Cantor’s Corner: Gas Fireplaces
Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Home Remodel With Gas Fireplaces
Today is the first day of fall, which means it’s a great time to consider a new gas fireplace if you are remodeling or adding space. Fireplaces add a beautiful look and cozy atmosphere to a living space while providing heat and comfort during the colder months.
Home Safety & Going Green
Due to green building codes, the days of traditional wood burning fireplaces are over. Smoke emitted from burning natural wood or artificial logs pollutes our environment and can also be a fire hazard.
The Good News!
There are plenty of beautiful fireplaces available called “gas appliances” that make a design statement and also can provide heat with blowers that are controlled by a switch or remote control. Not only are these sealed units safe and eco-friendly, they are cost effective, easy to install and can vent directly out an exterior wall, so a big stack is not necessarily unless it is for an architectural element.
Quality Fireplace Manufacturers
Heat and Glow or Heatilator are the leading brands installed by professional contractors. When shopping, especially online, be careful. Prices you see may only include the firebox, log holder and gas logs. There are other costs like venting, gas supply and installation that should be factored in. I recommend purchasing fireplaces through your contractor to insure proper installation and warranty coverage.