Natural Gas Fireplaces
energy-efficient than wood-burning
To help heat or add charm to an individual
room, you can install a natural gas fireplace. You'll soon
discover your natural gas fireplace is:
- more energy-efficient than a
- reduces pollutant emissions
- has instant on/off ability
that makes it convenient to use
Shopping for a natural gas fireplace?
When it comes to choosing a new natural gas fireplace,
remember, not all units are created equally. Some units are more energy
efficient than others. You might be thinking “how can I tell the difference”
and there’s an easy answer.
- Check for the EnerGuide
label in the manufacturers product literature.
- The EnerGuide rating will
help you easily compare fireplace to fireplace to see which is more
energy efficient. You can find this label in fireplace promotional
materials, such as sales brochures, or on websites. It is not normally
placed on the fireplace. Visit the
NRCan website for a complete listing of fireplace efficiency ratings,
or ask the sales representative at your local fireplace retailer for
- Generally speaking, natural
gas fireplaces range in efficiency from about 20% to 70%. By choosing a
higher percentage rating you’ll enjoy more energy savings.
- All natural gas fireplaces
sold in Canada must be tested for their energy efficiency using the
Canadian Standards Association CSA-P.4.1-02 standard.
- After testing, each
fireplace is given a “fireplace efficiency” or FE rating. FE is a
measure of a fireplace's energy efficiency performance over an entire
heating season and is expressed as a percentage The FE rating is a more
accurate measurement of fireplace energy efficiency compared to simply
calculating how much fuel the unit would use annually. The FE rating is
the only recognized measurement of vented gas fireplace energy
efficiency in Canada.
EnerGuide Label for Natural
For more information on the EnerGuide Label for Gas
What size fireplace do you need?
Fireplaces, like rooms, come in many
different sizes. A fireplace that’s too big for your room will produce too
much heat and will be waste energy. The right size fireplace equals an
energy efficient fireplace. Bring your room measurements to the fireplace
showroom and let your dealer help you make the right choice.
Congratulations, you already have a natural
Follow these easy energy
saving tips and your fireplace will be both beautiful and beautifully
- use energy wisely by running
your natural gas fireplace when you’re in the room, but turn it off when
you leave the room
- turn down your home’s main
thermostat if possible when the fireplace is operating
- if your fireplace has a
thermostat, keep it at the lowest setting possible when not in use
- the heat in your fireplace
is maximized when the glass is kept clean
- turn your pilot light off
during the summer or during long periods in the winter when you are not
using your fireplace
- have your fireplace serviced
regularly to keep it burning efficiently
Section Five of our Wise Energy Guide provide more detailed
information about equipment options, simple ways to cut down
your heating costs, and some dangers of not caring for your