Fireplace Options For Your Renovation
Whether you prefer a gas or wood burning fire, you will find a wide range of opinions regarding the look and feel, cost, maintenance, convenience, and environmental responsibility for both fireplace options. The team at Style Plus take a quick look at wood burning and gas fires.
Modern woodburners are highly energy efficient, produce limited air pollution and use a form of renewable energy.
Burning wood is carbon-neutral because it is a renewable resource. However, burning wood cleanly is the key to making it enviro-friendly.
The large amount of radiant heat produced by woodburners suits many of our New Zealand houses. This is especially the case for the older, poorly insulated and draughty homes with high ceilings. A properly sized and installed woodburner can heat the whole home.
The advantage of a gas fire is that it provides instant heat and has the look of an open fire, without the danger of the open flame or the need for firewood. Additionally, gas is more energy efficient than electricity (emitting less greenhouse gas emissions than burning it to make electricity in power stations).
A gas fire provides both radiant and convection heating, with the radiant heat warming objects in a room and the convection heat circulating the warmed air…