When the weather gets colder, there’s nothing like having a fireplace to help keep you and your family warm. Especially in Connecticut, where the winters can get blisteringly cold, a roaring fire can mean all the difference. For most homes, the fireplace is an old wood-burning model. However, using wood to keep warm is a bit old-fashioned, and can come with a host of downsides, most notably the fact that you need a constant supply of fuel to keep it going. Thankfully, there is a better alternative: natural gas. If you’re thinking about installing a gas stove or fireplace, here are some of the best reasons to do it.
Gas stoves and fireplaces are actually much safer than wood-burning models since you don’t have to worry about sparks floating and possibly catching fire. Especially if you have little ones or pets, this feature is crucial to ensuring you and your family’s safety. The other safety benefit of a gas stove or fireplace is the fact that you don’t have to worry about a buildup of dangerous creosote, which is a common problem with wood-burning fireplaces. Creosote is highly flammable, so if it’s not cleaned out of the chimney, it can pose a significant risk.
If you don’t currently have a gas stove or fireplace, installing one is much simpler and easier to do than if you wanted one that burns wood. Because the unit can be attached to your natural gas line and only needs a vent to release the heat, you don’t have to worry about having a chimney.
One of the biggest issues with a wood-burning fireplace or stove is the fact that you can’t accurately control the temperature or length of time that it burns. With gas stoves and fireplaces, you can adjust the heat as you see fit with precise controls. With fireplaces, you can even control it remotely.
By far the biggest downside to burning wood is the fact that you need wood to burn. With gas stoves and fireplaces, you have a constant supply of fuel coming into your home, so you don’t have to worry about running out.
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