The Advantages of Gas Fireplace Inserts
Are you looking for an efficient supplemental heating option? Is zone heating important? What about the environment, home décor and convenience? If you answered yes to any or all, you need to consider a new gas fireplace insert.
What is a gas fireplace insert?
As the name implies, an insert is a pre-made product that fits into a standard firebox. It’s very common for homeowners to put a gas insert into a current wood-burning fireplace to make their supplemental heating system more efficient and to gain other benefits that we’ll look at below.
Why is gas so popular?
There’s a long list of reasons why people love to heat with gas. One of the key advantages of a gas insert over a traditional masonry unit is that gas appliances come in a large variety of sizes and shapes, making them the perfect choice when adding zone heating to smaller rooms such as bathrooms and bedrooms.
More advantages of gas fireplace inserts
Clean burning: Gas appliances today are built to meet or exceed EPA standards for clean burns. That’s great for the environment. As for the firebox, gas is great because it doesn’t leave behind the mess of ash, wood chips, soot and partially burned logs that are everyday issues with a wood fireplace.
Lots of heat: A good gas insert will carry an efficiency rating of 65 percent to as high as 90 percent. That means much more heat will get into your home during use. (Masonry fireplaces often rate at 10 to 20 percent efficiency.)
Ease of use: Getting a fire started in a gas fireplace involves flipping a switch. Controlling the temperature involves setting the thermostat. People love gas because it means quick heat when they need it – and quick extinguishing when they’re finished using the unit.
Large heating area: Depending on the model, a good gas insert will heat rooms of between 1,000 square feet and 3,000 square feet. This makes them ideal for both the large room where an existing fireplace is located and smaller rooms that don’t require as much heat.
Versatile design: As mentioned, modern gas fireplaces are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, finishes and design touches, making it easy to select the perfect unit to add to kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and other secondary rooms in order to achieve excellent zone heating along with tasteful good looks.
Can I install my own gas insert?
Although inserts and fireplaces are pre-made and “ready to install,” it’s always best to not interpret this as a do-it-yourself project. Many factors come into play when installing any kind of appliance that creates fire. It’s critical that the gas lines are hooked up properly and that the unit is vented (if you have the vented variety) in accord with local ordinances and best safety practices.
Chimney Solutions of Alpharetta, Ga., provides not only expert installation of gas fireplaces and inserts, but we also perform complete cleaning, inspection and maintenance services for whatever kind of supplemental heating system you have. In our showroom at 1155 McFarland 400 Drive, you can see the latest and greatest gas fireplaces and inserts and get your questions answered. Pay us a visit, or reach us by phone at (770) 255-1300.