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Stay Warm and Cozy With a Gas Insert

Though the holidays have passed, we’re finally experiencing winter in much of the US. Many homeowners are watching their utility bills rise during these last cold months of winter and wondering what exactly can be done. There is hope for your heating bill, and even an answer for your chilly nights. You can stay cozy and warm when you add a gas insert. They’re beautiful and stylish, warm and efficient, and can be installed anywhere. That’s right. You don’t need a chimney construction for this one.

 

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When you choose a gas insert, you can choose from a variety of styles. These inserts are fueled by gas, but retain the look of the classic wood-burning fire with a fire-viewing window and ceramic logs in your fire. Regency gas fireplaces are manufactured with incredible attention to detail–right down to the realistic cracks and features on the logs. These units are available in traditional styles as well as contemporary. Choose the facing and doors you like, as well as the shape and size.

 

Easy Installation

Gas inserts are cost-effective. You can have a gas insert retrofitted directly into your existing fireplace, using it solely, and avoiding a costly firebox rebuild. The installation itself is less involved than a construction or rebuild, however, it still must be completed by a professional. When you choose gas, you can have an insert installed in your firebox, or you can choose a direct vent gas insert which can be installed anywhere- any room, any space, any size.

 

Direct Vent

Direct vent gas inserts  can be installed anywhere that a vent can be directed through a wall or roof. They do not require a chimney whatsoever, and require only one pipe where air intake and exhaust are both carried. Your direct vent insert doesn’t use any air from inside the home, so it doesn’t affect other appliances, does not bring a draft, does not waste any heat up a chimney, and can be used perfectly when your central heat is in use. The direct vent gas insert is of the highest efficiency, and is a growing favorite among homeowners, businesses, and even the hospitality industry, being installed in cabins and inns across the country.

 

Convenience of Gas

Your gas fireplace can be exactly what you choose, can be installed anywhere, and offers a convenience that is unrivaled by other fire units. There’s really no reason not to choose a gas fireplace. There will be no cutting, storing, carrying, or lighting firewood when you choose a gas fireplace. Your gas insert will have a switch for ignition, so no need for matches or kindling. Many models even have a remote control so that you can light your fire from across the room, as well as precise temperature control. Because gas fires are so efficient, you will require less routine maintenance as well.

To find out if a new gas insert is logical for you, check out this House Logic article.

You can find the best products on the market at The Cozy Flame, and we can help you set up your installation as well. Call 203-283-4459 or stop by the showroom at 116-Q Research Drive.

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Thinking of Converting to a Gas Insert?

There are many reasons to convert to gas. Your wood fireplace or insert may be costing you too much–in wood, energy, and time. Maybe you are looking to sell or refinance your property. Upgrading your fireplace is one way to bring up your property value with little work. Some homeowners may just want to convert to gas because of the many benefits of gas as well as the versatility of style available in gas models. During a remodel is a great time to convert to a gas insert.

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Gas is the most efficient form of heat appliances on the market. These gas products are considered low maintenance and are convenient, usually with a push button start. Gas burns cleanly, minimizing pollution and waste while maximizing heat. They are versatile and independent of your home’s utilities. That means that when your electricity is out, your fire can still burn.

Converting to Gas

If you’re thinking of converting to gas, you have options.

  • If your chimney is in good shape, you can choose a B-vent gas insert to be installed directly into your masonry firebox. The insert will need to vent by way of the existing chimney so it should be appropriate for gas appliances. Your chimney sweep will inspect your existing chimney to make sure it is can be used for gas and that the liner is in good shape. If it isn’t, it will need to be repaired or replaced before you can benefit from a new gas insert.
  • If your chimney is in poor shape, or if you don’t have a chimney, you can still choose a gas insert. Direct-vent gas inserts can be installed anywhere, as long as they can be vented through a ceiling or wall. Direct-vent inserts are a completely closed unit, pulling air from outside and venting it outside. They are more efficient than even a standard gas insert and burn hotter.

Professional Installation

When it’s time to start your conversion, you should call a chimney professional to start this process. A certified chimney sweep is experienced in the removal and installation of chimney and heat components. The Cozy Flame works together with the best chimney service providers in the area, Total Chimney Care for installations and services. Together we bring our customers through the entire process including choosing your product, inspection, sizing, installation, and follow-up maintenance.

When you choose a new gas insert, it’s important that you choose a professional to inspect the existing system and correctly measure the firebox so the new appliance will be correctly retrofitted. Safety is our first concern at The Cozy Flame and you can count on us to sell only the best products on the market, including our B-vent and Direct-vent gas inserts.

You can shop at The Cozy Flame hearth store at 116 Research Dr. Suite Q, in Milford, Connecticut. Our fireplace experts are also available by phone at 203-283-4459 or online. We try to offer as many options as possible for our customers who have busy lives. You can start your process by looking through our collection of products online.

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