more
When the weather turns chilly on those upcoming summer nights, the last thing you want to do after your BBQ is build another fire when all you really want to do is kick back and relax. Fortunately, outdoor gas fireplaces have become readily available and only require the simple flick of a switch to get it going.
If there are problems with your fireplace in any way, letting those issues go unresolved for too long can become a potential fire hazard. This is not to mention the fact that un serviced traditional fireplaces typically are a major source of energy loss. If you are considering a fireplace renovation, there are serious reasons why you might want to consider holding off on fixing up your old traditional fireplace. New gas insert and wood insert options are available, each offering serious advantages over traditional fireplaces.
A gas insert fireplace is one that will hook up to either a city natural gas line or to a propane tank that you can refill as needed. The upside to a gas insert is never needing to worry about fussing with a log, or even a bag of wood pellets. As long as you have gas in your tank, you’ll be ready to start using the fireplace and enjoying heat. Of course, the downside to the gas route is an either real or perceived loss of aesthetics. Some would say that only a real burning wood is capable of giving that real earthy, homely effect. If you feel that way, there’s always a wood insert option.
Similar to gas inserts, a wood insert fireplace is your “best of both worlds” option in that it takes the ambience and aesthetic of a traditional wood burning fireplace but makes it more efficient. These newer forms of fireplace technology make it possible to have a specialised unit placed into the housing of your old fireplace that can actually burn real wood, but it does so in a more efficient manner. So, not only is a wood insert saving you money on the back end with reduced utility bills, but it will also be cheaper to purchase and install a brand new wood insert fireplace than it would be to fix an already existing traditional fireplace with age-related issues.
If you’ve been quoted to have your original fireplace fixed, you could be looking at an estimate ranging into the thousands of dollars. When you consider the idea of paying to repair your current fireplace, it just doesn’t make sense. Why would you want to leave an antiquated, drafty, and problematic fireplace in your home? Gas and wood inserts are efficient, cost-saving and modern solutions and they’re extremely affordable.