Like most objects, it is guaranteed that turning off the pilot lights on gas fireplaces and furnaces can save energy and money. As your pilot light burns gas, it is already costing you a lot and can potentially eat up the surrounding area. This already suggests that putting the pilot light off is much more beneficial in the long run. Get in touch with a chimney sweep for guidance. For a clearer view, here are reasons for both options.
- If the gas company has a minimum monthly charge, it may be ideal to keep your pilot light on. Keeping your pilot light running is unlikely to burn enough fuel for you to exceed the minimum charge anyway.
- The cold weather often returns unexpectedly. Should this happen, you will want to relight your pilot light immediately so you can have easy access to heat.
- When the pilot light on a gas fireplace is left on for long periods of time without also turning on the fireplace’s main burner, a white sulfur-based film tends to develop on the inside of the glass. If it is not cleaned properly, it could become etched into the glass and it wouldn’t be safe. You can call a team for the chimney cleaning regarding this.
- On the other hand, when your pilot light is off, you save money and help to conserve energy. The constant use of gas to keep the pilot on is estimated to cost somewhere between $7 and $10 monthly if you are using natural gas and as much as $24 monthly if you are using propane.
For more information about chimney repair or if you wish to speak with experts in the field, call Batts Chimney Services at (205) 956-8207 in Jefferson County and (256) 660-1338 in Northeast Alabama. You may also fill out our contact form. We look forward to working with you.