Fireplaces: Gas or Wood?

Fireplaces: Gas or Wood?

Contrary to the popular belief to which most non-Floridians cling, there are seasons when balmy Florida sunshine is fleeting.  It is during such times when otherwise toasty Floridians visit their fireplaces for the warmth to which they have become so accustomed.  

There is a longstanding debate as to which is better: gas or wood?  In truth, both are great choices, however, what one homeowner may choose, another might loathe.  Lifestyle is a key factor that comes into play when considering whether you are a candidate for a gas fireplace versus a natural wood-burning ambiance.  

If you are a clean freak, no offense, you are likely concerned about ashes floating around your home and an increase in dust accumulation.  More earthy folks appreciate the aroma of natural wood-burning and embrace the opportunity to haul in bundles of freshly cut wood to maintain a cozy, roaring fire.  

The convenience of a gas fireplace can be a beautiful, clean thing with only the flick of a switch with which homeowners should concern themselves.  The dirtiness of chopping and lugging in wood simply isn’t an issue with gas and there is no need for constant hearth cleanup.  

For others, such a venture is almost a sport and the challenge of building one’s own fire poses a worthwhile award.  The crackling of the burning logs is hard to beat when setting an ambiance of cozy warmth.  

Gas fireplaces, however, have come a long way in looking like the real McCoy.  Modern gas logs now look like wood and can sometimes be easily mistaken for a natural fireplace.  While wood-burning fireplaces might be considered more cost-effective, either type of fireplace could benefit from the addition of a fireplace insert.  This will serve to increase efficiency especially when homeowners take measures to have chimneys and vent pipes cleaned annually along with a regular inspection and maintenance of the firebox all the way to the top of the chimney.  

Regardless of your preference, fireplaces, in general, have a way of warming a room just with their present ability to create a tranquil, peaceful environment for families and guests.  

For more information, contact  The Aitken Home Team today!

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Phil Aitken is the Owner/Broker with Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - Phil Aitken Home Team and has over 13 years of Real Estate experience. Phil’s faith and desire for his family’s continued security fuel his business growth and leadership. The Phil Aitken Home Team continues to profoundly impact the people of Jacksonville via supporting several faith-based organizations. Phil gives back a portion of every real estate transaction to The Tim Tebow Foundation and Rethreaded. Find Phil's full story here.