Fireplace Not As Efficient As It Once Was? Consider Improving It With A Fireplace Insert!

Not all fireplaces are built to equal standards. Depending on the age of your home and/or the overall condition of your fireplace and all of its parts, you could be sending some serious money right up the chimney whenever it’s in operation. It’s estimated that a typical homeowner sends upwards of 8% of valuable heated air up and out the chimney. If reading this sobering statistic has you even the slightest bit hesitant about using your fireplace as a heating source, don’t write it off just yet! The good news is: you can transform your fireplace into an efficient zone-heating marvel simply by adding a fireplace insert.

Why Should I Choose A Fireplace Insert?

An insert is the answer to making your old fireplace more efficient without having to rebuild it, and, most of the time, the insert can be retrofitted to your existing wood-burning fireplace seamlessly. Adding an insert will only slightly (in most cases) alter the overall look of your fireplace; however, it can take it from a net energy loser to a helpful tool in keeping skyrocketing energy costs at bay during the heating season.

A Few Things To Consider When Choosing An Insert

If you’re considering a fireplace insert, there are a few options available to you. Choosing the type of appliance that will best meet the needs of your particular application is as simple as deciding what’s most important to you:

  • Do you want to be able to burn real wood and enjoy the heat of a fire even if the power goes out? If so, a wood insert is the choice for you!
  • Do you want to be able to burn a bio-fuel (in an attempt to minimize your total carbon footprint) without the hassle of wood? If so, a pellet insert is the choice for you!
  • Do you want to be able to switch on fast heat in a particular part of your home? If so, a gas insert is the choice for you!

Because fuel prices are in a constant state of flux, any savings measurements are really just a moving target. Generally speaking, however, you’re looking at an annual savings of anywhere from $75-$250 when you add a new fireplace insert. While this may not sound like a lot of money considering the upfront cost of the insert itself, the savings can really add up over the years. Your home is an investment, and, as such, any decision you make should include at least a small measure of foresight – we’re here to make your decision an easy one!

Need some help shopping for your next fireplace insert? Give us a call or stop by one of our showrooms — we’re here to help!


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