Posted: January 8, 2024
Are Propane Fireplaces Efficient?
The kinds of fireplaces that are going to get the job done
When the winter weather rolls into Eastern North Carolina many of us start to spend some good old quality time in front of our fireplaces. And if you are using those fireplaces for warmth as opposed to just aesthetics you probably want something that is efficient and actually gets the job done. That is where propane fireplaces come into play.
For the most part, propane appliances are known to be more efficient than electric appliances. They can accomplish whatever job they are supposed to get done faster than their electric counterparts. For example, the hot water recovery rate of electric water heaters is double compared to electric water heaters. Using a propane stove gets your food cooked faster with more precise temperature control. Propane clothes dryers dry your clothes faster than electric clothes dryers.
The same goes for your propane fireplaces – they tend to work efficiently, plus using them helps you avoid the mess that comes along with a wood-burning fireplace. However, there are some discrepancies when it comes to efficiency between the different kinds of propane gas fireplaces that are out there on the market.
The different kinds of propane gas fireplaces
There are two types of propane gas fireplaces: vent-free and direct-vent.
- Direct-vent gas fireplaces: These types of gas fireplaces are not as efficient as they could be since a large amount of the heat they produce goes up through a fireplace’s chimney or flue. Yet, homeowners like them because their flames look very realistic and similar to the flames you get with a wood-burning fireplace.
- Vent-free fireplaces: If efficiency is what you are looking for in terms of a fireplace, vent-free is your better bet. Their downside is that their flames are smaller and less realistic looking. They also can’t be installed in bedrooms or other enclosed rooms such as bathrooms since the exhaust they produce goes directly into a home instead of being directed through a vent to the outdoors.
Reasons to consider a gas fireplace
The fact that propane gas fireplaces are efficient aren’t their only plus. Here are some more benefits:
- Convenience: Propane gas fireplaces can be easily installed in an already existing masonry fireplace. In fact, installation usually only takes a day or two. Installing a masonry fireplace is way less convenient, more time consuming and a much larger construction project.
- They’re better for your health: With a propane gas fireplace you don’t have to be concerned about potential health risks connected to wood-burning fireplaces such as increased risk of heart attacks and respiratory problems due to their particulate matter. Propane gas fireplaces are clean burning, which means they are safer and better for your health.
- A variety of designs: Propane gas fireplaces come in a variety of different styles and direct-vent propane gas fireplaces can go in any room within your home.
- They’re better for the environment: You greatly reduce your carbon footprint by using propane appliances and this includes propane gas fireplaces. Wood-burning fireplaces give off significantly more particulate emissions than propane gas fireplaces do, making propane gas fireplaces the more environmentally friendly option.
Turn to Tidewater Energy For Gas Fireplaces
If you are in Eastern North Carolina, make Tidewater Energy your go-to for both natural gas and propane gas fireplace maintenance, installation and repair services.
Contact us today to let us know how we can help with all your gas fireplace needs!