Benefits of a Freestanding Fire Insert
No one can question the charm and allure of a fireplace. We gather with loved ones around the fireplace and enjoy warm drinks and share stories while cuddling near the fire on cold winter days and frigid nights. Whether you have a fireplace or a freestanding fire insert, there are many different furnaces that can keep your family warm.
But wood-burning fireplaces also require work and maintenance to maintain. Consider also that they offer a low energy efficiency and they begin to seem slightly less appealing. They can even be quite messy and challenging to clean at times.
All of this might motivate you to think about an alternative to the traditional fireplace in your home. Enter fireplace inserts. Fireplace inserts offer the beauty and charm of a wood-burning alternative while providing greater efficiency and less maintenance.
You can imagine a fireplace within a fireplace. This is an ideal method of upgrading your old and drafty fireplace into an attractive, energy-efficient heating solution.
6 Benefits of a Freestanding Fire Insert
More Affordable than Remodeling Your Fireplace
You could rack up thousands of dollars to renovate your older masonry fireplace. It can also take weeks or longer to complete the renovation work. Conversely, you will find fireplace inserts to cost approximately $3,000 to $4,000 to install.
The installation process is fast and simple as it should fit within the space of your existing fireplace.
Receive More Radiant Heat with Less Fuel with Fireplace Insert
When you have a freestanding gas insert, one of the main advantages you enjoy is its ability to keep your house warm and comfy while using less energy than a conventional wood-burning fireplace. There is also not as much smoke and pollution exiting the chimney with a fireplace insert, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Studies have revealed that more than 90 percent of the residual heat in a traditional wood fireplace is expelled outside.
Compared to a regular wood-burning fireplace, a fireplace insert provides a slower, more efficient burn rate, giving you as much as five hours of continual heat for your home. Another plus is that it consumes considerably less fuel and offers a heating efficiency of at least 80 percent.
A freestanding gas insert is composed of an enclosed combustion system, eliminating the possibility of drafts emanating from the chimney when you are not using the fireplace. You don’t lose heated or cool air from your home through the chimney.
Greater Energy Efficiency
As mentioned earlier, with a fireplace insert, you don’t lose hot air via your chimney as you do with a conventional wood-burning fireplace. Fireplace inserts warm your home more extensively and faster, as well. What’s more, an EPA-certified fireplace insert is as much as 50 percent more energy efficient than your traditional wood-burning fireplace.
You can cash in on the major energy savings with these fireplace inserts, as they will pay for themselves very quickly as you reap the lower utility costs. The superior insulation of these fireplace inserts keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler during the summer. In the meantime, you continue to experience energy savings throughout the year.
Think of fireplace inserts as similar to self-contained stoves, making them easy to clean and maintain. All you need to do is use a wire brush to eliminate residual creosote, dirt and debris from the inside walls and glass doors. Afterward, you empty the ash from the firebox. The freestanding gas insert is then ready to be used.
The upkeep for electric and gas fireplace inserts is even easier.
Less Maintenance Costs
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of fireplace inserts is how much cheaper they are to maintain than conventional fireplaces.
For one, repairs and replacements are typically less costly than the masonry work involved with a wood-burning fireplace.
Second, you rarely have any chimney upkeep or cleaning with fireplace inserts.
Finally, in most cases, there are long-term warrantees available that you can apply to the maintenance costs for fireplace inserts.
Available in Attractive Designs to Fit Your Home Décor
Fireplace inserts are available in a wide array of designs and materials, one of which is sure to match the style of your home. You’ll find that fireplace inserts can suit many types of motifs that could include a contemporary look or even a vintage style depending on the types of flames, burners and rocks you choose.
Tour Apollo Heating and Air’s Fireplace Showroom
We invite you to tour our fireplace showroom, where we have trained and friendly staff who can show you a wide array of fireplaces representing the leading brands and latest styles. You’ll appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of each of our fireplaces that we offer, along with the exceptional service that only Apollo can provide.
Our certified technicians will ensure that the purchase of your new fireplace from Apollo is one of the easiest and comforting purchases you will ever make.
Stop by our Fireplace Showroom and see for yourself how we can transform your home with a beautiful and functional fireplace.