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- Fireplace FAQ, gas fireplace, Harding The Fireplace, pilot light, Summer Tips
A frequently asked question about fireplaces is whether homeowners should turn the gas pilot light off once it starts to warm up. It’s really just a personal preference and you won’t damage the fireplace either way. The final decision usually comes down to gas usage, residual heat and the possibility of attracting spiders.
Since there is a constant stream of gas to keep the pilot light lit—turning it off will save gas. You likely won’t notice a significant drop in your monthly energy bills, but many people prefer to not waste any resources.
The pilot light can produce enough heat to warm up the glass. While it’s unlikely to make a difference in your overall comfort—it’s a bit counterproductive to have the pilot light on while also running the air conditioner.
There’s a possibility if you turn the gas pilot light off, you could attract spiders as they are attracted to the smell of gas. Some homeowners have reported webs have prevented them from being able to start their fireplaces in the fall—but if you schedule annual fireplace maintenance—this shouldn’t be an issue.
In general, we suggest homeowners turn the gas pilot light off for the spring and summer months, but if you prefer to keep it on, you likely won’t notice any significant changes in your monthly energy bills or home comfort.
If you have any other questions about your fireplace,
don’t hesitate to stop by our showroom in Carp.
Harding The Fireplace has over 4,500 square feet of retail showroom space devoted to fireplaces and BBQs. Our professional and dedicated sales staff will spend time learning what products will best fit your lifestyle and will answer any questions you may have.