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Lit Fireplace Trends in 2022-2023

A minimal fireplace

Most fireplaces in an average home have the same classic look—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Some of the latest fireplace trends are completely reinventing the designs and the systems traditional fireplaces are based on.

As a leading fireplace services provider in Gainesville, Chimney & Dryer Vent Services professionals come across all kinds of fireplaces. Here are the three hottest trends we’re seeing right now.

Clean, Simple, and Minimal Fireplaces

Fireplace trends are finally adopting minimalism. Fireplaces in contemporary-style homes are simple, clean, and have much less detail than classic fireplaces. Many contemporary-style fireplaces are perfectly rectangular with well-defined clean edges. If you’re designing a new fireplace for a contemporary-style house, make it minimal. Unlike this one, the next two trends can be easily incorporated into your existing fireplace.

“Can’t Believe It’s Not Firewood” Gas Fireplaces 

Gas logs are much safer and better for the environment than burning firewood in your fireplaces. Gas fireplaces are also not as harmful to health as wood burning. Gas log designs have been evolving, and some of the latest models from leading brands, such as Real Fyre, look like real wood. Some Real Fyre designs look half-burnt, giving a new level of realism to gas logs.

At Chimney & Dryer Vent Services, we install Real Fyre gas log sets throughout Gainesville.   Hire our gas logs services and replace your old gas log with a contemporary one today!

A realistic gas fireplace

Fireplaces with Accessories 

Who said you couldn’t have anything other than wood in your fireplace? Gas log companies now have accessories that allow you to customize your fireplace. You can use pine cones, acorns, coals, and other accessories to create a unique fireplace according to your taste. Real Fyre even has gas logs that have river rocks instead of wood. In 2023, your fireplace can be anything you want it to be.

Chimney & Dryer Vent Services is Gainesville’s leading gas logs and fireplace services provider offering experienced professionals at competitive costs. We also offer chimney sweep, chimney repair, rain pan repair, and dryer vent cleaning services in Gainesville.

Want to catch up with the latest fireplace trends in 2023? Get in touch now!

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Why You Should Upgrade To Gas Logs

A modern gas fireplace

Are you still using firewood for your fireplace? Gas logs are a superior option in almost every way. They’re safer, better for health, cost-effective, and less harmful to the environment.

At Chimney & Dryer Vent Services, we offer a range of chimney and fireplace-related services in Gainesville. We always recommend our customers upgrade to gas logs. Here are some reasons why.

Gas Fireplaces Are Safer

Even though fireplaces and chimneys are designed to ensure fire safety, chimney fires aren’t unheard of. Firewood can cause creosote to accumulate in your chimney flue, a highly flammable substance responsible for most chimney fires. Gas fireplaces don’t produce creosote and are much safer. Gas log fires are also more controlled, which lowers fire risk. However, gas fireplaces can lead to other buildups, so you still need regular inspections and cleaning.

Firewood Produces More Carbon Dioxide

Gas fireplaces use methane, the smallest and simplest hydrocarbon in nature. Methane requires little energy for an ignition and produces a good amount of energy as heat. On the other hand, wood is made up of complex hydrocarbons that take a good amount of energy to break before they release heat.

Some amount of the heat produced in wood burning is continuously being used to keep the reaction going. This means wood produces more CO2 for the same energy, making it worse for the environment.

Firewood is Harmful To Health

Wood combustion produces a range of molecules in addition to carbon dioxide and vapor. Many of these compounds are harmful to humans as they can impair lung function and increase your risk of infectious diseases. Gas combustion is much safer for health.

Close-up of a gas fireplace

Gas Logs Save You Money

Gas logs require an initial investment, but you’ll easily make up for the installation costs with savings. Gas fireplaces don’t require maintenance as frequently as wood fireplaces. Gas may also be cheaper than wood, depending on where you live. Taking improved safety into account, gas logs are easily a worthy investment.

At Chimney & Dryer Vent Services, we offer a range of gas logs services in Gainesville, including installation and repairs. We can replace your old fireplace with beautiful gas log sets from Real Fyre. In addition, we offer chimney sweep, cleaning, and repair services in Gainesville.

Want to upgrade to gas logs with the help of local professionals? Get in touch now!

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Why Dryer Vents Must Be Vented Outside

Clothes drying machine

Traditional gas dryers used to emit carbon monoxide, which made it mandatory for everyone to install their dryer vents outside. Modern electric dryers don’t emit gases, so most homeowners have stopped setting up their dryer vents outside their homes. They mainly do this due to structural challenges or to make their home look more appealing. Regardless of their reason, running a dryer venting inside can lead to many health and structural problems.

Mold and Moisture

The purpose of a dryer vent is to transfer moisture from clothes outside the vents. When you place it inside your home, vents produce warm and humid air. This humid and warm air is a major cause of mold infestation.

This mold infestation affects the air quality of your home, can trigger allergic reactions, and causes major structural problems. Building materials like drywall, bricks, or wood absorb moisture from the air and start deteriorating. If your vent opens into your attic, the mold infestation will decrease the lifespan of your room. If it’s venting into the crawlspace, your floors will start to deteriorate. Either way, you’re risking the structural integrity of your home by venting your dryer vents inside your home.

Fire Hazards

Fluffy and dry lint inside your dryer vent is highly flammable. Even if your dryer has a lint trap, it isn’t efficient at collecting all the lint. When your dryer vent is placed inside, these lint particles will spread in the venting area. Any electrical spark or faulty wire will ignite the lint and cause a fire.

Although homeowners vent their dryers into water containers to contain lint accumulation, doing this can cause moisture and mold issues.

Poor Air Quality

The air that comes out of your vent is contaminated with dirt and bacteria, which affects the air quality inside your home. These vents increase the amount of lint and dust around the house. Despite being non-toxic, lint can aggravate breathing problems like asthma if inhaled.

Building Codes Require Outdoor Ventilation of Vents

The International Residential Code requires outdoor vents for all exhaust systems. If your building or region follows this code, vending your dryer inside can be illegal. This can lead to penalties or fines, or you’ll need to rebuild the vents outside your home.

All these reasons make it necessary to send the exhaust outside. This not only allows you to avoid all these problems but also offers efficient dryer applications. If you’re facing structural challenges installing an outdoor vent, you can opt for flexible pipes. They are great for small corners and do a good job sending the exhaust outside the home.

Bathroom interior with washing machine and dryer

At Chimney and Dryer Vent Services LLC, we offer dryer vent cleaning and inspection services. All our professionals are certified and experienced, and make sure your vents are free from flammable lint and other substances. We also provide chimney repair services. Contact us for more details.

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