Choosing the Right Fireplace Insert
Choosing the right fireplace insert for your home can be tricky, and there are many details to take into consideration when choosing the right model for your needs. Your preexisting fireplace shape, size, and location can influence the type of fireplace insert you choose. There are three main types of fireplace inserts you can choose from including: wood, gas, and pellets. Each of these fireplace inserts are designed to be an efficient heating source compared to a traditional fireplace. Many prefer fireplace inserts for their easy installation and cleaning capabilities, but the type of fireplace insert you choose ultimately depends on your needs. Whether you are replacing your old fireplace insert or this is your first time installing one, make sure you make an informed decision.
There is nothing more authentic feeling than a wood burning fire, which is one of the reasons many prefer wood burning fireplace inserts. There are several benefits of wood fireplace inserts, namely the fact that they are able to heat without access to electricity – which is perfect for those who live in areas that experience frequent power outages in the colder months. Wood burning fireplace inserts are also known to provide approximately 8 hours of heat per fire, which is perfect for all-day heating. They also must have their ash and burnt waste cleaned out quite often, making them higher maintenance than other types of fireplace inserts. If you are looking to heat your space while achieving a cozy ambiance, then a wood fireplace insert could be for you.
Gas fireplace inserts are often favored as one of the most efficient types of inserts on the market. They do require electricity to operate but their heat is produced through gas. Many of the newer gas insert models also come with remote controls to make it even easier to power on your fireplace insert and start heating your space. Because there is no solid fuel being consumed, they do not produce ash – meaning you do not have to worry about cleaning out an ash pan or cleaning out burnt materials regularly. Gas fireplace inserts are also one of the easiest types to operate, even if you do not have a remote control, they are still push-button operated, meaning near instant heating. However, there is still the drawback of many models requiring electricity to operate, however many come with a backup battery to ensure they can run in the event of an outtage. This can be a con for those looking to only use gas utilities or those who live in areas that experience winter power outages that could cut off their heat. It is also important to note you will need a gas line installed if you do not already have one, which can be costly depending on where you live. If you desire a convenient, lower maintenance fireplace insert, then a gas model could be right for you.
Opting for a pellet fireplace insert could be the right choice for those looking for a highly efficient heat source that produces a lot of heat with minimal waste. Pellet fireplace inserts burn a special type of wood-based pellet that is crafted to be efficient while still having a high heat output. They also produce very little ash, making pellet fireplace inserts ideal for busy homeowners looking for a lower maintenance option. Although there is still a fair amount of routine cleaning and vacuuming required to maintain the ash. Pellet fireplace inserts, however, are harder to find these days due to high demand. The fuel is easier to find but you will require a lot of pellets, especially in the colder winter months when you need consistent warmth. Pellet stoves require electricity to automatically feed the fire with the pellets you have loaded it with, meaning they are also not ideal if you are concerned about power outages.
Consider Your Home’s Needs
When choosing the right fireplace insert for your home, you need to take into account the size and dimensions of your current fireplace, what type of utilities you have access to, and the type of space you would like to heat. If you are looking for the highest heating potential and do not mind having a higher cleaning commitment, then a wood insert could be right for you. If you are looking for a highly convenient, low maintenance option, then a gas fireplace insert could be the solution. Pellet fireplace inserts are perfect for those looking for something in between: they have a burning fire while still being lower maintenance than wood inserts. A certified, experienced home hearth company like Energysavers can evaluate your space and needs and get you set up with the perfect solution for your home. Do not wait until you are out in the cold, contact Energysavers today.
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 store room 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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