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An Energy Efficient Fireplace Makeover

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
by Sherry Castaldi
Category: Home Makeovers

Turn your wood-burning fireplace into a high efficiency, clean burning gas heater.

Does the thought of another cold and brutal winter have you down? Do you love the idea of a warm and cozy fireplace to snuggle up in front of, but hate the idea of losing heat (and money) up the open chimney flue? Maybe it’s just too much work and mess to use a wood-burning fireplace anymore?

By converting your wood-burning fireplace to a direct vent gas insert you can have the look and feel of a wood-burning fireplace without the drudgery or the heat loss. There is no firewood needed, no unsightly firewood piles stacked outside and no ash to clean out of the fireplace.

Direct vent technology is a complete system where fresh outside air is brought in from an intake vent and the out-take vent takes 100% of the combustion exhaust and fumes directly to the outside. The vents can go up a chimney flue or straight through an opening 
in an exterior wall. The sealed glass face ensures that heat from the rest of the home doesn’t go up the flue like a traditional wood burning fire.  A built-in fan pumps hot air out heating the room quickly Direct Vent inserts have a 65%-95% efficiency rating and use natural or propane gas. A backup battery ensures the fireplace will light even during a power outage.

An electronic ignition offers you the ease of using a remote control to turn your fire on or off just as quickly. The thermostat control automatically adjusts the heat output to the temperature you set. A variable-flame and height adjustment allows you to determine if you want a small ambience flame to a roaring fire. The interior LED accent lighting lets you enjoy the look of the fireplace during times it may be too warm to actually light a fire.

Make the look of the fireplace insert uniquely yours by choosing from a variety of options to customize the firebox interior, the exterior face designs, and your choice of either logs, stones or glass chips.

However, please know this is not a simple D-I-Y project. You will want to work with a top notch qualified company specializing in direct vent fireplaces and inserts. Check your area for a company with National Fireplace Institute-certified technicians experienced with these installations to make this a seamless worry-free project that you will enjoy for years to come. Maintenance is as easy as an annual maintenance check-up from your installation company.

Here’s to staying warm by the fire this winter, no matter the outside temperature, with an energy efficient direct vent fireplace!

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