Did your wood-burning fireplace sit unused this winter because you didn’t want to deal with the work that goes into procuring the wood, hauling the wood and building a fire? You could get more use — and more heat — from your fireplace by installing a gas fireplace insert. You also could get lower home-heating bills and a more beautiful fireplace.
Use your fireplace with ease
For homeowners with an unused wood-burning fireplace, the biggest benefit of a gas fireplace insert is having an easy-to-use source of ambiance and heat. Your gas insert can be turned on and off with a switch or with a remote. Most gas fireplaces also allow you to control the height and heat output of a flame; they also can be wired to thermostats so you can use your gas insert to heat your home’s main living spaces to a precise temperature. The only regular maintenance your gas fireplace insert will require is an annual cleaning, inspection and tune up by a certified fireplace technician.
Get more heat from your fireplace
Convenience isn’t the only thing you’ll gain from a gas fireplace insert; you’ll also get more heat from your fireplace. While an open-hearth wood fireplace will only return about 10 percent of the fire’s heat to your home’s living spaces, a gas fireplace insert can return between 75 and 99 percent of the fire’s heat to your home.
Lower your home-heating bills
Installing a gas fireplace insert can save you money on your home heating bills, up to 25 percent, in fact. That’s because, along with their increased efficiency, a gas fireplace installed in a main living space in your home can allow you to focus your heating resources on the rooms you spend the most time in. If your gas insert is hooked to a thermostat, you can set the temperature in your living space to a comfortable temperature and turn the thermostat for the rest of the house down while you aren’t using those rooms. Additionally, gas fireplace inserts are closed systems. With a wood-burning fireplace, you lose heat from your home up the chimney when the fireplace isn’t in use, and cold drafts can be forced down the chimney on windy days.
Improve the look of your fireplace
If your fireplace has started to look dated or has begun to show wear, a gas fireplace insert could give your hearth a facelift. Gas fireplace inserts are a great way to instantly improve the look of your hearth, and with styles that range from traditional — closely mimicking the look of wood-burning fireplaces — to contemporary, you are sure to find a gas fireplace insert that fits your style.
If you are ready to make your fireplace more usable, more efficient and more attractive by upgrading your hearth with a gas fireplace insert, stop by the London Chimney Services showroom to see some of the beautiful gas inserts we offer and have your questions answered by our experts.