A fireplace insert is an easy way to increase the efficiency of your existing fireplace while at the same time enhancing its visual appeal. Fireplace inserts arent intended for whole house heating, but will add supplemental, zoned heat to your home. Most older fireplaces are only 5-10% efficient. This inefficiency is the result of an open hearth that produces only slightly more warm air than it consumes.
Weighing in at around 400 pounds, its no easy task moving the insert when it comes time to clean the chimney. This in itself is good reason to rely on a professional chimney sweep. Although theyre not easy to find, some fireplace inserts have wheels on the bottom for easier moving. You can avoid moving the insert altogether for chimney cleaning if you install a stainless steel pipe liner form the insert outlet up through the entire chimney. When youre pricing fireplace inserts, make sure to include the cost of accessories such as blowers, catalytic combustors and glass doors. Fro instance, you can purchase a wood burning insert for only $860.00, but the door comes extra, as in $200-$300 extra.
Fireplaces do not have to be installed in a concrete or brick wall with a chimney anymore with the advances of technology. There are now Free Standing Fireplaces that can be put just about anywhere that you want to put them. There are many designs, colors, and sizes to choose from as well. You could have a small fireplace set in the middle of your patio, or you could have a large all glass fireplace sitting in the middle of your living room. The sky is the limit when it comes to these types of fireplaces.
Fireplaces aren’t what they were a hundred years ago. Today you can have a fireplace anywhere in your home. For example take a look at these modern fireplace from Edilkamin. They come in different materials, colors and finishes to suit your taste. Three geometric designs, with integrated storage, which are particularly appropriate for a modern, spacious environment, are the Art Acciaio, the Art Wenge and the Kubik.
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