Converting a Wood Fireplace to Gas

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Having a wood fireplace is great, but many homeowners are making the switch to gas. Wood fireplaces require a fair amount of upkeep, and you will spend a lot of money on wood. Lucky for you, making the switch to gas will not require you to get a whole new fireplace. Here are the benefits of switching to gas in your fireplace:

Cleaner Air and Home

Soot tends to get everywhere when you light a fire in your wood fireplace. If you don’t have proper ventilation, soot can get on walls and objects to create a sticky grease. Wood fireplaces also tend to release toxins into the air as well as pollutants. These include benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. When you switch to a gas fireplace, you won’t have to worry about soot or debris, so your air will be a lot cleaner.

Energy Efficiency

Gas fireplaces are more environmentally conscious. They are created to mimic a wood fireplace but are manufactured with energy-efficient materials and technology. You will get a lot more energy from the fuel as heat, about 75 – 98%. Wood fireplaces do not get more than 30%. This is way better than wood fireplaces, which run at around 30 percent efficiency because they waste about two-thirds of their heat up the chimney.

Safety

When you have a fireplace in your home, there is always a risk for danger. When you have a gas fireplace installed by our professionals, you’ll find it to be a lot safer than a wood fireplace. Gas fireplaces have a system for safety shutoff, which can prevent gas leaks. When the fireplace is on and in use, the gas levels stay stable so that the flames do not get too big. Wood fireplaces are more prone to accidents, but it is still essential to make sure gas fireplaces are properly vented.

Easy to Use

Gas fireplaces are way easier to use than wood. Gas can be started with the touch of a button, rather than having to light logs and keep the flame going. If you are looking for a simple fireplace option, converting to gas is the way to go! Although gas still requires some work from time to time, try to make the switch. 

Contact New England Hearth & Home

The fireplace experts at New England Hearth & Home are here to help you choose the best fireplace options for your home. We can help convert your existing wood fireplace to gas! Contact us to learn more about our services and repairs. Call us today or send us a message through our contact form to get in touch with our experts.

Fireplace Trends We Will See in 2021

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With every new year comes new trends! Fireplaces are included in that. Being able to change so many aspects of your fireplace and mantle, updating and staying trendy is easy. Here are some fireplace trends we will see in the months to come:

Emphasizing Your Fireplace Mantel

Using your fireplace mantel as a stylish piece of décor will be trendy this year. With many people doing away with even having a mantel, bringing it back in style will add a new element to anyone’s space. Modern, rustic, and Mediterranean types of mantels are said to what’s in style for 2021. These styles are versatile and easily made to be fitting for any living room or space in your home!

Natural-Textured Fireplaces

While the modern look was all the rage the past couple of years, many homeowners might be opting for a more natural and subtle look for their fireplaces in 2021. Modern materials are used to create these natural-looking fireplaces, though. Some materials you may see include concrete, Glass, metal, plaster, and wood. Concrete is a great option for those looking for a minimalist look, Glass is great for a transparent option, and metal is perfect for homeowners who want an industrial feel.

Tiled Fireplaces

Tiles are a reliable and trendy option to put on your fireplace. There are so many styles to choose from to fit your home’s decor and color scheme. There is pebbled tile, ceramic tile, glass mosaic tile, marble tile, and patterned tile. Pebbled tile is an eco-friendly option that might be one of the most popular materials for tiles. Ceramic is a classic material that will still have your fireplace looking trendy and chic. Glass can provide a modern touch along with a luxurious look!

TV Over Your Fireplace

More and more homeowners are caving in and placing their TV over their fireplace. Many people have had either mirrors or pictures above their mantel, but with the changing times and living rooms becoming a more casual space, TVs are making their way up there. The TV’s flatness mixed with something like a gas or electric fireplace provides a chic look to any home.

Contact New England Hearth & Home

Whichever fireplace trends you want to take part in this year, New England Hearth & Home can help! With years of experience in the fireplace industry, our experts are ready to tackle your project. New England Hearth & Home is here to help you stay up-to-date with fireplace trends. Contact us to learn more about our fireplace services and products. Call us today to learn more or fill out our contact form to reach our fireplace experts!

Signs That Your Chimney Needs To Be Cleaned

When something like a car has issues, you typically know right away. When it’s something like your chimney, you may have difficulty noticing if there is a problem. It’s that time of year again where fireplaces will be in full force. Your chimney must be in perfect shape to keep you and your home safe. Here are some ways to tell if your chimney needs to be cleaned:

Buildup of Creosote

If you burn a fire and notice a weird smell, it could be creosote buildup in your chimney. This smell can still be noticeable even after you think you cleaned the fireplace, it’s something to do with the chimney. Creosote is a by-product of burning fires in your fireplace, and it should be cleaned every year – especially if you are an avid user of your fireplace. Moisture from the logs burning will travel up the chimney and stick to the walls. 

Animal Entry

Birds and other smaller animals get into chimneys more often than you think. This can happen when your chimney cap isn’t shut or when you don’t have one at all. Small animals can easily get in, but they have a tough time getting out. Chimneys are the perfect place for birds and animals to live and start families. If you sense a weird smell coming from your fireplace, you may need to have it cleaned out for animals. A lot of the time, you will even find dead animals in there. It’s sad, but it happens often.

Excess Smoke In Your Fireplace

If you have a lot of smoke when you burn a fire, that can be a sign to have your chimney cleaned. Excess smoke can signal that there is a blockage somewhere in the chimney. It can also mean the opening in the chimney is clogged by grime, soot, or creosote. Your chimney won’t be as effective unless you get it cleaned out.

Soot

If you have a lot of black material in your fireplace, that could be soot. Soot is what happens before creosote forms. Soot isn’t too hard to clean out of a fireplace, but you definitely should get it done before a long winter of use. 

Contact New England Hearth & Home

New England Hearth & Home is here to help you with all things fireplace! We can take care of your yearly cleaning and any other maintenance on your fireplace. Contact us to talk to one of our experts about anything you need to be done to your fireplace. Call us today or fill out our online request form to get in touch.

Unique Places in Your Home to Install a Fireplace

When you see a fireplace in someone’s home, it’s typically in the living room. Since fireplaces are an amenity that started in the 1600s, living rooms were the best part of the house in terms of ventilation. While fireplaces’ look has changed, many people stray away from installing them in other parts of their homes. Here are some rooms in your home where you should consider installing a fireplace:

Fireplace in Your Master Bath

Master bathrooms are the peak of relaxation in a home. Usually, there is a soaking tub or jacuzzi, double vanity, and a lot of space. If you spend a big part of your day in your master bathroom, adding a fireplace can make it even more enjoyable. Colder mornings will be warmer, and relaxing in the bath after a long day will be full of ambiance. Once you think about adding one to your bathroom, you won’t be able to get the idea out of your head!

Fireplace in Your Kitchen

These days, kitchens are more dynamic than ever! From entertaining to cooking, a kitchen can be used for so much. Since many people opt for an open concept kitchen when remodeling, they find themselves eating meals there. Adding a fireplace for holiday dinners and having friends over can create a restaurant atmosphere and add warmth and comfort to the space.

Fireplace in Your Foyer

Adding a warm welcome for your guests or yourself after a long day is something easy to do with a fireplace in your foyer! Even if you have a small entryway, there are small fireplaces to match. Having a fireplace in your foyer is a pleasant surprise and a unique addition to your home.

Fireplace in Your Exercise Room

Having a fireplace in a room that you associate with sweat and being hot probably doesn’t make sense at first. Luckily, electric fireplaces can give the appearance of a fire without the heat! If you do yoga, Pilates, or another relaxing form of exercise, having a fireplace in the room with you can add to the calming and soothing vibes.

Fireplace in Your Outdoor Living Space

As the weather gets cooler and the nights getting shorter, adding a fireplace to your backyard living space can increase the amount of time you’re able to spend out there. Fireplaces are an excellent option for inside and outside of the home. Keep you and your guests warm while also adding extra light!

Contact New England Hearth & Home

At New England Hearth & Home, our mission is to provide you with the best fireplace services you can find. Contact us for fireplace installation, repairs, and other services. Call us today or fill out our service request form to get in touch!