1. Determine fireplace’s main purpose: heating, ambiance, or a combination of both.

2. If you are looking to heat more than one room with a fireplace, insure there are designed heat runs for the unit. Without this option, could result in an overheated main room, forcing you to keep the gas fireplace off much of the time.

3. If heat efficiency is your main objective, consider a thermostatically-controlled

self-modulated fireplace. This way, the fireplace will automatically turn up and down while regulating the room to the temperature you desire.

4. Spend time with the sales rep going over the trim options, many times there are more options then are seen in the showroom. This will ensure you find the correct option for design of your home.

5. View the fireplace while the flames are turned on and off. It’s important that you are sure you like how the unit looks both when it is fired up and not fired up.

6. When selecting a heating unit, ensure you select the correct size of unit for the area you want to heat. A unit too large will often be off as it’ll heat the room too quickly, then shut-down. An area too large for the unit will leave the fan in the unit running on high not stop, creating some noise.

7. Determine how you want to operate your gas fireplace. Options include wall switches, remote controls, thermostats and manual operation.

8. If a gas fireplace is not an option, consider an electric fireplace. They are available in a variety of sizes, styles and trim options. They require no venting, so you can install them anywhere in the home.

9. Only purchase from a retailer who will install the unit, as installed can impact its overall efficiency operation and durability.


All fireplace types (wood, gas, electric, etc.) should undergo annual maintenance by a professional. For a gas fireplace, maintenance tasks include checking fan, pilots, and burners. Wood fireplaces require an inspection and chimney cleaning to remove creosote, which can build up and cause chimney fires. Contact Tintean to schedule an appointment.

Homeowners should also take a few proactive steps on their own to ensure greater heating efficiency and safety, and to prolong the life of the unit. Here are some tips:

• Vacuum the firebox and heat exchanger regularly (when the fireplace is cold) to keep efficiency and air quality high.

• Use a soft brush to remove dust or spider webs from gas logs. Make sure to position logs properly after cleaning to avoid sooting.

• Use glass cleaner made for gas fireplaces to clean the glass front – never use oven cleaner or abrasives.

• Consult a professional to clean the pilot assembly, purge trapped air from the gas supply line, and then test-fire the fireplace.