Living in New England has some wonderful advantages. We have four distinct and wonderful seasons – one of which is winter. Now it’s coming to that time when our customer traffic is picking up. People are thinking about heating alternatives, or just getting cozy around a fire with a good book and a favorite beverage.

When the cold invades, an increasingly popular keep-us-warm option is a gas fireplace or stove. These are more than warm ambiance. Gas is an economical, convenient, safe, efficient and clean source of home heating. Gas fireplaces are especially suited to urban and suburban living spaces. Designs range from contemporary sleek to traditional looks of cast-iron. With the variety of style choices, gas fireplaces can add beauty and elegance to a room while they also warm your soul and ease the home heating burden on your wallet.

Fireplace inserts are complete factory-built fireboxes with a glass face for viewing the fire. Gas has environmental benefits too, since it is cleaner burning than coal or oil. It is also easier to use in your home since there’s no fuel to haul in or ashes to haul out.Another benefit is that gas units are straightforward to install and need minimal service or cleaning. They help control heating costs by zoning heat. You can turn down the central heat and turn up the fireplace in a room you use most. Some units even have the option to heat multiple rooms.

When the electricity goes out, the gas fireplace or stove can still heat your house. And you can operate it with a switch, a thermostat or even a remote control. Curl up with that book and it’s better than TV.

For some ambiance and shoulder season warmth, there are also a number of outdoor gas fireplace options. Outdoor gas fireplaces come in sleek styles that can complement your outdoor living space, create a quiet retreat or a focus for entertainment in your own outdoor oasis.

Purchasing your gas fireplace is an important decision. The right choice can complement your décor, and provide years of supplemental heat for your home. Mainline Home Energy Services is ready to help you to make the best choice when it comes time to buy. We can also install, service and maintain your gas heating system.

There are plenty of options to suit your taste. It’s so simple and it will save you money. Place an elegant insert in your existing fireplace to watch the flames while increasing efficiency. Install a free standing stove in the family room. Or choose a gas fireplace for the corner of the bedroom, bath or kitchen – even over a counter. So get inspired. Enjoy it. Then adjust the flames to suit your mood as well as the weather.

Mainline Home Energy Services is your number-one resource for living in a safer, cleaner, more comfortable environment.

Mainline Home Energy Services covers Eastern Connecticut and South Central Massachusetts, including the towns of Tolland, Somers, Glastonbury, Colchester and Woodstock CT and Sutton, Sturbridge and Longmeadow MA.