October 18th, 2017
Gas fireplaces are a great way to make your living spaces cozy and warm during the colder months of the year. They’re an energy efficient and convenient way to provide comfortable levels of warmth to specific areas of your home. But did you know that there are many different ways that you can control the operation of your fireplace? Depending on how you use your gas fireplace, you might want to consider upgrading how you control it to provide greater convenience and easier operation. Here, we will explain the most popular ways that you can control your fireplace. Let’s take a look!
Certainly, the easiest and most common way to control a gas fireplace is with a simple on/off wall switch, similar to those used for your light fixtures. These have the advantage of being the simplest to operate, least costly to purchase, and can be mounted virtually anywhere in the room. A quick flip of the switch and your fireplace starts up, immediately delivering warmth to the room. Unfortunately, they also have some disadvantages. If you happen to forget to switch it off, it will continue to pump heat in to the room, which consumes excess gas and can be a hazard if left on for too long.
Similar to the wall switch, using a thermostat to control your gas fireplace has the advantages of being able to be located virtually anywhere in the room, and simple thermostats are very inexpensive. Operation is a bit trickier than that of a simple switch, as you would need to determine at what temperature you want the fireplace to turn on and off. This may vary depending on the season resulting in several adjustments needed as the weather changes. In addition, if you want to turn the fireplace on or off at times that fall outside the set temperature range, the thermostat would need to be manually adjusted up or down. This essentially makes them function the same as a wall switch, if you simply turn the temperature up or down each time you want the fireplace on or off.
Some fireplace manufacturers include with remote control devices for their fireplaces, which makes it easy to control the fireplace from pretty much anywhere in the room. These devices allow you to control your fireplace using a variety of different methods. You can opt for a simple on/off control, choose a thermostat setting, or set a timer. Remote control fireplaces add a lot of convenience for you, as you no longer need to worry about having the switch physically installed on the wall in the room. Unfortunately, like with any remote control, you need to remember where you put it! Make sure you store the remote in a visible and convenient location to avoid misplacing it or losing it, and so that everyone in the family knows where to look for it.
Since virtually everyone has a smartphone in their pocket, and home wifi is as common as a home phone, it was only a matter of time before we started to see fireplace control apps! Of course, this control method requires a newer fireplace that can be configured to work with wifi-connection controls. Be sure to look for this in the feature list when shopping for a new fireplace, or ask the manufacturer if there is a kit available for your fireplace that would enable this kind of control.
Most major fireplace manufacturers have developed smartphone apps for both iOS devices and Android devices, you just need to visit the app stores to download it to your smartphone. Once you download the app, it’s a simple process to connect your smartphone to your wifi-enabled fireplace when you have it installed. Your home comfort installation team can assist you with this as part of the setup for your fireplace. Using these apps, you can turn the fireplace on and off, set a timer, or choose a temperature setting just like you can with a thermostat or remote control. The advantage of using a smartphone app is that you always have it with you, meaning you don’t need to worry about an extra remote control hanging around your living room that can get misplaced.
As you can see, you have many choices for how you control your gas fireplace. Some are inexpensive and simple, others are high-tech and convenient. Regardless of which control method you choose, we recommend that you have your gas fireplace serviced and inspected at regular intervals, just as you would any other gas appliance in your home. If you have any questions about the different options available for controlling your gas fireplace, or perhaps are looking to purchase a new fireplace insert, contact us today to speak to one of our home comfort experts. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have.