How Fireplace Efficiency Gets You Amazing Cost Savings
Fireplace efficiency can save you more money than you think
There’s something magical about fire - nothing quite compares to relaxing in the warmth and glow of a fireplace after a long day. Even better, it’s quite economical since enjoying fires with a Heat & Glo gas fireplace costs less than .40 cents* an hour. Add a glass of Chardonnay and you can create an oasis within the privacy of your own home – priceless.
Gas fireplaces also contribute to the household bottom line in other ways. In addition to being inexpensive to operate, they are incredibly efficient and can actually help reduce your gas bills.
Standing Pilot vs. IntelliFire
Some gas fireplaces have standing pilots, so they are always lit and burning a pilot flame 24/7. Heat & Glo fireplaces feature IntelliFire™ and IntelliFire Plus, which are intermittent pilot ignition systems. They conserve energy by lighting an ignition flame only when the unit is turned on and operating, instead of burning 24/7. This helps greatly reduce gas consumption and can shave as much as $10 per month on utility bills! This video explains the technology in more detail.
You can further reduce your energy consumption by using your gas fireplace to zone heat your home. Simply turn the temperature down on your central thermostat and let your fireplace heat the main areas where you live. It’s effective because central furnaces need to push large amounts of heat through the entire duct system, whereas gas fireplaces deliver heat directly into the living area for immediate warmth.
Another benefit of IntelliFire and IntelliFire Plus systems is a built-in battery backup, making it possible to light and use the gas fireplace for warmth during power outage. It can mean the difference between enduring a very cold house and cozying up to the fireplace until the power is restored. You’ll want to have the right size batteries on hand (usually two D cell batteries for IntelliFire, and four AA batteries for IntelliFire Plus) and follow instructions in the owner’s manual to light the pilot.
Without a doubt, we will always be drawn to fire. If you are considering adding a gas fireplace to your home, or are building a new home, you’ll be happy to know that modern style fireplaces like the luxurious PRIMO are every bit as efficient with the same heating qualities as traditional style gas fireplaces. Learn more about gas fireplace costs savings.
* Estimated cost for natural gas.