The Effectiveness of Fireplace Inserts


Fireplace insert effectiveness Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & ChimneyAccording to the National Association of Homebuilders, fireplaces are the second most popular home feature buyers look for. Because of this, adding a new fireplace to your home or updating an existing one can add value and help your home sell faster in the future – as well as keeping your family warm and cozy for years to come.

Benefits of a new fireplace insert

If you have an existing masonry fireplace, you may be losing as much 90% of its heat up the chimney. This extreme inefficiency can make it more difficult to heat your home as well as cost you more in heating and fuel costs. To combat this, consider installing a fireplace insert.

Fireplace inserts are easy to install, use, and maintain, and can help save you money thanks to their increased efficiency. Below are three of our favorite reasons to consider installing a fireplace insert in your home.

Improve efficiency

While open hearth masonry fireplaces are notoriously inefficient, inserts of all fuel sources have significantly high efficiency ratings. Burning with closed system combustion, inserts more effectively burn the fuel source and lose less heat up the chimney. Not only does this save you money on fuel costs, but it can also lower your electric bills. The Hearth, Patio, and Barbeque Association found that installing an insert in place of a masonry fireplace could reduce energy bills by as much as 40%.

Fireplace inserts aren’t just more efficient – they are also better for the environment. The EPA established strict particulate emission standards for all fireplace inserts. In order to earn the EPA certification – and be sold – inserts must create minimal amounts of smoke and other particulate emissions; by burning cleaner, fireplace inserts are often helpful for family members suffering from respiratory problems such as asthma.

Switch to a new fuel source

Installing a new insert can give you the opportunity to switch fuel sources. This is most commonly seen in homes that currently have a wood burning fireplace and want to switch to gas. In cases like this, installing a new insert into an existing hearth can help save money – while still giving you the fireplace of your dreams.

If you are switch fuel sources, your chimney may need to be relined. Because gas and wood fires create different byproducts of combustion, different chimney liners are needed; while wood burning fires create more smoke and creosote, gas fires create an acidic or corrosive condensation. Having the right flue liner can ensure your new fireplace is burning and drafting safely.

Find a fireplace that matches your style

Whether your home is rustic and traditional or has a distinctly contemporary look, there is an insert to match your style! With a variety of sizes and styles available, it is easy to find an insert that will seamlessly blend into your home’s décor. Likewise, accessories such as fireplace screens can also be used to add even more design to your new heating appliance.

Get your new insert before winter arrives!

There is still time to have your new insert installed before winter arrives. Whether you want to improve efficiency, change fuel sources, or merely update the look of your fireplace, a new insert will add warmth and comfort to your home this winter and for years to come. Contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today for more information on new fireplace inserts.