How to Know if It’s Time for a Fireplace Upgrade
Posted on December 2, 2021

With colder temperatures approaching, peak time for fireplace usage is right around the corner. Before having your first fire of the season you might want to consider upgrading your fireplace.  A fireplace upgrade can help you save money, increase the value of your home, increase energy efficiency, and update your home’s look. Before making this decision, you may want to ask yourself: what are the benefits of having a fireplace? Why should I upgrade my current fireplace? How do I know if I need an upgrade? What fireplace upgrade options are out there? We’ll answer all of your questions below, but let’s start with the benefits of having a fireplace. 

Benefits 

When considering a fireplace upgrade, you might want to consider the benefits of having a fireplace in the first place in order to determine which upgrade best suits you. A fireplace can turn any home into a more enjoyable and relaxing environment as it provides instant charm, warmth, and the pleasant aroma of a traditional wood fire. Not only do fireplaces offer comfort, but they are also an eco-friendly heating source as you’re able to use less fossil-fuel energy. This is because a fireplace efficiently and effectively produces heat throughout your home. Additionally, a wood-burning fireplace can work during power outages and can help lower your utility bills. 

If all this is true, then why should you upgrade your fireplace?  

Why You Should Upgrade 

Homeowners often consider replacing their fireplaces due to heating efficiency, outdated appearance, or safety concerns. However, one can reduce costs by simply upgrading their existing fireplace to make it more environmentally- and budget-friendly, rather than replacing it entirely.  

Upgrading your existing fireplace can accomplish the following:  

  • Reduces Energy Costs and Saves Money. An upgraded gas or wood fireplace could reduce energy costs by nearly $100 per month. A traditional gas fireplace has an efficiency level of 50-60%, meaning only about 50% of fuel gets turned into heat for your home. 
  • Increased Energy Efficiency. As opposed to traditional fireplaces, fireplace inserts have an efficiency level of 60-80%, meaning 80% of fuel gets turned into heat. Upgrading to a new efficient model will not only cut back on how much you spend each month for heating and cooling but also help save the environment.
     
  • Safer Home Environment. A properly installed fireplace can keep your home safe from fire hazards. In fact, Energysavers’ NFI Certified technicians know how to safely upgrade your current fireplace to an energy-efficient fireplace.
  • Increase the Value of Your Home. A fireplace upgrade can increase the value of your home by 12%, according to a study conducted by the National Association of Realtors. A fireplace immediately enhances a room’s appearance and gives buyers an emotional connection with the home.  

Is it Time for a Fireplace Upgrade? 

Now, it’s time to identify if your fireplace is ready for an upgrade. Ask yourself the following questions: When was the last time you did a fireplace maintenance checkup? Are you looking to lower your energy costs? Are you trying to increase your home’s value? Do you want an environmentally-friendly heating alternative?  

If you can’t remember the last time you did a fireplace maintenance check or are looking for an environmentally- and budget-friendly alternative, then it could be time for a fireplace upgrade.  

Upgrade Your Fireplace  

By now you know why you should upgrade your fireplace and have determined that it’s likely time for an upgrade, but what should you upgrade to? Energysavers offers an array of gas, pellet, and wood stoves and fireplace inserts that can help transform your existing fireplace.  

  • Fireplace Insert 
    Easily transform your outdated fireplace into an efficient, green heating powerhouse with fireplace inserts where up to 80% of fuel gets turned into heat. Upgrading your existing fireplace with a gas or electric insert is an excellent option since the inserts are fully enclosed, keeping flames protected and out of reach.  
  • Wood Stove  
    Modern wood stoves burn wood very efficiently and produce very little ash. These stoves are easy to use and require little maintenance. Wood is also a low-carbon source of fuel so your new stoves will be a great way to cut down on carbon emissions.   
  • Pellet Stove
    Pellet stoves can be made of cast iron, steel, or soapstone allowing for a variety of different styles to enhance your home. They are ranked high in efficiency, burning a small amount of fuel and circulating the warm air by blowing it out into the home from the heat exchangers. 

At Energysavers, we have a wide array of gas, pellet, and wood stoves and fireplace inserts to choose from, so when it comes time to upgrade your fireplace, contact us. To get started, call 603-279-7961 to schedule a free site visit or visit our showroom. 

About Energysavers, Inc. 

Founded over 40 years ago, Energysavers is family-owned and operated out of Meredith, NH. We are proud to provide quality, dependable pellet stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces, hot tubs, saunas, outdoor grills, and more. Visit the showroom and choose from the many models and sizes we have in stock and receive the best price and quality service. Call us today at (603) 279-7961 to visit our store or schedule a home inspection. 

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