Our home is notoriously chilly in the winter. The exterior walls contain the original insulation from when the house was built in 1922. Insulation technology has come along quite a way since the days of horsehair mats and newspaper. Wish I was kidding about that. Now that the outdoor temperature gauge reads minus 3 degrees, it was motivation to do something about it!
The house had an existing wood burning fireplace that we used sparingly. The wood fire had a cozy feel, but you could practically feel the heat being sucked from the house and straight up the chimney.
I had reservations about converting the wood burning fireplace to gas. What if the electricity went out and we had no heat? But, the more I researched, the more I was convinced this was the way to go. No cleanup, no splitting firewood, no singed dog noses. I mean, call me lazy, but what beats pushing a button and instantly having fire?
Gas fireplaces are much more efficient at heating than a traditional wood burning fireplace. The heat actually stays IN and doesn’t get sucked out the chimney, thanks to a direct venting. The pilot light on a gas fireplace also prevents spiders from coming in. Bonus!
Do your homework. Figure out which features are most important to you. Style, efficiency, cost, options, gas or propane. Winter doesn’t mean you have to be cold in your home. Push a button!