Got the hots for fire? Get the scoop on gas fireplaces.

It’s the holiday season. Practical Systems, your Minnesota heating and cooling specialists, are experts when it comes to installing gas fireplaces to keep your home toasty warm.

There’s something about curling up in front of a fire on a cool fall evening that’s as comforting as chicken noodle soup. Some people prefer the earthy smell of a natural wood fire, and others want the fire experience but not the clean up.

Fire is a gathering place for friends and families throughout the fall and winter season. If you’re looking for or have a fireplace to keep the chill to a minimum while the outside temperature drops, here are some advantages and disadvantages of gas and wood-burning fireplaces that you might want to take into account.

Gas over wood

Today’s gas fireplaces boast realistic flames and embers. You’d almost think they were real! Among the top reasons that many consumers chose gas over wood is the clean up. There is none – no ashes, no wood chips. Turn your fireplace on with the flick of a switch, and don’t worry about the flames because they’re safely enclosed. No random sparks will jump off of the burning wood onto the carpet.

Insects will beat a path right into your house through the covered pathway provided by a wood-burning fireplace. Creosote can build up in the chimney, and to avoid a serious fire hazard it need to be cleaned regularly. Heat generated by wood-burning fireplaces is hard to regulate, you can count on heated air from the room to go straight up the flue. Under perfect conditions it will take between 15 and 20 minutes to get your fire burning brightly.

A gas fireplace allows you to easily regulate heat, and it’s more effective in heating large rooms. Chose your style and size, and call Practical Systems at (952) 933-1868 to have it installed anywhere in your home.

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