Is there a better feeling than curling up near a warm fire on a cold day? Fireplaces are a must for many current and potential homeowners. Realtor.com reported that they were the No. 1 feature on 2015 homebuyer listings, with gas as the leading type of fireplace mentioned.
If you own a natural gas fireplace, you know why they are so desired. They use abundant, low-cost natural gas, like Atlantic Sunrise will provide. They’re convenient and efficient, and they do not require you to cut wood or clean up ashes. All you have to do is click a button or flip a switch and, voila, a warm fire is ready to go.
However, as is the case with other fireplace types, you need to operate natural gas fireplaces safely. Here are five tips to ensure you are safe with your gas fireplace:
Hire a licensed contractor to install it
Are you switching from wood to natural gas? It’s not a DIY job. Hire a licensed contractor to perform the conversion. A natural gas line or propane tank will need to be installed, and these should be handled only by experienced professionals.
Keep your gas fireplace clear
A natural gas fireplace produces a lot of heat. It’s important to keep the area around the fireplace free of objects and people. You should keep all objects at least two to three feet away. Install a safety screen to ensure pets and small children cannot go near the fireplace.
Install carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors are a must if you use any gas appliances in your home. You should put a detector on every floor in your home. Change the batteries at least twice a year.
Use a safety pilot in your gas fireplace
A safety pilot is an oxygen-depletion sensor. It will automatically shut off the fireplace if it detects too much carbon monoxide buildup. This, like anything else with your fireplace, should be installed and maintained by a licensed professional.
Maintain your gas fireplace with annual inspections, cleanings
A safe fireplace is a clean fireplace. Hire a professional to inspect and clean your fireplace on an annual basis. The inspection will involve cleaning and adjusting the log set, glass, and fan and air circulation passages, removing obstructions from vents, and replacing carbon monoxide detector batteries.
By keeping your fireplace safe, you’ll enjoy affordable warmth for years to come!
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