Conventional, masonry-style fireplaces are exhausting! And not just a little bit. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a conventional fireplace exhausts up as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour. That lost air is replaced by drawing cold air in through doors and windows. So using a conventional, masonry-style fireplace to create warmth inside your home almost seems counterproductive. Updating your fireplace to make it more efficient doesn’t have to involve a lengthy or expensive remodeling project. The solution? It’s called a fireplace insert. As the name suggests, a fireplace insert fits directly into your existing fireplace and will transform it into an eye-catching, heat-producing home appliance.
The “before and after” photo above, courtesy of Heat & Glo, is helpful when trying to visualize the difference a fireplace insert can make. The homeowners upgraded their super-inefficient, outdated, brass-framed wood fireplace with a Heat & Glo Grand I35 gas fireplace insert. The insert and updated stonework, which was installed directly over the brick, transformed the room from circa 1975 to 2016 – just like that.
Fireplace insert are available in three fuel types: wood, gas & pellet. Gas inserts are the most convenient option. They do however require a gas line be run to the unit along with an electrical connection. Pellet inserts also require electrical power. If your wood insert has a fan it will need an electrical connection too. Interested in updating your fireplace? Check out Fireside’s fireplace insert catalog here and get a free quote today!