Choosing a Gas Fireplace - Part 2 of 2
When buying a gas fireplace, it’s important to research the various options. And there are many to consider. In Part 1 of this two-part series (blog posted March 28th), we covered the basics, including “gas fireplace 101,” styles, and benefits of gas fireplaces. In Part 2 below, we dig in deeper with performance considerations, installation, fuel, and more.
Direct vent gas fireplaces maintain indoor quality because they have sealed combustion systems that draw air needed for the fire from the outdoors, and exhaust 100% of all combustion byproducts outside the home. Some models are AFUE rated (annual fuel utilization efficiency), which means they are tested to the same standards as furnaces. Technologies like IntelliFire™ significantly boost efficiencies.
Some gas fireplaces have battery backup systems, making it possible to use the fireplace during a power outage.
A gas fireplace can be added to an existing home, or into a newly constructed home for approximately $5,000 - $8,000 (and up). Actual costs vary by area of the country, type of chimney, whether or not a chase is needed, and the model of fireplace and surround materials chosen.
A gas fireplace can be installed almost anywhere in a house where natural gas or liquid propane is available. Installation is flexible due to zero clearance construction, which requires minimal space between the fireplace and wallboard or wood (combustible materials).
For safe and reliable installation of all hearth products, we recommend that a professional installer certified by the National Fireplace Institute® perform all installation tasks. That person will also obtain necessary permits and arrange required inspections.
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Gas fireplaces are fueled either by natural gas for liquid propane, depending on what is available where you live. Conversion kits are available for most gas fireplaces that will convert the fireplace from propane to natural gas, and vice versa.
Direct vent gas fireplaces are safe and convenient. There are many styles available and they offer flexible installation options. Gas fireplaces can also add value to your home. According to the Residential Cost Handbook, a gas fireplace has the potential to add an average of $5,900 to the value of a home. Therefore when it comes time to sell, homes with gas fireplaces have an advantage.
We hope this two-part blog series helps you choose the best gas fireplace for your lifestyle and home. See all of our gas fireplace options.