If you want to update the look of your hearth, an easy fireplace facelift is possible with a fireplace insert. Inserts also allow you to convert from one fuel type to another. At Tri-County Hearth and Patio Center, we carry wood-burning and gas fireplace inserts in various styles and designs. Both types of inserts are recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their energy-efficiency, so which type should you choose? We would like to tell you about the benefits of both wood-burning and gas fireplace inserts to help you make your selection.
BENEFITS OF WOOD-BURNING FIREPLACE INSERTS
- Clean burning and energy-efficient Burning wood can be harmful to the environment; however, today’s wood-burning fireplace inserts have been designed to burn wood more cleanly. With a 60% to 80% efficiency rating on EPA-approved models, these inserts give you the traditional fire using wooden logs without the guilt of polluting the air.
- Economical and time-saving Rebuilding a fireplace can be expensive and time-intensive. For a truly easy fireplace facelift, a wood-burning insert is quick and simple to install. If your existing fireplace is damaged or unsightly, you will not have to wait through the rebuilding process to enjoy a wood-burning fire if you have an insert installed.
- Stylish and attractively designed With a variety of style options ranging from classic to contemporary, improving the appearance of your fireplace is easy with a wood-burning insert. You can easily find a design to satisfy your taste and coordinate with your decor.
BENEFITS OF GAS FIREPLACE INSERTS
- Convenient and easy-to-use The biggest advantage over wood-burning fireplace inserts, gas inserts require nothing more than pushing a button to ignite a flame. Some models even come with a remote control, allowing you to adjust the fire from your couch. Another plus to a gas fireplace insert is not having to wait for the fire to burn out before leaving the house. You simply turn the flame off.
- More environmentally friendly than wood-burning inserts Although wood-burning inserts burn clean, gas inserts produce less emissions. Whether you choose a vented or vent-free gas fireplace insert, you will also experience greater energy-efficiency and lower heating costs.
- Equally stylish and attractively designed Gaining popularity, the style options of gas fireplace inserts have become as abundant as those with wood-burning inserts. From classic and elegant to modern and clean to elaborate and intricate, your design choices are truly unlimited.
While the benefits of both wood-burning and gas fireplace inserts are clear, you should consider one thing about both types of inserts. For safety reasons, the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends you have a new flue liner installed at the same time as your insert. Our technicians at Tri-County Hearth and Patio Center will custom-size the liner to fit the firebox of the insert, which will prevent various problems.
Ready for an easy fireplace facelift? Contact Tri-County Hearth and Patio Center to learn more about this economical and energy-efficient way to improve the appearance of your fireplace.