You love everything about your traditional masonry fireplace except for its lack of heating efficiency. Although you enjoy sitting by the crackling wood fire and smelling the scent of burning wood, you are tired of your heating bills increasing each winter. Unfortunately, most of the heat produced in your older fireplace is going out the chimney, so you are having to use other ways to heat your home, which can get expensive. Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales can help you turn your traditional fireplace into a more efficient heating appliance with a new wood insert. We would like to tell you about the benefits of a wood-burning fireplace insert as well as the importance of having this heating appliance professionally installed.
The Benefits of a Wood Insert
Increase the heating efficiency of your home and decrease your heating costs
Since the average efficiency of a traditional fireplace is just 10 percent, it is easy to improve upon with a new heating appliance. You may be surprised at how much of an increase you will get from a wood fireplace insert. Newer wood inserts have a heating efficiency rate of between 65 and 80 percent! These inserts have airtight sealed doors and use fans to circulate the heated air throughout your home. They also use technology that allows wood to burn more slowly, which provides more heat. This greatly reduces how much money you spend to heat your home. You will not even have to buy as much firewood since you will get longer lasting fires with less wood.
Reduce the amount of pollution
Traditional fireplaces can release polluting emissions that can harm the environment, but the new technology used to build wood inserts not only allows wood to burn more slowly, but also much more cleanly. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) even certifies many models of wood inserts as clean-burning heating appliances.
Improve the decor in your home
You will have many different options of sizes and styles of wood inserts to create a more attractive focal point in your home. Whether you prefer a classic or contemporary look, Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales knows you will find the perfect style for your home decor.
The Importance of Professional Installation
Although you may think of yourself as a handyman, there is much more to installing a wood fireplace insert than just placing it in the fireplace opening. The Wood Heat Organization strongly recommends that you have a fireplace professional install your wood insert. Your old masonry chimney will be too large for your new insert, and to prevent draft problems, you will need to have a stainless steel liner installed with the insert that will provide a correctly sized flue for the appliance. This properly sized flue will make your wood fireplace insert work much more efficiently and safely than it would with the original flue in the chimney. You can trust our technicians at Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales to properly install your wood insert because they have been trained and certified by the National Fireplace Institute and the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
Want to learn more about wood fireplace inserts? Contact us at Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales to talk to our staff about how this heating appliance will save you money and increase the heating efficiency of your home.