If you are looking for an environmentally friendly and cost saving alternative to your fireplace, consider installing a wood burning insert. The heat traditional fireplaces produce is only 5% to 10%. The rest goes up the chimney along with soot and other harmful combustion byproducts. Let's go over the many advantages of choosing a wood burning insert.
Wood is one of the most environmentally friendly fuels due to it being a renewable, sustainable resource that is considered carbon-neutral. Wood releases the same amount of carbon whether it's naturally decaying in the woods or burning in a hearth. For the environmentally conscious, it continues to be one of the most responsible fuel choices. Contemporary wood burning inserts are designed to burn up the harmful combustion by-products that a traditional fireplace releases into the atmosphere. These inserts emit less than 1 gram of smoke per hour, which exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency's clean air standards.
The same innovative design that reduces that smoke and emissions that an insert produces also results in higher energy efficiency. The dual combustion system within a wood burning fireplace insert is what generates a hotter, longer lasting fire. The improved venting system prevents this heat from quickly escaping up the chimney and the heat distributor fans push it into your home instead. With the right insert, you can easily heat a large living space. You will also be able to go hours without having to add extra fuel to the fire.
You'll be able to reduce your heating and cooling bills when you invest in a wood burning insert. First, your supply of wood will last significantly longer since one load of wood can burn for up to 8 hours with the right fireplace insert. Also, the increased heat output of an insert will allow you to effectively zone heat your home on chilly fall days and throughout the harshly cold months of winter. Along with these advantages, a fireplace insert will bring down the cost of heating and cooling of your home throughout the year. An insert will provide insulation in places around a fireplace opening when it is installed. This insulation will prevent cool air from escaping during the summer and hot air from leaking out during the winter. As you can see, installing a wood burning insert can have a big impact on your budget.
Reduced Maintenance Costs
While a wood burning insert will not eliminate the requirement for an annual chimney cleaning, it will reduce the cost of repairing and maintaining your fireplace through the years. When a fireplace insert is installed, the integrity of a fireplace is restored without the high price of rebuilding or renovating a masonry fireplace. Most fireplace inserts have a long-term warranty so that future repairs will be covered. Even after your warranty expires, replacing or repairing a damaged insert is usually significantly less expensive than repairing a masonry fireplace.
Stylish Design and Special Features
The addition of a fireplace insert can also update or improve the appearance of your fireplace. Fireplace inserts are available in a diverse range of styles. Whether you are looking for contemporary or traditional style, you are sure to find an insert that will complement your home. Inserts also offer features that you cannot get with a traditional fireplace such as a thermostat control, heat distributor fans, and self-cleaning glass.
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