It is common for new homes to have gas fireplaces or electric fireplaces instead of a traditional wood fireplace since they are less expensive to install, cleaner, easier to maintain, and more efficient. Some homeowners are even converting existing wood-burning fireplaced to gas or electric, as the conversion can increase the value of a home and make it more appealing.
When planning for a gas fireplace installation, it is important to consider that a gas fireplaces requires a gas line or propane supply. Also, consider that there are three types of gas fireplaces, including vented, ventless, and insert, each offering different heat efficiencies, aesthetics size options, styles, and features such as thermostats and remote control.
An alternative to a gas fireplace is an electric fireplace which typically offers a modern and decorative option. Electric fireplaces come in different styles and sizes, and can be wall-mounted, recessed into a wall, or even built into furniture. Electric fireplaces do not use actual fire, but can create a realistic flame and typically come with adjustable heat settings, thermostat controls, and a remote control.
Learn about differences between gas fireplaces and electric fireplaces and considerations when including the appliance in a home remodeling project.