Propane fireplaces are a common type of home heating appliance that make use of propane as their fuel source. Because of propane's unique material qualities, propane fireplaces possess a distinct set of advantages over other types of heating appliances. Understanding what a propane fireplace has to offer your home can help you decide if they are the right fit for your home heating needs.
Unlike electric fireplaces, which can take a significant amount of time for the element to warm up, or wood fireplaces, which require a fire to be built and maintained for a while before a real fire gets going, propane fireplaces offer near instant heat, requiring only the push of a button or the strike of a match to light the pilot light to get a fire going. This means that you're able to address cold air within your home in a matter of seconds, not minutes, increasing your home's comfort levels.
Ease of Maintenance
Unlike wood burning fireplaces, propane fireplaces don't produce a significant amount of soot or dirt during every fire. While it is still necessary to clean a propane fireplace semi-regularly, you only have to do so after several fires, and the cleaning process is much easier, requiring you to only wipe down the fireplace instead of shoveling out large amounts of ash and charcoal. This helps cut down on the amount of time and money that you have to spend on your fireplace in the long run. Furthermore, it should be noted that propane fireplaces don't have a chimney like wood fireplaces do, instead venting emissions out of a small pipe. This means that you don't have to check to ensure that animals have taken up residence in your chimney, or clear out sticks and other debris which may have become stuck.
It's also important to note that propane fireplaces are extremely reliable. They will work in the event of a power outage (assuming your model doesn't use an electric starter), which makes them much more effective in rural areas than electric heaters. Furthermore, unlike wood fireplaces, propane fireplaces will always work: the fuel is automatically delivered to the fireplace, and you don't have to worry about chopping, hauling, or drying out dry pieces of wood. This means that you can always count on your fireplace kicking in and supplying heat to your home, no matter what the weather conditions are outside.
Talk to your HVAC contractor at a place like Rechtin Tom Heating Air Conditioning to see if this would work with your furnace.