If you've got a family member or friend that suffers from asthma or allergy issues, a gas fireplace can be a fantastic compromise that allows you the luxury of a roaring fire in the wintertime without the health issues that can come with it.

But before you decide to spring for a gas fireplace installation, there are a few questions you should ask yourself first.

What's My Budget? 

The first thing you need to consider before looking at all the different types of gas fireplaces on the market is your budget. Between the materials, labor, and installation fees that are associated with the new gas fireplace installation, you can expect to spend anywhere between $2,000-10,000, depending on your needs. Add in extra bells and whistles and you could easily double that price, and that's before you consider the costs of maintaining it in the first place.

What Are My Needs?

Are you wanting to use your gas fireplace installation for heating or mainly decorative purposes? If heating, you should be able to expect a significant reduction in your energy bill, but to optimize that even further, you could also install vents to other rooms in your house, like the bedroom. By figuring out what your specific goals are for your fireplace, you can work with the technician to make sure your gas hearth installation is as efficient as possible.

What's My Style?

Besides simply warming up your home, you should also look at your gas fireplace installation as the focal point of your home's design. For that reason, think about what the style is for the rest of your house. Are you more traditionally-minded, or is your home decorated in a more contemporary and modern aesthetic? The amount of different fireplace designs on the market is virtually endless, leaving you with a plethora of options with which to design your space.

Am I Selling Soon?

Though many people pay for a gas fireplace installation purely because they want to enjoy the space inside your home, others are considering it in order to boost the resale value. Considering nearly 70% of potential buyers say they would pay extra for a home that also has a fireplace, it's worth considering the investment. If you're not planning on moving anytime soon, you should also think about the cost of maintenance, as a fireplace that is poorly maintained or needs to be fixed can end up hurting you when it comes time for the other party to sign on the dotted line.