Tag Archives: gas fireplaces

How to convert a gas fireplace to electric

Once upon a time, in the 1960’s and ’70’s, everyone dreamed of having a wood-burning fireplace in their home.  Then, along came natural gas, and as it became more readily available, fireplace dreams changed to gas. Gas offered the beauty of a fireplace with the flick of a switch — no messy wood required. Now, […]

Gas Fireplaces vs. Electric Fireplaces

Homeowners love fireplaces. According to a 2013 survey by the National Association of Realtors in the U.S., 40% of buyers said they would pay extra for a fireplace. Of realtors surveyed, 70% said a home’s value would increase if it had at least one fireplace. The National Center for Real Estate Research discovered that a […]

4 Considerations for Commercial Design with Gas vs. Electric Fireplaces

Last year, I came across a sidebar article in one of our trade publications, Hearth & Home, about two large gas fireplaces being installed in the new Oakville Hospital in March, 2014. These fireplaces caught the eye of the publication’s editors because of the ‘fail safe’ system that the manufacturer, Stellar Hearth, had come up with […]

6 Reasons to Reconsider Electric Fireplaces after a Nasty Winter

On April 1, 2014, Ontarions thought the local gas utilities had played a cruel April Fool’s joke on them. Enbridge had been granted permission to raise their prices by 40%, while Union Gas had asked for a 28% increase. The reasons had to do with our seemingly endless winter, increased demand for home heating fuel, […]