Are Gas Fireplaces the Cleanest and Greenest?
You can choose from several types of fuel for your fireplace, but natural gas is arguably the cleanest and greenest fuel for heating. Yes, it is a fossil fuel, but it’s the cleanest fossil fuel and produces fewer greenhouse gases and less pollution than wood, coal, or oil. Read on to learn more about environmentally friendly gas fireplaces, which have lately been outselling wood and pellet-fueled varieties by more than 50%, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.
Particulate emissions can cause major health problems. Natural gas produces almost none of the following particulate emissions produced by wood fires that can be harmful to the health of humans and animals:
- Airborne particulates
- Sulfur dioxide
- Carbon monoxide
The traditional favorite fuel for fireplaces is wood. On a widescale basis, burning wood is a major cause of particulates, including soot. Airborne particulate matter released in wood smoke is known to cause respiratory problems.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the microscopic particles produced by wood smoke can cause the following array of health issues:
- Runny nose
- Burning eyes
- Bronchitis and other respiratory diseases
- Triggers heart attacks
- Triggers stroke
- Causes irregular heart rhythms
- Can cause heart failure in individuals who are already at risk
Wood-burning appliances, fortunately, produce fewer particulates than ever before because of EPA restrictions that have been tightening steadily since the 1970s.
How Green and Clean is Gas?
Natural gas is a source of clean energy, and it produces less carbon dioxide than other fuel sources. When burned, natural gas produces:
- 45% less carbon dioxide than coal
- Approximately 30% less than oil, and
- About 15% less than wood.
Carbon emissions are of great environmental concern among people all over the world with an interest in taking better care of the earth and the air we breathe.
Efficient Heating with Gas
When it combusts, natural gas is remarkably efficient in producing heat. It’s necessary to burn a lot more wood in a fireplace than gas to produce the same amount of heat. The fact that a chimney flue is not required for gas fireplaces helps with efficiency, as well. Direct-vent gas fireplaces help cut heating costs because they are high-efficiency fireplaces that draw combustion air in from outdoors.
With a direct-vent fireplace, the venting goes directly through the nearest exterior wall and a chimney is unnecessary. Since a certain amount of heat is always lost as it goes up chimneys, the direct-vent model is a big improvement in fireplace efficiency.
As compared with the heat produced by your electric central heating system, gas heating systems are capable of producing temperatures up to 25 degrees warmer.
When the electricity goes out, the heat won’t go out if you have a gas fireplace. The fuel isn’t affected by electricity or the lack of it. The convenience of the pipeline that supplies gas directly to your home is another mark of the effortlessness of gas fireplaces.
Visit Yankee Doodle to See Styles of Gas Fireplaces
The showroom at Yankee Doodle has long been a destination for residents in and around Wilton CT. You don’t have to imagine how a clean, green gas fireplace may look in your home because dozens of heating appliances are in operation daily, including gas fireplaces in different styles. Yankee Doodle is the premier hearth appliance store in the area. Call us today at (203) 544-8111 or visit our showroom today. We are conveniently located at 848 Danbury Road.