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Summertime is the best time to plan your new hearth with new fire appliances from our selection at The Cozy Flame. We partner with our sister company, Total Chimney Care to install fire products year-round with precision and excellence. We first make sure homeowners are happy with the size, style, and fuel type of the appliance. When our customers start with us, we don’t stop until you’re satisfied.

EPA-Certified Fireplaces

You don’t have to work for your beautiful fire. At The Cozy Flame we carry both gas and wood fireplaces, and both offer excellent aesthetics, sustainability, and efficiency. When you choose gas, you get an added convenience of easy on/off capabilities, temperature control, and without the hassle of cutting, hauling, and lighting firewood. If it’s a wood fire you’re interested in, ask a Comfort Consultant about the Regency Excalibur EX90 or Regency Classic R90.

Wood-Burning Stoves

Regency has perfected the wood stove so much that homeowners can now get the ambiance of a wood stove, without all the emissions and heat loss from years past. Regency wood stoves are so efficient today that all of them will qualify you for a $300 US Biomass Tax Credit! Shop our styles from contemporary to traditional and everything in between.

Gas Stoves

Gas stoves are a great option for a small space or limited decorative freedom. You can have a gas stove installed almost anywhere. They come in beautiful styles with fire-view windows that provide all the ambiance of a wood stove. Many models even have artificial logs that can be rearranged for you tastes. Gas stoves come with conveniences that rival that of wood stoves, so if you’re looking for efficiency, convenience, and beauty, a gas stove may be for you.

Pellet Stoves

Pellet stoves offer all the convenience and control of gas, with the high heat output of wood. Pellets are a wood product available in most home improvement and hardware stores. The stove is equipped with igniters that make lighting your fire as easy as magic, and the automatic hopper reloads your fire so that it’s burning while you’re doing other things.

Fireplace Inserts

If you’re looking to convert from an open fireplace to a more efficient and beautiful upgrade, an insert may be exactly what you’re looking for. Inserts are ordered according to specific measurements so they are sized correctly and a professional will retrofit the unit directly into the existing firebox. The chimney is then relined or “piped up” to accommodate for the smaller burn capacity. Inserts can start saving you money now, closing off the fireplace so that you don’t lose conditioned air, and will save you money on heating bills this winter. You can choose from a pellet, gas, or wood-burning insert.

Ready to Shop?

Stop by our retail location so that you can see some of our Regency products in action. Call us at 203-283-4459, or come visit at 116-Q Research Dr., Milford, Connecticut today.

Give Your Fireplace a Facelift

Fireplace Facelifts - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameAs the cold months of winter finally draw to a close, now is the perfect time to think about a makeover for your fireplace. Rather than sitting idle all summer, use the months when your fireplace will not be in use to have a fireplace facelift!

A fireplace facelift is an excellent way to completely makeover not just your fireplace, but your entire living space. Whether you want to take on a complete fireplace overhaul or merely make a few minor changes, below are some reasons why you should consider investing in a fireplace facelift this summer.

Add value to your home

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, buyers are willing to spend as much as $1,400 more for a home with a fireplace. In addition, 46% of buyers stated that looks was the most important aspect of a fireplace; only 31% listed quality as a fireplace’s most important trait.

Because the looks of your fireplace can influence your home’s value, considering updating it with a facelift. A clean, new, and modern fireplace is an excellent way for your fireplace to stop fading into the background and reclaim its spot as the focal point of your living space.

Reflect your personal style

Whether your interior design style is French country, sleek and modern, or vintage chic, your fireplace may not be reflecting that style. Rather than trying to dress up an average or ordinary fireplace with decorations, give your entire fireplace facade a facelift. Fireplace facelifts are completely custom and can be designed to reflect your personal style.

Make big – or small – changes

Deciding to invest in a fireplace facelift doesn’t have to automatically mean breaking the bank on a major remodeling project. Instead, there are a number of small ways that homeowners can update the look and feel of their fireplace without spending a fortune or committing to major construction.

Replacing old, stained, or warped glass fireplace doors is one way to easily update the look of a fireplace. Likewise, more modern glass doors are designed to be more safe and efficient than their older counterparts. Likewise, adding a new mantel is another way to easily update the look of your fireplace without a complete fireplace overhaul. Small changes such as this can refresh not only the look of your fireplace, but of your entire room.

Upgrade with an insert

Homeowners with open hearths may want to consider upgrading to a more efficient insert. Because inserts operate using closed system combustion, very little heat is lost up the chimney. This allows inserts to more efficiently heat your home, often using less fuel and therefore costing less money. Inserts are also available in a wide variety of aesthetic styles and fuel sources – including gas, pellets, and even wood – to fit your family’s needs, style, and budget.

Having a fireplace facelift done over the summer will leave your fireplace refreshed and ready to use again this fall. For more information about how a fireplace facelift can transform the look of your home, stop by the showroom at The Cozy Flame today!

Let’s Talk About Fireplace Inserts

Update your old fireplace and make it more energy-efficient by adding a fireplace insert.

Update your old fireplace and make it more energy-efficient by adding a fireplace insert.

Not all fireplaces are created equal. Depending on the age of your home and/or the overall condition of your fireplace and all of its parts, you could be sending some serious money right up the chimney during the heating season; it’s estimated that a typical homeowner can send up to 8% of valuable heated air flying straight out the chimney.

If reading this statistic has you even the slightest bit scared about using your fireplace as a heating source when the weather turns cold, don’t write it off just yet. The good news is you can transform your fireplace into an efficient room heater simply by adding a fireplace insert.

What can a Fireplace Insert do for me?

An insert is the answer to making your old fireplace more efficient without having to replace it, and, most of the time, they can be retrofitted to your existing wood-burning fireplace seamlessly. Adding an insert will only slightly (in most cases) change the overall look of your fireplace; however, it can take it from a net energy loser to a helpful tool in keeping those skyrocketing heating costs at bay during the winter months.

Can I Afford a Fireplace Insert?

You’re probably sitting there wondering how much an insert is going to set you back. To be completely honest, they are far from cheap. Nevertheless, they are affordable. Inserts can run anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the time of year and your geographic location. This is an all-inclusive price, which includes installation and a new specialized chimney liner.

Are there Different Types of Fireplace Inserts?

If you’re considering a fireplace insert, there are a few options available to you. Choosing the type of heater that best meets the needs of your particular application is as simple as deciding what’s most important to you—burning real wood and having heat even if the power goes out (choose a wood-burning insert), burning a bio-fuel without the hassle of wood in an attempt to minimize your carbon footprint (choose a pellet insert), or flipping on fast heat in a particular portion of the home (choose a gas insert).

Because fuel prices are in a constant state of flux, any savings measurements are really just a moving target. Generally speaking, a homeowner who opts to have an insert installed is looking at an annual savings of anywhere from $75-$250 dollars. While this may not sound like a tremendous amount of savings considering the upfront costs of the insert itself, the savings over the long haul can and will really add up over the lifespan of the insert.

Your home is an investment, and, as such, any decision you make needs to include at least a small measure of foresight. Whether you prefer the convenience of researching products online or getting up close and personal to compare products, the Comfort Consultants at The Cozy Flame have you covered. Give us a call today at (203) 283-4459 or stop in and visit our showroom to see all we have to offer.

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