Gas fireplace inserts are the perfect solution when considering upgrading an existing fireplace or where an opening and flue are already present. Traditional masonry wood-burning fireplaces are, by nature, not very efficient. “Here’s the thing—traditional fireplaces suck—literally,” Tim Reed, Hearth Expert at Fireside Home Solutions in Portland, Oregon, says bluntly. “They suck the air your furnace is putting out, and pull it right out of your house. Fortunately, there’s a better way.”


Benefits Of A Fireplace Gas Insert

There are many benefits of installing a fireplace gas insert that you should know about. Of course, the most obvious benefit is the energy savings. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association (HPBA), gas inserts have a 58% to 85% energy efficiency rating, which means homeowners will save a lot of money on their monthly bills by adding this insert to their existing fireplaces.

A gas insert will also instantly make the room look more elegant, sophisticated, and modern. Masonry fireplaces are beautiful, but there’s nothing quite like the look of an insert. Inserts come in many different designs and finishes, so you won’t have any trouble finding one that complements your home.

Once you have a gas insert, you won’t have to waste time trying to light the fireplace, which is another benefit homeowners will enjoy. Gas-powered inserts are turned on with a button and use fake, decorative logs (or specialized media) instead of real firewood. This means you won’t have to haul firewood into your home, set up the fire, and clean up ashes after you’ve finished using it.


Installing An Insert Vs. A Gas Fireplace

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you may ask whether it’s better to install an insert or do a complete renovation and replace the fireplace with one powered by gas. For some homeowners, it’s simply not an option to replace your existing masonry fireplace. Inserts are an alternative compared to a complete renovation. It is much cheaper to install an insert, and inserts give you many of the same benefits as a gas fireplace at a lower cost.

While Reed naturally loves the warmth, charm, and ambiance of a fireplace, he’s a big proponent of using inserts in that space. “With an insert, you can seal the fireplace and keep the air you paid good money to heat in your house,” he says. He loves to stand outside a home with an insert and check the chimney: “You no longer see smoke pouring out. You just see heat waves…and that’s a good sign.”

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