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All About Fireplace Inserts

Do you wish you got more heat from your fireplace? Do you have an outdated fireplace insert that’s inefficient? Does your open-hearth fireplace sit unused all winter because you don’t want to put the effort into building and tending a fire? Is your outdated hearth just plain unattractive? You could get more from your fireplace — more heat, more efficiency, more use, more style — with a fireplace insert.

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There’s no denying that traditional, open-hearth fireplaces are beautiful. They allow you to enjoy crackling logs and a beautiful, glowing fire. Unfortunately, open-hearth fireplaces are terrible sources of heat and can actually send more heat out of your home than they generate. While an open-hearth fireplace is burning, they’re only about 10 percent efficient. That means that 10 percent of the fire’s heat enters your home, while the remaining 90 percent goes right up the chimney. Even worse, when the fireplace isn’t in use, it can send a significant amount of heated air up and out of the chimney.

In the end, that means your open-hearth fireplace could actually be taking more heat out of your home than it creates. A fireplace insert, by contrast, closes off the chimney system. They return far more heat to your home — anywhere between 60 and 90 percent of the fire’s heat — and they don’t allow air from your home to enter the chimney when they’re not in use.

More Efficiency

Nearly all fireplace inserts are now EPA rated for efficiency. They are specially made to emit as little fire product as possible while returning as much heat as possible to your home. If you have an outdated fireplace insert, installing a new fireplace insert will lower your fireplace fuel costs, increase the amount of heat that’s put off into your home and decrease the number of fine particles your fireplace releases into your home and your neighborhood. While EPA-certified pellet and wood inserts are far more efficient than outdated, noncertified models, gas fireplace inserts are the top choice if you’re seeking efficiency.

More Usability

If you rarely use your open-hearth fireplace because of the work it takes, an insert could have you making use of your fireplace on a regular basis. Gas fireplace inserts allow you to turn on your fireplace with the press of a button, and they can be wired to a thermostat for automatic controls. Even a wood insert will require less tending because of its increased efficiency, and pellet stoves feature hoppers and automatic feeders, so you only have to load pellets once or twice a day to enjoy your fireplace.

More Style

An insert can automatically upgrade an outdated fireplace! There’s a fireplace insert to fit any style, ranging from traditional and rustic to modern and sleek. With a fireplace insert, your hearth can once again serve as a stylish focal point for your home.

If you’re ready to get more from your hearth — more heat, more efficiency, more use and more style — visit FireSide Hearth & Home today! We can help you find a fireplace insert that fits your hearth and your needs.

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The Benefits Of A Gas Fireplace

Approximately 70 percent of fireplaces are now gas burning. It’s easy to understand why! Whether an insert, fireplace, free-standing heating stove or log set; gas-fueled heating appliances offer homeowners with a host of benefits.

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If there is one primary reason homeowners choose gas hearth appliances, it’s convenience. Gas fireplaces, heating stoves and logs provide effortless flames. There’s no wood to haul, stack, or light. Enjoying a fire is as easy as flipping a switch or pressing a button!

Lower heating costs.

Gas fireplaces are the most efficient hearth appliance. They range in efficiency from 65 to 99 percent. This means the majority of the heat produced by the fire helps to warm your home. Because of their efficiency, gas fireplaces can lower your home heating bills by as much as 25 percent!

Temperature control.

One of the biggest advantages gas fireplaces have over their wood or pellet-burning counterparts? The ability to control the heat of the flame. With a wood fire, it can be difficult to generate the right amount of heat to create a comfortable temperature in your home. However, with a gas fireplace, you can control the height of the flame to control the heat output. Gas fireplaces and heating stoves can even be wired to a thermostat so the flames ignite, extinguish, or adjust automatically to maintain your ideal temperature.

Safer fires.

Gas fires are safer than wood fires. With gas fireplace, you don’t have to worry about shifting logs or flying embers. This could pose a burn hazard to people or pets who are too near the fire, or that could ignite nearby furniture or flooring!

Better indoor air quality.

When you’re burning wood in any form, the smoke that’s generated releases fine particles into your home. Even if your fireplace doesn’t seem “smoke-y,” the truth is that wood-burning fireplace increases air pollution in your home. Unfortunately, this can be bad for your health – and create complications for people with asthma, allergies, or lung conditions. Gas fireplaces don’t release pollution like their wood-burning counterparts, which means that opting for a gas fireplace or insert can improve you’re the air quality within your home!

Endless style options.

Because gas fireplaces require less infrastructure than wood-burning fireplace, they offer a greater variety of style options. In fact, gas fireplaces come in seemingly endless style options, from contemporary glass units with floating flames, to traditional masonry units that closely mimic the look of traditional wood-burning fireplaces.

If you’re ready to realize the benefits of a gas fireplace in your home this winter, now is the time to start exploring your options! Visit one of FireSide Hearth & Home’s three showrooms today to see some of your gas fireplace options in action. In addition, you can speak to one of our fireplace experts to help find the gas fireplace that’s right for your home.