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Fireplace Inserts and Efficiency

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For various reasons, a homeowner may decide to use an insert instead of a wood-burning fireplace or stove. Inserts are a very attractive option because of their versatility, beauty, and efficiency.

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A fireplace insert is a manufactured appliance that can be installed into an existing fireplace, a prefab fireplace, or freestanding like a stove. Magic Sweep installs gas, wood, and pellet inserts. They’re often chosen because of their higher efficiency. Gas inserts are the most efficient, and are the most popular insert across the industry right now. They are even adequate for heating an entire room or section of a house.

Reasons You Can Benefit From a Gas Insert:

  • Higher Efficiency
    While gas log sets are more efficient than a wood fireplace, a gas insert is even more efficient. They use less gas to produce even more, steady heat.
  • Higher Heat Output
    If you’re looking to heat an entire room or section of the home, an insert is a good choice with a cost of about 40 to 45 cents per hour.
  • Versatility
    While gas log sets require a fireplace to house the log set, an insert can be installed in an existing fireplace, a prefab fireplace, or free stand.

Why the Gas Insert?

These higher efficiency appliances actually use most of the heat that is produced to heat your home. The appliance uses every bit of heat, and burns the fuel quickly and completely. In fact, gas inserts are marketed as the cleanest-burning appliances. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), when the heating appliance and venting system are properly matched, the draft will be appropriate to draw the vapors outside. It’s important for the insert to vent properly and effectively in order for it to be at the highest efficiency.

The insert can become less efficient and a host of issues can arise, including:

  • Damp patches on walls
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Blistered paint
  • White Stains on outside of chimney
  • Eroded mortar joints
  • Crumbling bricks

Keeping your gas insert at it’s best and highest efficiency means it is also the safest it can be. In order for the insert to be appropriately matched with a venting system and installed correctly, you should hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS). Only they know how to install your appliance according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). It is a chimney sweep’s goal to keep you safe and comfortable in your home.

At Magic Sweep all of our technicians are certified chimney sweeps. They are also experienced and trained in installing, maintaining, and repairing fireplace inserts.  In addition, they can help you match the perfect insert to your home. Ready to see how a pellet, wood, or gas insert can benefit your family and your home? Call a Magic Sweep chimney sweep today!