Inserts Can Help Energy Efficiency
While we all enjoy the beauty and sounds of a wood burning
fireplace, nothing compares to the efficiency of a gas
fireplace. They also provide a cleaner burning fire, they are
safer to use, and easier to work with.
The question I hear a lot is, "How can I have a gas
fireplace, mine is wood burning?"
Well, there is no need to rip out your existing fireplace
and spend thousands of dollars. The answer is to install a gas
In simple terms, a gas fireplace insert will fit inside your
existing fireplace and change it over to gas. You have the
option of installing it directly in the fireplace or getting a
ready-made factory unit.
As far as costs go, a gas fireplace insert can cost anywhere
from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.
The design aspects are numerous. These inserts can come with
brick and tiles already set in place, or they can be empty,
allowing you the opportunity to add your own distinct design.
To make things even easier, some units give the ability to
simply slide tiles in place without having to permanently
The biggest reason for installing a gas fireplace insert is
of course, the energy savings. While a wood burning fireplace
looks great, it is not efficient in heating a room without a
blower. In fact, they actually suck the warm air out of the
room and up the chimney.
A gas unit will allow you to add a metal grille to aid in
heating your room. If you only use your fireplace for an
occasional fire, you won't need a grille.
So, don't think it will cost thousands, or require you to
tear out your existing fireplace to change over to gas. With a
gas fireplace insert you can do it quickly and affordably.