Did your fireplace sit mostly unused last winter? Traditional open-hearth fireplaces can be a lot of work. They require stacks of wood, and fires have to be built, stoked and maintained. On top of that, they can waste nearly as much heat as they create. If you would like to turn your inefficient, cumbersome open-hearth fireplace into a useful heating appliance this winter, consider a gas fireplace insert.
Benefits of a gas insert
Gas fireplace inserts come with ample benefits. When it comes to convenience, a gas insert has a traditional open-hearth fireplace beat in every way. There is no need for stacking or storing wood or for building and tending a fire. The fireplace is ignited with the flip of a switch or the press of a button. It even can be wired to a thermostat to help maintain a constant temperature within a home.
Gas fireplace inserts also are among the most efficient heating sources. While a traditional, open-hearth fireplace sends up to 90 percent of a fire’s heat up the chimney, returning only 10 percent of the heat into a home’s living space, a gas insert can return up to 99 percent of the fireplace’s heat to the home. Because a gas fireplace burns so hot, they also burn very cleanly. They release virtual no fine particles into the air to lower the air quality in your home or in your neighborhood. Open-hearth wood-burning fireplaces, on the other hand, are known air polluters, releasing damaging fine particles into your home and into the atmosphere.
Gas fireplaces also are a great way to upgrade the look of your hearth. If your hearth is outdated or dilapidated, a gas fireplace insert can instantly improve the look of your home. The newest models of gas fireplaces are designed to realistically mimic the look of a traditional wood-burning fireplace, so with a gas fireplace insert, you can enjoy a beautiful fire with the flip of a switch.
Installing a gas fireplace insert
If you are ready to upgrade your open-hearth fireplace with a fireplace insert, start by calling the fireplace experts at FireSide Hearth & Home. We sell and install gas fireplaces from the finest manufacturers, including Quadra-Fire, Heat & Glo and Heatilator. We can help you select the make and model of fireplace that will provide the right amount of heat for your home heating need and fit your existing hearth space. We also will help you choose a model that fits with your home’s style and your vision for your hearth.
Because gas fireplace inserts fit within your existing hearth space, we can have your new gas fireplace insert installed and ready for the upcoming fire-burning season. Don’t let your fireplace sit unused for another winter; call FireSide Hearth & Home so you can hear about your gas fireplace insert options today!