A damaged, out of date, or aging fireplace can date your interior design and bring down your home’s resale value. As fireplaces are consistently ranked as one of the most important features a home can have, having a working and updated heating appliance can make a major difference.
If you love having a fireplace – but hate the one you currently have in your home – a new fireplace insert may be able to help. Fireplace inserts are energy efficient heating appliances that can often be installed into existing hearths, making them an easy way to completely change the look and feel of your fireplace. With choices in fuel type, style, and size, there is a fireplace insert for every home and family!
All about inserts
Fireplace inserts are heating appliances that burn using closed circuit combustion. This type of combustion system allows all fuel sources – including wood, gas, and pellets – to burn completely and efficiently. Because of their design, fireplace inserts can be easily installed into existing masonry fireplaces, making them an ideal choice for homes with inefficient or drafty fireplaces. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association’s, installing a fireplace insert into a masonry fireplace can reduce energy bills by as much as 40% by improving efficiency.
Benefits of upgrading to a fireplace insert
A fireplace insert is a cost-efficient way to upgrade your existing heating appliance. There are a number of reasons to consider retrofitting your fireplace to an efficient insert; below are three benefits of fireplace inserts.
- Increased efficiency. New fireplace inserts are more energy efficient than virtually any other heating appliance. If you have an open hearth fireplace, the energy savings will be substantial; with a closed system, significantly less heat will be lost up the chimney. Even those who already have gas fireplaces or other inserts will notice an improvement in energy efficiency in newer models.
- Environmentally friendly. All new fireplace inserts are regulated by the EPA and are required to meet certain environmental standards. The closed system combustion used by fireplace inserts produces little to no air pollution and particulate emissions. Not only is this good for the environment, but it can also be helpful for family members with respiratory problems such as allergies or asthma.
- Variety of choices. There is no one style of fireplace insert. Inserts are available in a variety of fuel choices including gas, wood, pellets, and coal. Likewise, with a wide range of sizes and aesthetic styles homeowners can find the perfect insert for any home whether your style is rustic country or city chic.
Whether your fireplace burns inefficiently, is out of style, or the fuel source doesn’t fit your lifestyle needs, a fireplace insert can solve your heating appliance problems. Having a new insert installed now can make over your fireplace and have it ready for use when temperatures drop this fall. For more information on making over your fireplace, contact ChimneyTEK today!