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5 Safety Tips for Your Residential Fireplace

close-up of stone residential fireplace in log cabin with blazing fireGas fireplaces are a joy to have in your home, especially when the always-changing El Paso weather creeps up on you. If you have a residential fireplace or are considering getting one, it’s important to know be aware of precautions. Here are 5 tips to keep your gas fireplace safe.

Hire a Professional

You should not install a residential fireplace yourself. As important as your home is to you and as dangerous as fire can be, you want to make sure that a professional installs your residential fireplace.

Install Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are important. Equip your home with these detectors. Gas fireplaces do not increase carbon monoxide levels. That is unless something is operated improperly. So it’s smart to have a detector if you have any gas appliances in your home.

Protect Your Residential Fireplace

Especially if you have children, you will want to make sure that you purchase a barrier to keep small kids from touching the fireplace when it’s emitting heat. You’ll also want to keep pets away from when it’s not in use.

Keep it Clean

Make sure you stay on top of the upkeep. You should be aware if your fireplace is not being properly clean or if it has obstructed vents. Debris may build up over time and can cause expensive damage.

Never Leave a Fire Unattended

Although residential fireplaces are safe and controlled, it is not a good idea to leave one unattended. The whole point of a fireplace is for you to enjoy its beauty and its warmth. So, make sure not to waste heat in an

feet in colorful socks near fireplace

empty room.

At K.D. Scholten Co., we specialize in residential fireplaces in El Paso. We currently have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We definitely know safety when it comes to fireplace installation. With this in mind, give K.D. Scholten Co. a call today.

Do I Need Specific Gas Logs for My Fireplace?

 a couple in front of the fire with glasses of wineWhen choosing gas logs in El Paso, you might be wondering if you can pick just any particular one. There are a few factors to take into consideration before making your choice in logs. Even though gas logs require less attention than a burning wood log, it is important to be cautious when initially purchasing them. KD Scholten familiar with this process as they install a variety of fireplaces with gas logs. Here are some things that you should know before making any purchase.

Vented vs. Vent-Free Gas Logs

One of the most important factors that separate gas logs is the difference between vent or vent-free logs. Vented logs need to be lit with the flue of your chimney left open. This log is great as a decoration piece because the flame will burn high and look great. The downside is that many log sets will not emit much heat.You will need to shop carefully to make sure you have  the right material.

If you are looking for a heat source that will keep you warm, then you can also purchase a vent free log set. With a closed flue, the fire will not burn as high as a vented log, but it will help keep you warm. However there are certain restrictions on where they are permitted.

Propane vs. Natural Gasa fireplace and a roaring fire and gas logs

Even before choosing a vented or vent-free log, you must also know whether your fireplace uses natural gas or liquid propane. A fireplace that uses liquid propane burns fuel at three times the temperature than regular gas. On the other hand, Natural gas is cheaper, but it burns away faster than liquid propane. Find out which option is available to you so you can choose the right log for your home.  This way, you can avoid any fire hazards.

When purchasing your gas logs, it is important to choose the correct one. While comfort is definitely a factor, gas logs can be dangerous if you choose the wrong one. Here at KD Scholten, we believe that gas fireplaces are a great addition to any home. Contact KD Scholten today!

 

Electric Fireplaces vs. Traditional Fireplaces

a couple with their feet up against fireplacesThere are three primary types of fireplaces that you can consider for your home: wood burning or traditional; gas; and electric. There are substantial differences between these three kinds of fireplaces. You will need to make informed choices about which is the right one for use in your El Paso home. K.D. Scholten Co. carries different kinds of fireplaces so you can see them in action. We can also help you to understand what is involved with the installation process and what kinds of ongoing maintenance will be required.

Differences Between Electric and Traditional Fireplaces

When most people think of traditional fireplaces, they think of wood burning fireplaces. These wood burning options have long been the gold standard, and they can produce a truly natural fire which smells amazing and which makes wonderful crackling sounds. Unfortunately, the wood variety can also be the most expensive. They require a full chimney and are also messy and difficult to use.  a fancy fireplace

A gas fireplace can give you a traditional look, but venting is usually required and installation can also be more expensive. Electric fireplaces are a simpler solution which usually costs less to install and which do not require venting. You can plug in or turn on an electric fireplace. They can provide heat, and they provide a simulated fire rather than a real one. They have come a long way and the simulated fire can look really good, so many people choose this option for their El Paso homes. 

Finding Your Fireplace

Choosing the right fireplace for your home will be highly beneficial, especially with the weather getting colder. When you are ready to find the right fireplace for your space, visit K.D. Scholten Co. to see our vast selection of different options and to shop for the perfect fireplace within your budget.