Reasons to Add a Gas Fireplace to Your Home
A fireplace is a top amenity that prospective homebuyers want. You don’t have to go without if your home doesn’t have one. A gas fireplace is easy and affordable to have installed. There are many perks to upgrading your home with a gas fireplace.
The Top Reasons to Invest in a Gas Fireplace
1. Luxurious heat with little maintenance.
There is something about the soothing glow of a fireplace that makes it easier to relax. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you can’t relax beside it for long without needing to add fuel or stoke the flames. With a gas fireplace, you can control the fire with a touch of a button or flip of a switch. Some models, like the Heat & Glo Soulstice™ direct vent gas fireplace, have a sleep timer. It allows you to fall asleep enjoying the warmth of your fireplace, knowing it will automatically shut off at the right time. You can set it to start blazing again in the morning, just before you wake up, so it has enough time to heat the room. Wood-burning fireplaces can’t compete with the convenience of a gas fireplace.
2. Lower utility bills.
Gas fireplaces today are designed to have a high heat output. You can heat up to 900 or 1,200 square feet, depending on the size of your fireplace. Instead of leaving your furnace continually running during cold months, you can zone heat the main living space in your home with a fireplace. Many people use this method to cut down on their heating costs, especially during the spring and fall when the temperature constantly fluctuates. Zone heating your home, with a fireplace in your living room or great room, is a smart way to lower your heating costs while you stay toasty warm.
3. Increases your home’s resale value.
If you are planning to sell your home, a gas fireplace is a smart investment. According to the National Center for Real Estate Research, you may increase your home value by up to 12% when you add a fireplace. Your home may also sell faster. According to realtor.com, a fireplace is the number one feature that homebuyers are looking for. It could be the selling feature that sets your house apart from others on the market.
4. Affordable price tag.
Building a new masonry brick fireplace can cost over 10,000 dollars! You can nearly cut that cost in half by investing in a gas fireplace. On average, it costs around $6,000 to purchase and install a gas fireplace. The installation process is also far less of a hassle. Professionals—like the hearth experts we work with—can typically install a new gas fireplace in one day, however the installation process can take up to a week in some cases for a complex project.
A fireplace is an attractive amenity that enhances the beauty of any room. Gas fireplaces offer many benefits that you can’t get from a traditional wood-burning fireplace. You can cut down on your annual heating costs without the hassle of cutting or collecting firewood. Gas fireplaces are available with a wide range of convenient features that make them easy to operate and maintain. A gas fireplace is an energy-efficient and affordable heating appliance that will increase your home’s value.
Stop by Yankee Doodle, Inc. Stove & Fireplace Center’s showroom to view a wide selection of attractive gas fireplace models! Our knowledgeable staff can answer your questions about the fireplace models that interest you and walk you through the installation process.