Despite the costs and other disadvantages, keeping the pilot light on has some advantages:
- When the nights are cooler, you have the option to heat your home.
- Keeping the pilot light on keeps spiders away from your home. Spiders are the enemy of gas fireplaces.
Spiders are attracted by the smell of mercaptan, a compound that energy companies add to gas. When the pilot light is turned off, spiders often spin webs inside the gas lines because they are attracted to the smell. If a spider builds a web inside a fuel line, it can clog the pilot system. If this happens, you will need to contact a professional to solve the situation. Be aware that this repair could be expensive, probably more than just leaving your pilot light on.
Each option has its share of benefits and disadvantages. It is up to you to make the final decision after reading the relevant information.
Remember, whatever you choose, good maintenance helps ensure the safety and durability of your device.