Learning About Residential Furnaces

Fireplace Inserts Can Deliver Comfort And Class

What are you looking for in your fireplace installation? Wood fireplaces are a great touch of class and a gaze into the classic era of the modern home, but the waste that comes from burning logs, routing smoke through a chimney, and cleaning the entire system can be a pain.

The best gas fireplace insert should be able to take most, if not all, of the fireplace's features into the future. Burning wood can be replaced with fueled flame, the billowing smoke can be turned into safely ventilated emissions, and the heat can be retained behind glass or metal mesh. Here are a few details about fireplace inserts to help you understand your investment in comfort and hearth-styled culture.

Proving Fireplace Insert Potency

Fireplace insert emissions are tested by using sensors that detect carbon monoxide and the byproducts from specific fuel types.

Byproducts are not the only risk when testing air quality. Fuel leaks can occur when fuel supplies are not connected properly, so testing for fuel leaks is necessary to protect your health and to save you money, since wasted fuel is lost heat and lost money.

Heat performance testing involves measuring the temperature at different intensity levels within the fireplace insert's effective area. Every model will have a specific effective area, such as 500 or 1,000 feet. 

The time it takes for a specific area to reach a target temperature, along with how long that area stays heated once the fireplace is turned off, is vital to making sure that your products are reaching the performance level set forth by manufacturers in their labs and in advertisements.

Advantages Of A Gas Fireplace Insert

Traditional fireplaces are only 15% efficient when burning wood, which is almost nothing compared to a boiler or an air conditioning system.

Fireplace inserts are a massive leap in efficiency while keeping the ambiance that comes from a burning fire. You get a lot more heat without losing energy due to the materials in use and the sealed, or at least well-guided, container.

The efficiency of a fireplace insert can exceed 80%. You also don't need to use burning, smoke-releasing fuels, so there's no need to add an actual chimney. A decorative chimney can be used for the aesthetic effect, but you won't have to deal with heat loss or possible vermin entry caused by a large opening to the roof.

Vented systems also don't need to reach the roof. If you choose a high-powered fireplace insert that uses a vent, a sealed exhaust vent can go to the side of the building and terminate with a decorative end piece if you'd like.

Contact a fireplace installation professional to discuss inserts, full fireplaces with chimney stacks, and other heating options.