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Tips for Buying a Gas Fireplace

December 18, 2020

Tips for Buying a Gas Fireplace

Fireplaces are not only a great source of heat, they are also a wonderful display that can leave a person entranced for hours. For Toronto residents experiencing the Canadian weather, the thought of purchasing a gas fireplace seems essential. However, many people are unsure where to even start when purchasing a gas fireplace in the Greater Toronto Area. This short tip guide, with points to consider, will give good insight when purchasing a gas fireplace in the Greater Toronto Area!

Ventilation

The first thing to determine is the type of ventilation that the gas fireplace will use. A ventless gas fireplace does not require any vent installation and is considered the most efficient because heat is not lost through any ventilation system. A vented fireplace loses some of those luxuries but fresh air is circulated through an air intake pipe. 

Gas Type

There are two major choices when it comes to gas: natural or propane. Natural gas is the cleanest burning but propane still burns well, produces great amounts of heat, and is a great alternative for rural communities.

Style

The flames of the fireplace can differ depending on the style used for the firebox. The main choices for owners are typically glass or logs. The logs are more rustic and create a more traditional flame. Glass is useful for a contemporary ambience as the flames reflect off of the sheen surfaces of the glass. 

Cost and Value

Consider the cost of the new fireplace. Gas fireplaces add value to the home so take in to account any added value in addition to the total cost. A gas fireplace price ranges in cost due to different features, size, brand, and other factors. For the most accurate price estimate, contact us today to speak with a representative from A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, to discuss what you are looking for in a fireplace. 

Sitting by a warm fire during the cold season brings comfort and happiness to everyone. There are several benefits to owning a gas fireplace, whether it be visual or functional. A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, can be of great assistance for first time fireplace buyers. Contact us today to speak to a specialist about adding a gas fireplace in your home. 

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FAQ

  • Water is Leaking on my Furnace

    Water falling on to the furnace can harm your heating unit by affecting the control boards and other components enclosed in the furnace. There can be many causes to the water overflow, but the most common cases in the summer is the ice build up inside the evaporator coil due to low refrigerant level. Water build up can also be due to the evaporator coil having a crack on the base, if this is the case contact us by booking an appointment or call us today to have a technician come have a look at your unit and repair this issue before it causes excessive damage.  

  • Furnace is blowing cold air in Winter?

    This can be due to Ignition lockout, sometimes could be resolved by resetting the power  and if this does not resolve the issue you should contact a certified gas technician from A-Plus Quality to get this problem resolved!

  • What is a heat pump?

    Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

  • What is a mini-split?

    By definition, and simply put, a “Split System” is a heating and air conditioning system which has two main components, the indoor unit and outdoor unit. In short, the indoor unit absorbs heat energy in the cooling mode, and the outdoor unit rejects the very heat absorbed by the indoor unit. And the cycle is repeated until the set temperature is met. Although the indoor and outdoor units are located in physically different, hence “split” locations, they are connected and operate as, one system; continuously circulating refrigerant liquid and vapor by means of interconnecting, dehydrated copper refrigerant lines, commonly referred to as a “Line Set”.

  • What are mini-split advantages?

    Just as the name implies, a “mini-split” system is a “split system” however available in smaller capacities, for single room to whole house conditioning. Mini-split systems may range from as small as 9,000 BTUh per hour, comparable to say, a small window AC unit, for individual room use, up to 4 and 5 ton capacities for “Room By Room” (also known as “Zoning”) and whole house conditioning. With near universal design, mini-splits are “heat pumps” which provide both heating and cooling for a home. Here are key advantages when compared to traditional split systems:

    Efficiency- Mini-splits are highly engineered systems which offer attractive operating efficiencies, in many instances, eligible for utility company rebates.
    Heat Pump- Most mini-split systems are heat pumps, providing year-round comfort.
    Solar friendly- Due to very low power requirements, mini-splits are an ideal complement to “Net Zero Energy” homes, or any home using renewable power.
    Carbon footprint- Mini-splits are 100% electric, with zero operating emissions of any type.
    Zoning- Most mini-split manufacturers offer systems capable of room-by-room “zoning”, to account for peak demands of a room based upon construction type, exposure orientation and usage.
    Variable capacity- Mini-splits are typically DC inverter driven. That is, a variable speed compressor which modulates in proportion to instantaneous demand. Most conventional split systems, by comparison, operate with an ON-OFF strategy. (Would you use an ON-OFF switch as the accelerator in your vehicle?)
    Location, Location, Location!- Mini-split outdoor units are compact; they can be located far away from noise-sensitive areas, such as bedrooms and home offices. Mini-split indoor units have the ability to be installed where conventional systems cannot.
    They’re perfect for additions and remodels where access to current HVAC system is difficult to access.
    Modern mini-split systems are remarkably quiet; in fact, many times their operation is unnoticed by the end user.

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