Living room with gas fireplace

A gas fireplace is a fabulous addition to any home. Not only are they stylish and visually pleasing, but you don’t have to deal with any of the mess of a wood burner.  

Fireplaces are a necessity for everyone to have in their home; they make us feel safe, cozy and inspire connection. Gas fireplaces are more environmentally friendly than a traditional log burner. For this reason, more and more homeowners are switching to gas in Canada. 

Wondering how to choose a gas fireplace that’s right for your home? Keep these factors in mind. 


Choosing a gas fireplace starts with the overall aesthetic of your room. If you have a more traditional-styled room, a modern, minimalist fireplace may look odd. You can choose from realistic-looking log flames to glowing embers, to coloured lights, stones, and glass. 

Perhaps you want an authentic fireplace look rather than an industrial-styled burner; you should choose bricks or stone. One of the types of gas fireplaces is sure to be a fireplace to suit your tastes.  

Think about which room you want a gas fireplace for your home. Just because a fire is traditionally in the living room, doesn’t mean you can’t have one in the bathroom or bedroom. Take the measurements for the space you want to install the fireplace to know what size will fit.  


There are two options for gas fireplace vents: vented or unvented. 

A direct vent system will help protect the air quality of your home. Direct vents are the most efficient system. You will need to connect your fireplace to an external chimney or source of ventilation if you choose a natural vent system.  

Unvented fireplaces don’t require connection to the outside. This means they pull air in from the room and release the by-products back into the room too. This may adversely affect the air quality of your home.  

Remember that a gas fireplace is still a cleaner way to heat your home than a wood burner.  

Are you looking to install a gas fireplace in your home? Let our experts at Whitfield ClimateCare help find the perfect fireplace for your family. Give us a call today. 

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Ignition Method 

Some fireplaces have a manual ignition. Others require a pilot light, while some require an electric ignition.   

A pilot light may not be the most efficient, as it requires gas to be constantly burning. Choose a fireplace that’s easy to turn on and off and has simple controls.  


How does your fireplace spread the heat it produces? 

A fan can increase the efficiency of your fireplace, as it spreads the heat more evenly through the room. By choosing the best gas fireplace for your home, you could save on your energy bills as it effectively heats your home.  

Set a budget before you shop. This will stop you from overspending.  

Know How to Choose a Gas Fireplace 

A gas fireplace will bring a luxurious, cozy, and comfortable vibe into your home. You won’t ever need to clean out the ashes again! Now that you know how to choose a gas fireplace, it’s time to get shopping.    

Looking for some advice on your gas fireplace installation? Speak to our experts at Whitfield ClimateCare. We will be happy to advise you.   

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