Gas fireplaces are convenient, easy to operate, and a beautiful addition to any home. They are an amazing option if you want something low maintenance. Gas fireplaces will not produce any smoke or embers because there is nothing physically burning. This makes them extremely popular among families with small kids or pets.
While there are many positives to installing a gas fireplace, there are also negatives that need to be acknowledged. Right now, gas can be very pricey, so if you plan on using your fireplace as the primary source of heat for your home it may not be the best option for you. Real wood fireplaces also burn hotter, which could be a pro or a con depending on you as an individual. Being able to control how much heat is being put out would be a benefit to some! Last, much like keeping up with chimney maintenance to prevent a chimney fire, keep a close eye on all gas lines. Natural gas can be deadly if a problem goes unnoticed, however with proper care you should have nothing to worry about.