Throughout Philadelphia, Delaware, and Bucks county, families are switching from wood-burning fireplaces to safe and affordable propane-fueled indoor units. For many years, Pennsylvanians have used wood-burning fireplaces as a focal point within their homes and as a heat source during the winter months. Now, families across the state are choosing gas fireplaces after realizing the numerous benefits they can bring to a home. GasTec, one of the leading suppliers of propane services in Bucks County PA, has helped many families make the switch from wood to gas fireplaces this holiday season, and today, will discuss the various benefits gas fireplaces bring to Pennsylvanian families.
Compared to classic wood-burning fireplaces, propane-fueled fireplaces have a much smaller environmental footprint and, on average, produce fewer emissions and carbon monoxide gases. Old-fashioned fireplaces are known to emit a steady stream dangerous substances and lung irritants such as benzene, formaldehyde, benzoapyrene, and soot particles. Propane fireplaces use gas logs to simulate a wood-burning fireplace without producing the same dangerous emissions while burning at higher, more efficient temperatures.
Propane fireplaces are an excellent option for families with young children and pets, as they do not allow access to the open flame. These fireplaces are designed with a glass layer to prevent household accidents and regulate and better distribute heat within a room. Wood-burning fireplaces require users to maintain a flame, making the open flame easily accessible to young children. A propane fireplace is considered one of the safest models of fireplaces if the fireplace has been properly installed and includes a top or side vent.
For many people, heat output is a major consideration when choosing a fireplace. Propane fireplaces are known for their heat efficiency and, on average, deliver up to five times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces and six times of wood-burning fireplaces. The heat output of fireplaces is measured using British Thermal Units, or BTUs, which are defined as the amount of heat needed to raise a pound of water temperature by one degree Fahrenheit. On average, wood-burning fireplaces emit between 20,000-40,000 BTUs, while gas fireplaces can emit anywhere between 8,000 – 60,000 BTUs. For those looking to use a fireplace to heat their home or large room, GasTec recommends a gas fireplace for maximum heat efficiency.