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. So any heated air in the home is then drawn p and out of the house through the chimney. Consequently, forcing the replaced air to come in through your doors and windows. Using a conventional, masonry-style fireplace to warm your home almost is counterproductive. Updating your fireplace doesn’t have to involve a lengthy or expensive remodeling project. The solution? It’s called a fireplace insert. 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, is courtesy of Heat & Glo. This picture is helpful when trying to visualize the difference a fireplace insert can make. The homeowners upgraded their inefficient and outdated fireplace. During the remodel they decided to switch fuel types and went from wood to gas with a Heat & Glo Grand I35 gas fireplace insert. As a result they have updated the feel of the room from circa 1975 to 2016 – just like that! Furthermore, the updated stonework and fireplace insert were installed directly over the brick.
Fireplace insert are available in three fuel types: wood, gas & pellet. Gas inserts are the most convenient option. However, an electrician will need to make an electical connection to the unit in order for it to function properly. Pellet inserts require electrical power as well. 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!