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Can I Use My Fireplace During A Power Outage?

Can I Use My Fireplace During A Power Outage?

When your power goes out and doesn't immediately come back on, you might be worried about how to keep your home warm. This is especially true if it is the middle of winter and you are responsible for several children that need to stay warm. If you have a fireplace, you might be tempted to use it and have everyone in the house curl up in front of it for the night. Yet, is it possible to use your fireplace during a power outage? This seems like a silly question until you consider that there is more than just one type of fireplace now. Here's the rundown on which fireplaces are perfectly safe and easy to use when your power goes out.

Wood Burning Fireplace
A traditional fireplace absolutely can be used during a power outage. You will just need to make sure you have enough wood to feed the fire during the night. Until the power is turned back on, you will need to feed the fire every couple of hours. You may have a semi-sleepless night while you use this type of fireplace, but your home will be toasty and everyone else will sleep well near the fireplace.

Gas Fireplace
Gas fireplaces from Maple Air Heating and Cooling, serving the Greater Toronto Area, are wonderful to have. Your gas supply to the fireplace isn't contingent on working electricity, nor are such fireplaces frequently contingent on the natural gas pumped into your home. Some gas fireplaces may have their own gas tanks, making them very efficient and less costly to use. If you have a gas fireplace, the only thing you need to remember is to keep it lit while the fireplace is exuding gas so that you don't create a dangerous situation while you are heating the room or house.

Electric Fireplace
Unfortunately, this is the only type of fireplace that will not work when the power is out. The type of electric fireplace that needs to be plugged into the wall relies on regular power to run. The type of electric fireplaces that are hardwired into your home's electrical system also will not work due to the fact that it will also need active power. There are battery-operated electric fireplaces, but they generally don't produce a lot of heat or a lot of light without burning through batteries very quickly.

Fireplaces for residents in the Greater Toronto Area have been proven beneficial over the recent years. Residing in a climate that is unpredictable and often has harsh conditions, a gas fireplace from Maple Air Heating and Cooling, serving the Greater Toronto Area, will keep you warm and ready for those unpredictable power outages. A fireplace is great to have for your home year round because of the warmth and comfort it provides. If you have been considering a fireplace in your home, contact us today to speak with a representative.
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