23 Feb How Much Does It Cost to Operate My Fireplace?
No matter what type of fireplace you have, there are costs associated with using them. As a manufacturer of every type of fireplace for the home and other spaces, Kozy Heat Fireplaces can help you understand the many options available to you and help you choose the right one for your budget and needs.
Operation and Economics of Gas Insert Fireplaces
Gas insert fireplaces require only a gas line to operate. Once installed using your existing masonry chimney, you simply have to push a button on a remote in order to enjoy a warm fire. The gas from your line is what it actually burning over Kozy Heat Fireplaces factory built mock logs, stones or other media inside the frame. Most of the time, you can clean out these fireplaces on your own for cost effectiveness or you can hire a professional for periodic cleaning. Regardless of who you decide to conduct cleaning, you should still get the gas insert checked every year just to be sure there are no leaks or cracks. This will cost you around $75 to $125 annually. The only other cost to consider, beyond the initial purchase and installation, is the price of propane or LP gas. This is what fuels the fire inside the insert. If gas prices raise, so do your costs.
Gas Fireplaces and Costs
Different from an insert, a direct vent gas fireplace offered through Kozy Heat will have a vent leading outside. This is because of the true fire, that needs to be vented, is coming from the gas lines inside the fireplace. Most of the cleaning for a gas fireplace can be done on your own when the fireplace is cool and the pilot light is off. However, because of the vent, you will need an annual inspection which costs around $75-$100. If you want a thorough cleaning at the same time the cost could be closer to $150-$175. Also consider the price of propane gas and LP with this option.
Cleaning Wood-Burning Fireplaces
In some ways, a wood-burning fireplace is the least expensive option because the cost of firewood is typically less than the cost of propane gas. However, the cleaning required is a little more intense. You can sweep out the bottom of the fireplace after use on your own. However, since a full masonry chimney is required for a wood-burning fireplace, a full-cleaning is recommended annually in order to remove the buildup in the chimney from use. An inspection and cleaning is typically around $175-$250.
For any fireplace related questions, contact our experts at your local Kozy Heat Fireplaces authorized dealer today.