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How Do I Choose a Gas Fireplace?

When it comes to your hearth, deciding on the best appliance and the look you want is the hardest part. The type of appliance you choose can determine the life of your fireplace. How often it need maintenance? How safe it is? How convenient it is? All of these factors and more will play into your decision, and now is the time to start thinking about it.

The Purpose of Your Fireplace

How Do I Choose a Gas Fireplace - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameIs your fireplace the main focal point of your living space? What do you really want out of your fireplace? Does it need to be more beautiful than functional? If you’re looking for a fireplace that helps with zone heating and help bring down your utility bill, then you should choose a direct vent insert.

Vented and vent free gas log sets do not provide the heat necessary to properly zone heat. Zone heating allows the homeowner to lower the thermostat temperature in the house, and use the fireplace to heat certain areas of the home. Do you have limited space for your appliance? Depending on the size of your space and the shape, we can help you determine the kind of gas fireplace that is right for you.

Vent and Vent-Free Gas Logs

Gas logs are becoming popular among homeowners, and they are more realistic and beautiful than ever. Many gas logs feature realistic details down to the knots and checks in the logs. The log sets with yellow flames are the most realistic option, and these need to be vented due to the release of harmful gases. Vent-free log sets have a blue flame that isn’t as realistic as the yellow flame, but it still produces a good amount of heat and safe for indoor use. These log sets are also easier to install, since they don’t require a vent or chimney to burn. Many homeowners are upgrading to log sets, and if the chimney is in disrepair, a vent-free log set is perfect.

Direct Vent Insert

Whether your chimney is in good shape or not, or even if you don’t have one, a direct vent insert is the best option. Direct-Vent inserts are a completely closed unit that can be installed anywhere in your home. The intake and the vent for the unit can be through a wall, ceiling, or floor, which means it can go anywhere. Your can choose a direct vent fireplace that is contemporary, traditional, or anything in between.

A Cozy (Gas) Flame

When you work with The Cozy Flame to choose your new gas fireplace appliance, you have the benefit of professional experience. One of our associates can help you pick out the best appliance for your needs. Gas fireplaces are such a wonderful investment.  They’re convenient, affordable, environmentally-friendly, safe and beautiful!

The Cozy Flame also sells wood-burning and pellet stoves in addition to our gas fireplaces. Stop by our showroom at 116-Q Research Dr. or give us a call at 203-283-4459 to learn more.

Be Warm and Cozy (and Save Money) With an Insert

Homeowners love fireplaces! Unfortunately, not every home has one, not every family has the money for a huge remodel, and not everyone has access to wood to burn. There is a solution. You can enjoy a beautiful fire in a safe and stylish fire appliance, and it won’t break the bank (or break your house) to install. In fact, you’ll end up saving money. Turn down the thermostat and enjoy a new direct vent insert.

What is a Direct Vent Insert?

Standard inserts are retro-fitted into an existing firebox. A direct vent insert can be installed anywhere because they don’t need a chimney at all. The term “direct vent” means they are vented to the outdoors through a wall. The unit pulls air from the outside, and vents outside, never using or wasting heated air from the house. In fact, a direct vent insert never affects the inside of the house (except to heat it!). It’s a highly efficient, closed unit, equipped with a blower that pushes the heat into your house even more.

Why Choose a Direct Vent Insert?

  1. Save money – You will start saving money immediately when your direct vent insert is installed. Turn down your thermostat and turn on your fireplace. It doesn’t even use electricity unless you use the blower.
  2. Heat during outages – Your direct vent insert will continue to heat despite a power outage. The blower requires electricity, but the convection heat will continue to provide adequate heat with no electricity whatsoever.
  3. Eco-friendly – Direct vent inserts benefit the environment as much as they do you. They burn natural gas, which is the cleanest fossil fuel. It produces less harmful chemicals into the air, and direct vents are highly efficient without the problems that traditional gas fireplaces have.
  4. Hassle-free – You don’t have to cut, split, or carry firewood to have a beautiful fire. You won’t have to open your fireplace to adjust your logs or feed it, so there will never be soot, smoke, or ash in your house caused by your insert.
  5. Stylish and beautiful – Direct gas inserts come in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes. You can choose an insert that is contemporary or traditional, and everything in between. Choose decorative doors that complement your home décor. There are sizes big and small for all of your spaces and to meet all your needs.

Where to Put Your Insert?

You can have your direct vent insert installed anywhere that a vent can be installed to the outside of the house. If you’re considering a new fire appliance like an insert, contact a professional now. At The Cozy Flame, our Comfort Consultants can help you decide where to install your insert, what size will work best for your needs, and we’ll show you the styles to match your tastes. Our fireplace experts can tell you how to save even more money by using your insert for zone heating. There is no drawback to a direct vent insert. Raise your property value before a sale, save on heating costs, or “go green”—whatever your reasoning, you can’t go wrong with a direct vent insert. Come by The Cozy Flame at 116-Q Research Dr., or call us at 203-283-4459.

What Are Direct Vent Fireplaces and Direct Vent Gas Inserts?

Fire places add to a home’s comfort. They can make your home more appealing to your family, friends, and future buyers. Unfortunately, traditional fireplaces are often a lot of work. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way! Direct vent fireplaces and gas inserts are the best selling fireplaces today; but what exactly is the difference between these and traditional fireplaces? The major difference is that all of the gasses produced by the fireplace are vented directly outside with a venting system that is specific to the unit. However, there is an array of other benefits that go with direct vent fireplaces and gas inserts.

Hampton H15 Small Direct Vent Stove

Hampton H15 Small Direct Vent Stove

Efficiency- Direct vent technology is about five times more efficient than traditional fireplaces—which is a lot of savings!

Health- When wood burns in a traditional fireplace, carbon monoxide and particulates from the fire are released into the surrounding area. In high concentrations, carbon monoxide is poisonous. Because direct vent fireplaces vent the air from the fire directly outside, no harmful byproducts are released into the building. This makes direct vent technology a much more healthful option in comparison to traditional options.

Those benefits apply to either direct vent fireplaces or direct vent gas inserts; however, there are further benefits to choosing a direct vent gas insert.

Direct Vent Gas Insert Benefits

  • Ease and Convenience- With gas inserts, there is no need to cut, haul, stack, or stock fire wood. There is no need to clean between fires or wait for your fire to die out before going to bed. A simple flip of the switch will generate the heat and ambiance of a fire, and another flip will put an end to the fire.
  • Clean Burning- Although wood burning fireplaces have come a long way in efficiency and emission reduction over the years, gas is still more efficient than wood. As a result, there is less pollution, less clean up, and less wasted energy.
  • Realistic Wood and Fire- You may be wary about gas inserts because of realism. There’s just something about a real fire. Fortunately, getting a gas insert doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the feeling of a traditional fire. Gas inserts have been getting more and more realistic looking and you can enjoy them with the flick of a switch!Aesthetic Variety- Our gas inserts come in a wide variety of style options. Rest assured, no matter what look you’re going for, we probably have a gas insert that will match your needs.

If you are unsure what option is right for your family and need help deciding, our Comfort Consultants are available to answer any questions you may have and help you decide. We want you to walk away with the best fit possible. Just call us at 203-283-4459 or stop by and see us! We’ll be more than happy to help. If you already know what option you prefer, click here to start shopping now!

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