Gas Fireplaces are a Hot Item

If you enjoy the warmth and comfort of a beautiful fireplace – but want to skip the chopping, stacking and smoke – check out the natural gas fireplaces at the Ultimate New Home Showcase™. These elegant fireplaces add grace and appeal to any home and provide a unique invitation for family and friends to gather around.

A gas fireplace insert can be installed in almost any existing masonry fireplace – so it always fits your home’s original design. The airtight metal cabinet becomes an efficient supplemental home heating system.

The fireplace insert is sealed to prevent heat from escaping up the chimney when it’s not in operation. You can use a remote control switch to turn it on – without ever leaving the comfort of your recliner – or use a wall-mounted thermostat so it turns on at a pre-set time.

An energy-saving feature available on many natural gas fireplace inserts can save you money and reduce your fuel use. It’s called an Intermittent Pilot Ignition or just IPI. Fireplaces with a continually burning pilot light can add about $8 to a monthly gas bill. With an IPI, the pilot burner is only present when the unit is operating, so the unit conserves energy when it’s not in use. A battery backup ignition system allows the gas unit to continue to work even during a power outage.

The National Association of Home Builders surveyed homebuyers and found that family and living-room fireplaces were among the top “must have” amenities.

If you come away from the Showcase with a burning desire to add a natural gas fireplace to your home, go to NW Natural’s website, at Watch our video and check out how more info about how to heat the room you live in most for about 50 cents an hour.