A fireplace adds a touch of coziness to your home. Nothing beats gathering around a warm, cozy fire with loved ones on a cold, wintry night. However, if you own an older fireplace that doesn’t operate properly, or is inefficient, you may be getting tired of all the work that is put into operating it as well as running up your fuel costs. At Northeastern Fireplace and Design, we have the solution for you. We offer a wide variety of fireplace inserts that are guaranteed to bring new life to your old fireplace.
What is an insert?
A fireplace insert is a heating appliance that is inserted into an older open-hearth fireplace. Basically, you are adding a new firebox to your older fireplace, giving it a new life. However, unlike your open-hearth fireplace, you can choose which type of fuel you would like to burn. Popular fuels include wood, gas or compressed wood pellets. Inserts are generally a lot more efficient than an open fireplace. This is because an insert consists of a steel shell that directs heat into your home, instead of up and out of your chimney like an open hearth system would do.
Inserts are a popular option for a lot of homeowners because they are easy to use and give your old fireplace new life. However, one of the greatest benefits of owning an insert is its efficiency. Inserts are constructed with a lot of insulation and are airtight, meaning that they keep a lot of their heat in the firebox longer. An open hearth fireplace will draw air from your home, heat it up and send that nice warm air out the chimney. However, an insert holds heat for longer and directs it back into the home. In fact, where most open hearth systems are only 5 to 10 percent efficient, most inserts can achieve 80 percent efficiency.
Inserts are popular with homeowners because it allows them to switch to a different fuel source if they would like. Gas and propane burning inserts are a popular choice because they are clean burning, which means they create less creosote buildup making them easier to maintain. Gas and propane inserts are also easy to operate, and only require flipping a switch to get a fire going. We also offer wood burning inserts. Wood burning inserts operate similarly to an open hearth fireplace, however, they are designed to burn wood more efficiently. A lot of homeowners prefer the authentic look and ambiance that wood burning inserts provide, making them another popular choice. Other common fuel types available include wood pellet and corn burning options.
At Northeastern Fireplace and Design, we want to bring new life to your fireplace. If you have any questions about what type of insert is right for you, give us a call at (518)-767-9314 or stop by our showroom and check them out in person today!