Tips from Pittsburgh Plumbers on Selecting a Fireplace

Tips from Pittsburgh Plumbers on Selecting a Fireplace

Hire Certified Pittsburgh Plumbers for Safety and Comfort

What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you mention plumbers? Backed up toilets? Leaking water heaters? Busted pipes? Did you know that Pittsburgh plumbers are instrumental in fireplace installation and design?

Winter weather is harsh in Pennsylvania. Many homeowners choose to install gas fireplaces for extra heat, and to add ambiance to their homes. Proper venting protects your family from hazards by controlling the flow of hot gases produced when you burn a fire.

Regardless of the style of the fireplace you choose — direct vent, natural draft, or vent-free — you will need gas lines installed. Hiring a certified gas line professional to install your gas lines and supervise your venting installation is important to protect your family from preventable fires and toxic gas fumes.

Ask Your Pittsburgh Plumber About Fireplace Styles

Your Pittsburgh plumber knows which appliances are safe for your home. For example, some vent-free appliances are not suitable for use in small spaces or bedrooms. While they provide supplemental heat, most vent-free appliances are not designed for use as a primary heat source.

Natural gas fireplaces come in dozens of styles, colors, and sizes to help you add a heat source that complements your home decor.

Things to Know Before you Shop for a Natural Gas Fireplace

  • Freestanding units often look like traditional “pot-belly” Franklin stoves. There are traditional and contemporary styles. This type of appliance provides significant heat.
  • Fireplace inserts might have ceramic logs or briquettes that project the “look and feel” of a real wood-burning fire.
  • Vent-free models draw oxygen from the room. It is imperative to buy a model that has an oxygen depletion sensor. If the oxygen in the remove falls below a safe level, the sensor will turn off the unit automatically.

Talk to the Pittsburgh plumbers at Stahl Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning about fireplace safety before you decide which unit is best for your home.