Did you know that installing a new gas or electric fireplace in your home can increase your property value by up to 12 per cent? With winter on its way, the cozy ambiance and additional heat can make your home much more comfortable. The good news is that installing a gas or electric fireplace is simpler than you think. Here’s what you need to know.
Cover the Basics
If you want to install a gas fireplace in your home, first find out if you’re connected to a natural gas line. If you have a gas stove, furnace or dryer, chances are you’re good to go. If not, you may need to have a new gas line installed. Alternatively, you can purchase a propane-fuelled fireplace. However, keep in mind that propane models require you to refill the tank when it’s empty.
Gas fireplaces produce carbon monoxide. Therefore, the fumes must be vented outside. There are a couple ways to do this. The first is to connect your fireplace to an existing chimney. However, this limits where you can install the unit. Another option is to purchase a direct-vent gas fireplace, which is more flexible. You can put one in your basement, den, bedroom or patio; essentially anywhere a technician can run a vent pipe through a wall or window. Gas fireplaces are ideal if situated on outside walls or the main floor with no second level.
Although most homes can accommodate a gas fireplace, sometimes there are exceptions. In that case, an electric fireplace may do the job. Electric fireplaces don’t require gas lines or chimney venting, so they’re much less expensive to install and can fit almost anywhere. However, they don’t produce as much heat as a gas fireplace and don’t produce a real flame.
Determine Your Heating Needs
The heat fireplaces produce is measured by British thermal units (BTUs). A fireplace with an appropriate BTU rating will make your home more comfortable, and you can save on your energy bills because you can set your thermostat at a lower temperature.
Fireplace Installation and Repair Services in Orangeville and Alliston
At Don’s Heating & Cooling, we sell and install a wide variety of fireplaces at our showrooms in Orangeville and Alliston. We also offer fireplace maintenance and repair services in the surrounding areas. Contact us today to have one of our Comfort Advisers visit your home and assess your situation.