What Can a Fireplace Insert Do for You?
Traditional wood-burning fireplaces can be delightful, but they can also be inconvenient and even dangerous at times. People sometimes wonder how they can go on using the historic fireplaces in their homes while maintaining a busy, safe modern lifestyle. A fireplace insert can be a great addition to a modern house.
What Is a Fireplace Insert?
When you install an insert in an existing fireplace, you are essentially turning it from a traditional fireplace into a self-contained wood-burning stove. The insert is a large sealed metal shell with a door at the front that can be opened to add firewood or clean the area as necessary. Many designs also include electric fans to increase burning efficiency. If a fireplace is no longer usable for burning wood, a gas burner can be installed in an insert to create a warm fire without using any solid fuel at all.
Benefits of Fireplace Inserts
There are many advantages to using an insert in your fireplace. Some of the most notable benefits are:
• Greater efficiency — you don’t lose nearly as much heat up the chimney!
• Less clean-up and maintenance than a traditional fireplace
• Increased safety, especially when children or pets are involved
• Protection from flying sparks and burning pieces of wood
• Decreased air pollution and smoke damage to household furnishings
• Much less air leakage when air conditioning is used during the off-season
With careful selection and maintenance, a fireplace insert can allow you to enjoy your fireplace in various situations with a minimum of fuss. They are a wonderful way to adapt an old-fashioned home accessory to the needs of modern living.
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