Question: What did the elder chimney say to the younger chimney?
Answer: You’re too young to smoke!
Apologies for the cheesy joke to kick things off today. We just thought we would take a moment to insert a joke into our usual preamble, since today we are going to be talking all about inserting warmth into your home!
We think Gas Fireplace Inserts are an awesome option for any homeowner interested in improving the heating efficiency and attractiveness of their interior living space. Evidently, we get so excited thinking about these inserts that we start cracking cheesy jokes.
Let’s dive into how a Gas Fireplace Insert can offer real benefits for your home this fall.
How a Gas Fireplace Insert Works
A Gas Fireplace Insert is a fireproof box surrounded by steel or cast iron and fronted by insulated glass. The steel or cast iron traps the heat, which is then pushed back into the room through front vents. Logs included in the unit give the look of a traditional fireplace and are made of ceramic or ceramic fiber.
Although these inserts can be powered by means other than gas, this form of energy is extremely efficient. Gas Fireplace Inserts generate between 25,000 to 40,000 BTUs. You will be able to comfortably heat a medium-sized room without seeing a substantial increase in your gas bills. Models with a fan or blower on them will also need a small amount of electricity to work.
Gas burns cleanly, so very little maintenance is required once the unit is installed. The only ongoing maintenance you can expect is the cleaning of the glass door at the front of the unit.
Safety for your Gas Fireplace Insert is paramount. You must have a professional install the unit, as a gas line will need to be run to the fireplace. Two small, flexible tubes will need to be added for the unit to work properly. The first tube brings fresh air into the unit for combustion, while the second handles all the exhaust.
Homeowners with a Gas Fireplace Insert should have a carbon monoxide detector installed in their home. It can be difficult to determine if there is a gas leak in the unit, so this will ensure your family’s safety.
Why Your Home Needs a Gas Fireplace Insert
A Gas Fireplace Insert can effortlessly match any interior décor style. The insert can be added to masonry style fireplaces comprised of brick and stone. They can also be added to zero-clearance fireplaces, which means that they can be safely located close to combustible products.
While you are considering a Gas Fireplace Insert, take a walk through the Houzz gallery of design options for this stylish and energy efficient option for your home. You will find plenty of options to get excited about and who knows – maybe you will start cracking cheesy jokes about fireplaces right along with us!
Do not forget the importance of safety when it comes to the installation of your new Gas Fireplace Insert. Here at Applewood Air, we have over 48 years of experience performing HVAC installations, repairs and maintenance across Southern Ontario. We employ certified gasfitters, so you can rest easy knowing the job has been done right.
Give us a call today for an estimate on your next home renovation project!