Electronic Ignition vs. Standing Pilot Light
So which is better? Does it make a difference in how my fireplace operates – and can I still use it in a power outage?
Gas fireplaces have traditionally used a standing pilot light to ignite the flames. Because that system does not use external electricity, the fireplace works if the power goes out.
Newer generations of gas fireplaces use an electronic ignition system, requiring electricity to start up.
In the event of a power outage, though, these fireplaces will work on battery back-up so you’ll stay toasty warm!
Electronic ignition fireplaces save you the cost of running a pilot light 24/7, usually about $8 to $10 a month. An additional perk is that they may qualify for a rebate from the Energy Trust of Oregon and/or an Oregon Income Tax Credit.
So what about those of us with the traditional pilot lights? At this time, there is not a retro-fit electronic ignition system available.
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