In our most recent post here on the blog, we talked about how DaVinci Fireplaces can integrate into your home automation system, which got us thinking about gas fireplace technology features. Like many other appliances and fixtures in homes these days, fireplaces can incorporate hi-tech, smart control systems, including remote controls and so much more.
Gone are the days of just having a basic on/off switch on the wall next to your gas fireplace (unless you prefer that, of course)! New gas fireplaces and inserts from many of our favorite brands here at LanChester—like Mendota, Lopi, DaVinci, Fireplace Xtrordinair, and more—are remote control fireplaces. Some can even be controlled by your smartphone!
Today’s blog post takes a closer look at a few of the smart technology features you may encounter as you shop for a new gas fireplace or consider upgrading the fireplace you already have in your home.
Remote Control Fireplaces
While it may seem a bit like magic to be able to press a remote control button to turn on your gas fireplace—much like you would your TV—we assure you that such amazing technology is the result of impressive engineering.
And, today’s fireplace remotes do more than simply turn the flames on or off. Most give you precise temperature control, allow you to command an array of accent lighting options, dial in the appearance of the flames themselves in the log set, and so much more.
Smartphone Controlled Fireplaces
You may wonder whether controlling your fireplace from a smartphone app is really necessary, but hear us out. Have you ever left home only to realize that you forgot to turn off the fireplace? With smartphone control, you can rest easy that you’re not wasting precious fuel while you’re not at home. You can also set a cozy mood for other family members who might be home when you’re not—from wherever you happen to be!
(Note that some fireplace control systems and apps are Bluetooth based, so you may have to be within a closer range to operate your fireplace. However, this can still be incredibly convenient—especially if you misplace your OEM remote control.)
Home Automation Integration with DaVinci Fireplaces
If you have a central smart home system with a serial interface from makers like Lutron, Crestron, Savant, and Control4, your premium fireplace by DaVinci can be integrated.
You will need to ensure that you are purchasing your DaVinci gas fireplace from an experienced and qualified resource, like us here at LanChester Grill & Hearth, to take full advantage of this kind of advanced feature.
Why Choose Smart Fireplace Control Features?
In short, choosing smart fireplace controls can save you fuel and money. One of the main reasons that gas fireplace manufacturers have chosen to innovate with high-tech controls is not just because it’s “cool”—smart features enable more environmentally friendly operation of gas hearth appliances.
For instance, Travis Industries, maker of DaVinci, Lopi, and FireplaceX gas fireplaces, inserts, and stoves has developed the patented GreenSmart® System, which includes components, controls, and technology “to provide an elegant, greener, and smarter way to heat your home.”
GreenSmart provides thermostat, fan operation, flame adjustment, and more from an easy-to-operate remote control, which works through a wall-mounted unit. But most importantly, it makes possible a “smart thermoset mode,” which will automatically adjust the flame height based on the temperature setting you select. The result is gas conservation and optimization of heating while allowing you to extend viewing time!
Other manufacturers are introducing similar smart tech into their gas fireplace offerings, as well, to make living with a fireplace even more pleasant than you’ve imagined!
Ready to Shop the Most Innovative Gas Fireplaces on the Market Today?
When you’re looking to up the convenience factor of your gas fireplace with better technology, LanChester Grill & Hearth is here to guide you. And our showroom is the place to see one of the most extensive fireplace galleries in America.
Stop by and visit us today in Gap, PA—or check out our 360-degree virtual tour here on our website! You can also schedule an in-home consultation to have our friendly experts come to you! Contact us today to learn more about how we can make any fireplace dream a reality, whether for your new outdoor kitchen or your cozy living room.