Is a Fireplace Insert the Right Appliance for You?
If you have an old fireplace that needs to be replaced, a fireplace insert could be the ideal solution for you. An insert is far less expensive than remodeling your home to include a new fireplace. And in spite of the fact that a fireplace insert saves you money as compared to a rebuild, you will enjoy greater efficiency and more with one of these smart appliances.
A fireplace insert is literally placed directly inside your existing fireplace. The biggest difference with an insert is that it comes with insulated glass doors that are self-cleaning and which allow you to watch the flames and enjoy greater efficiency in heating your home.
If improved efficiency is important to you, here are some statistics you’ll appreciate. Older type fireplaces typically have efficiency ratings of only 5% to 10%. This poor efficiency is caused by open combustion design which allows a great deal of air from the room being heated to be pulled into the fire, which results in a fast-burning, energy-wasting fire. A fireplace insert with an insulated, closed-door system, on the other hand, creates a slow-burning fire that generates more heat. This type of closed combustion system can generate efficiencies of 65%.
If you are concerned about your environmental footprint, you may appreciate that a wood-burning fireplace insert that is EPA-certified can reduce wood-burning emissions practically to zero.
If you go with a fireplace insert, you will choose from five different types:
· Natural gas
· EPA-certified wood
There’s a huge selection of styles and models to choose from when it comes to Fireplace Inserts. With the help of our Fireplace Insert experts, you will be able to determine with confidence which type of fireplace insert is the right one for you.
The fireplace inserts come in numerous sizes, but what determines the size you need is the opening in your existing fireplace. Our fully CSIA trained installers help you, to ensure that you get the size right. But what is measured, in essence, is the opening height, opening width, opening depth, rear width, and the depth of the hearth or area in front of the fireplace.
There are several features which you can opt to include in your selection of a fireplace insert. Fans which distribute heat into the room can be included. Thermostatic inserts are also available; these use remote controls to regulate the fire.
You can choose a style of a fireplace insert which enhances the room in which it’s installed. Whatever type of fuel you’ll be using with your fireplace insert, there are many beautiful styles to choose from.
The Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association (HPBA) and other leaders in the field recommend that only certified professional installers should install fireplace inserts. The professional will be able to properly assess the construction of the home, will make sure that you have all required building permits, and will install the insert in a way which meets all state and local code requirements. Perhaps most importantly, a professional will examine the venting system (flue and chimney lining) in place to make sure it is appropriate for the new appliance. They will also use approved insulating materials and install them skillfully so that the fireplace insert is as airtight as possible; doing this will make it easier to control the fire and will increase the level of heat output. The final step of the installation will be to properly adjust the appearance of the flame in a gas fireplace insert.
Of course, you’ll want to get your fireplace insert and chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional chimney sweep annually, the same as with your regular fireplace. There is a very wide selection of styles, facings and doors to choose from and we will help you pick just the right insert for your home.
If you are considering installing a fireplace insert please contact us for an estimate. We offer several major brands like Vermont Castings, Napoleon, Hudson River, Enviro and more. We also have the technicians on staff to professionally install your insert. All our techs are fully trained and certified by the CSIA.