Improve Efficiency With a Fireplace Insert

A fireplace is often a big selling point for homeowners in the real estate market. Sometimes, buyers are lucky enough to find a home with a fireplace in good condition that requires little to no repairs. But then there are those times when the home is great, but the fireplace needs a ton of work to get back its glory days.

You love the home so you make an offer, but you can’t stop thinking about what to do with the fireplace – should you tear it down and rebuild it? That’s a huge expense on the heels of buying a home. Should you seal it off and give up the fireplace dream completely? You can’t even think about it because that’s one of the things you loved most about the home.

Well, Smalling Masonry has the perfect solution for you – a fireplace insert.

What Is a Fireplace Insert?

A fireplace insert is exactly what it sounds like – a closed-combustion firebox that is designed to fit within an existing fireplace opening. Inserts are usually steel or cast iron and the front of the box is a self-cleaning insulated glass. Your fireplace gets a whole new look and you get more improved heat output – all without compromising the look and setup of your current system.

 What are different fuel options for fireplace inserts?

There are several fireplace inserts available depending on your preferred fuel source.

  • Wood. Wood-burning inserts offer the look, feel, and ambiance of a traditional masonry fireplace, empowering you to maintain that classic aesthetic – just with heightened efficiency and more heat output.
  • Gas. If you want to move away from the work and stress of wood-burning setups, a more convenient-to-use gas insert might be a suitable option for your home. You will need to run a gas line to your existing firebox if you opt for this insert.
  • Electric. Electric inserts are the most eco-friendly, low-cost option since they don’t burn any fuel. They produce zero emissions or harmful byproducts and don’t require venting. If you live in an area with restrictive building codes and laws, an electric insert may be the way to go. The downside of an electric insert is that there isn’t any open flame, so it’s a bit less authentic.
  • Pellet. These inserts are similar to wood inserts but instead of using regular firewood, they use pellets that have been crafted from compacted sawdust and wood waste. They’re also easier to operate, while still getting that wood-burning vibe.
A gray stone fireplace decorated for Christmas with garland and a stocking. There is a miniature Santa and a painting of santa on the mantel.

What Are the Benefits of Choosing a Fireplace Insert?

If you’re still on the fence about making the switch to a fireplace insert, here are a few facts to keep in mind.

They’re More Efficient

Fireplace inserts are known to give off better heat when professionally installed and regularly maintained. It’s possible that an insert can be your primary heating source for your entire home, depending on the size of your house.

They’re Better for the Environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers several certified fireplace inserts. These products have been tested and are proven to give off less emissions than traditional open wood fireplaces. In fact, electric fireplace inserts give off zero emissions.

They Can Lower Your Utility Bill

Fireplace inserts are designed to minimize heat loss while maximizing heat output. If you have to run fewer heating appliances in the cold months, your utility bills will reflect that change.

Ready To Make the Switch? Call Us Now

You’ve thought about it. You’ve weighed the pros and cons. And you’ve decided that a fireplace insert is the right choice for your home. Congratulations! Now let our team do the heavy lifting. Call Smalling Masonry to set up an appointment for your fireplace insert installation now. Our technicians are knowledgeable and ready to give you the home you deserve.

Reach out to us online or call us at 317-903-8121.