Fireplace and a Stack of WoodGas fireplace installation is becoming more popular among residents in Utah and other states. Having a fireplace not only enhances the overall look of your house; it also provides comfort, especially during the cold season.

Comfort Solutions outlines some of the important things you should know when installing a new fireplace.

Gas or Wood Fireplace?

When it comes to efficiency, you can’t go wrong with gas fireplaces. Experts call it the “clean burner” since it produces fewer pollutants compared to other types. They are also easier to maintain and more cost effective. The estimated cost for operating gas fireplaces can reach up to $70 annually, while wood can go up to $200. In addition, a gas fireplace only takes one switch to work. However, some people still prefer wood fireplaces because of the natural atmosphere they bring.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of installation can range from $1500 to $5000, including the professional fees. This depends on the brand, size, and design of the fireplace. Some companies offer customized fireplace installation.

What Type of Gas Can You Use?

You can use either natural gas or propane. Many people prefer natural gas because it produces more heat. Propane is just an alternative in case natural gas is unavailable.

DIY or Professional Installation?

While DIY projects may work sometimes, it’s still best to leave the job to the experts. Make sure they are certified by the National Fireplace Institute and other governing bodies.

What to Look for

The key features you should consider are visible flame height adjustment, thermostat control, electronic ignition, LED accent lighting, backup batteries, and built-in fans.

Always consider the room size before installing a new fireplace. Make sure the heat output matches the area, climate, and insulation level. These are among the reasons you should hire a professional. They usually run a thorough inspection to ensure your home’s safety.