Doing the Research
These days, many homeowners are making the decision to switch to a gas heating appliance in their home. In some cases, this means that adjustments need to be made to the chimney. Although this endeavor may seem a bit costly for some, there are actually many benefits. However, homeowners should carefully examine every aspect of the project before they make a decision to move forward.
Before jumping into the conversion, it is a good idea to have the entire system inspected, including the chimney. This is the most efficient way to determine exactly what changes will need to be made in order to have a successful transition. An inspector will also be able to tell whether or not there are any existing issues that may make the change difficult. Taking this important first step is a great way to avoid problems that could potentially arise later in the process.
Although the price tag may seem a bit steep for some at the front end, there are significant financial benefits to converting to a gas fireplace, stove or insert. Many homeowners may be eligible for tax rebates because the switch is environmentally-friendly. In addition, many families have reported saving upwards from a thousand dollars annually on their energy bill. The initial cost may seem overwhelming but the upgrade will pay for itself several times over within a few years.
Another huge advantage to homeowners is that there is not wood to chop, purchase, store and bring in. Considering the winter we’ve had…I imagine many homeowners dread the walk outside to bring in more fire wood. In addition to being a hassle, wood is also messier and takes longer to get going. Unlike gas appliances, it isn’t easy to control the heat flow when burning wood. With gas, it generally is as easy as pushing a button or turning a dial. You don’t have to wait long for a gas-powered heating appliance to start making the room toasty. Quick, convenient and with less mess — a homeowners dream!
One disadvantage that you need to keep in mind is simply about taste. How much do you love the smell, sounds and visual of a wood-burning fire? For some homeowners, this loss would be too much. However, if rapid, controllable heat with less inconvenience is more important to you…well, then keep looking into our many options for gas heat.
Converting to gas is a choice that many homeowners make for a number of reasons. Over time though, you will save a great deal of money on energy bills and some may even receive tax credit for making the switch. However, it is important to have the system inspected for safety before making any decisions. We have a wide variety of gas heating appliances and would be happy to discuss options for you.