Do you know the difference between gas logs, gas inserts, and gas fireplaces? It seems like the sort of thing you should just already know, but if you don’t, then don’t worry– you’re not alone. The short answer is that if you don’t already have a fireplace, your solution is an electric fireplace, a gas fireplace, or some other sort of fireplace that doesn’t require a chimney for an exhaust. If you want better looks for an existing fireplace, get logs – but if you want heat, too, then you’ll at least need to look at a gas insert – if not installing a gas fireplace.
You may have used your traditional fireplaces in the past, but whatever your motivation, you now want to switch things up without a full overhaul to your home. Gas logs may be your ticket! Not only are gas logs more decorative, but they are also cleaner and easier to use. Gas logs are ceramic logs that are always stacked up perfectly and don’t turn into nasty acidic soot that can get out into your home the next time you are ready to light up your fireplace again. You can also have peace of mind that you aren’t adding the carbon emission levels (from those former authentic wooden logs you burned) out directly into the air.
Gas logs are a great solution to using less electricity, lowering your carbon emissions, and still getting time in front of that comfortable and cheery glow you are used to from your fireplace (minus the smoky smell that lingers in your hair and on your furniture and carpets if it turns out the chimney is due for a cleaning). However, a gas log doesn’t put out much heat – it’s more for aesthetics. If you’re looking for warmth along with ambience, then you may need to opt for a gas insert or gas fireplace after all.