Gas vs. Electric Fireplaces—Which is Better?

There have been many advancements in fireplace designs and technology since the first fireplaces were created. These days, there are a couple of main options for heat sources: electric and gas. 

Our professionals at Blue Best can explain the differences and complete a fireplace installation once you’ve decided on the right type of fireplace for your home.

Many factors work into which option is best for your needs. For example, some homes do not have the laid-out gas lines that they need for a gas fireplace. Another, more common factor is the cost.

Gas fireplaces are generally more expensive to purchase initially but are much less costly in upkeep and energy costs. Electric fireplaces do not have this initial cost because they use electricity instead of gas. However, the cost of electricity can add up to be more expensive in the long run because you will have to pay for it each month.

The main benefit of having an electric fireplace is that you get to enjoy the look and feel of real flames without having to worry about a chimney, a flue, or any other traditional fireplace problems. You can also choose from various styles when it comes to electric fireplaces, so you don’t have to settle for just one type.

On the other hand, gas fireplaces tend to give off heat more evenly and efficiently than an electric fireplace. And since gas fires don’t rely on electricity, they won’t stop burning even if there is a power outage.

No matter what type of fireplace you choose, make sure it is installed by a professional to ensure the best quality fireplace installation and best functionality. Call Blue Best at (801) 851-5518 today!

When should you call a professional for fireplace repairs?

The average fireplace, whether it is gas or electric, should last for decades if properly maintained. We see many problems that could have been prevented with just a little bit of maintenance every year. Sometimes issues are relatively minor and can be repaired quickly, but other times, extensive damage results in the need to replace large components of the fireplace system.

Here are some of the most common issues we’ve seen that have required fireplace repairs:

  • Damaged or disconnected flue liner due to deterioration or damage caused by combustible materials coming into contact with the metal components.
  • Water leakage caused by dirt and leaves clogging up critical components like weatherproofing, draft regulators, and dampers.
  • Firebox cracking due to improper sizing/selection, installation issues, design flaws, or high temperatures caused by excessive burning.
  • Masonry cracking caused by expansion and contraction of the brick/stone that is not allowed for due to undersized flue liner or inadequate insulation.
  • Unsafe operation of gas-fired systems due to missing components like pilot lights, thermocouples, or control valves.

Call us today if you’ve encountered any of these problems in the greater Salt Lake City area! Our technicians at Blue Best can help you with any fireplace installation and repairs you need.