5 Benefits of Switching to a Fireplace Insert
Are you facing expensive repairs to your fireplace, or does it need to be completely rebuilt? You could install a fireplace insert instead and end up just as happy with the results as if you spent much more on a rebuild. Check out the following five compelling benefits of installing a fireplace insert.
1- Beats the Cost of Masonry Repairs by a Large Margin
If you’ve obtained an estimate on the cost of renovating or rebuilding your fireplace and chimney, you already know that it can make a sizeable dent in your bank account. The structural work that’s involved can cause a serious disruption in day-to-day life for a while, too. The purchase and installation of a fireplace insert, on the other hand is quick, easy, and much more affordable.
2- Greatly Improves Fireplace Efficiency
Don’t be fooled by the simple convenience of installing a fireplace insert because the impact of this appliance is huge. While the efficiency rating of an old-fashioned fireplace is only about 5% to 10%, fireplace inserts achieve efficiencies as high as 65%. The reason for this vast improvement is two-fold. First, open combustion design allows a lot of the air from the room being heated to be pulled into the fireplace; this results in a fast-burning fire that wastes a lot of energy. Secondly, the fireplace insert is a closed-door, insulated system which creates a fire that burns slowly and generates more heat.
3- Reduces Your Carbon Footprint
It’s possible for EPA-certified wood-burning fireplaces to reduce practically to zero the emissions produced by wood-burning. And did you know that the Carbon Trust recognizes burning wood as “carbon neutral?” The fact is that wood releases the same amount of carbon, whether the logs decay naturally or whether they are burned in a fire. And not only is burning firewood affordable as compared with other heating sources, wood is sustainable and renewable.
4- Many Stylish Designs are Available
There’s no need to sacrifice aesthetics when you choose to install a fireplace insert. You can choose from a huge variety of beautiful styles and models. Let one of our chimney & fireplace professionals help you to ensure that you get an insert that’s the correct fit for your existing fireplace.
There are various features to choose from among available fireplace inserts, as well. You can get an insert which includes fans that will distribute heat and/or thermostatic inserts which will allow you to regulate the fire by remote control.
5- Different Choices in Heat Sources
Unlike open fireplaces, you can choose from all of the following fuel sources to use with your fireplace insert:
• Natural gas
The type of heat source that is right for your depends on your personal preferences.
Whatever type of fireplace insert you may choose, many people in the industry, such as the Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association (HPBA), recommend that the appliances only be installed by professional installers. This will ensure that the appliance meets all code requirements, is as airtight as possible, and is safe to operate.
Many people have a fireplace insert installed not because their chimney needs repair but simply because they want to heat their homes more efficiently. Have you given much consideration to installing a fireplace insert? Contact us about any questions you may have about this outstanding appliance and for our recommendations on which style and model to choose.
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