Using Your Fireplace During a Power Outage
For homeowners across Canada, especially those in Ottawa, when the power goes out during the winter it can be a scary thought. If you suffer a power outage during the fall and winter, and you’re unable to heat your home, a fireplace can provide you with much-needed warmth.
In the event of a power outage, a gas fireplace is your best option for keeping your home warm. They don’t require electricity to power the pilot light so they can be a saviour during a power outage. You also won’t have to worry about having a supply of wood on hand or going out to chop more; all you need to do is turn it on and hunker down. Just be careful if you are running your gas fireplace for an extended period of time. Even though there are no open flames, the extreme heat can still be harmful if you touch it, or leave combustibles too close to the unit.
If you are interested in installing a gas fireplace, we suggest one of these extremely reliable options!
The Napoleon Altitude™ X 36 Direct Vent Gas Fireplace
It’s important to note that some of the newer gas fireplace we carry do require the installation of batteries in a case holder at the bottom of the unit to fire it up in a power outage.
Wood-burning fireplaces are a great way to heat your home as well, just make sure you have plenty of wood on hand, as well as fire starters. It’s a good idea to have some packaged quick light fire logs in your home’s emergency kit if you have a wood-burning fireplace. In the event that there is a storm that knocks out the power, it may be difficult to access your wood supply if it’s outdoors. Always make sure your chimney is open if you’re going to be using your fireplace because, without proper ventilation, you can get a harmful buildup of carbon monoxide and smoke inside your home.
Although electric fireplaces are aesthetically pleasing and help give your home an added boost of heat, they won’t do much for you during a power outage for obvious reasons. However, during the rest of the year, when you aren’t experiencing a power outage, electric fireplaces are a great way to safely increase the heat in any room in your home.
Do you have a backup plan?
Keep your home nice and toasty, even during a power outage, with a fireplace from Harding The Fireplace.
Harding The Fireplace has Ottawa’s fireplace needs covered with over 4,500 square feet of retail showroom stocked with the brands you know and love. Our knowledgeable staff is here to work with you and help you find quality products that suit your lifestyle.