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What Fireplace is Right For Me?

Are you using the spring and summer to plan a new fireplace system for your home? Many homeowners use the off-season to upgrade, update, and repair their fireplace. Maybe you’d like to use the spring and summer to find and install your dream fireplace? If so, we can help. At The Cozy Flame, we have the best products and manufacturers on the market. We also have a team of experts who can can’t wait to help you pick the best appliance for your space and personality.

Types of Fuel

Before committing to a style or type of fire appliance, it’s important to choose the fuel type that works best for you. The fuel type you choose will continue to be your fuel source for the life of your system unless you decide to change it. Choose wisely, because your fuel may determine efficiency, carbon footprint, and ease of use.

  • Gas Fires – Growing in popularity, the gas fire is quite common among homeowners. Gas fireplaces can be installed anywhere, with very little space. Some can even be installed in places with no ventilation. Gas fires burn with most efficiently and is also the most convenience. A gas fireplace often has a remote control, instant ignition, precise temperature control, and emergency shut off.
  • Pellet Fires – With the convenience of a gas appliance, but pellet fires come with beautiful, natural flame of wood. Pellet stove is the best of both worlds. These units feature a hopper which feeds the fire at a steady rate keeping a consistent temperature. They also have an instant ignition with a burner at the base of the firebox. Pellets are eco-friendly, as they are made from recycled wood waste, to burn cleanly and affordably.
  • Wood Fires – Wood fires produce the most heat, can be fueled by specific types of wood that you may prefer and can be fueled by a supply of wood that you have on hand. They create the most beautiful flame, with the look, sound, and feel that every homeowner wants. Wood creates creosote as it burns, however, more than pellets, and will require more maintenance to maintain safety and efficiency.

The Type of Fireplace

Once you pick a fuel for your fire, you can select the best fireplace for your home. There are plenty of options. We offer direct inserts, which can be installed anywhere and has the look of a fireplace. We also have stoves, which can also be installed anywhere and is freestanding. They also come in a standard fireplace insert, which can be installed directly into an existing firebox. We also have gas logs that can be installed into the firebox.

No matter what you desire, we have the means to make it happen. Check out our showroom to see some of the appliances in action. Drop by 116-Q Research Dr. in Milford, Connecticut, or call to schedule a consultation at 203-283-4459. At The Cozy Flame, we have everything you need for your new dream hearth.

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Thinking Of Upgrading Or Replacing Your Fireplace Or Insert?

With the warm months of spring finally here and summer just on the horizon, many of us are done using our fireplaces for the season. However, even if you aren’t planning on using your fireplace again for several months, now is the perfect time to think about installing a new fireplace insert! Considering upgrading or Replacing Your Fireplace - Milford CT - The Cozy Flame-w800-h800

Fireplace inserts are extremely efficient and easy to use heating appliances that can help you easily heat your home or serve as a decorative focal point for a room. With a number of choices in size, style, and heat source, there is the perfect for every family!

Why upgrade your insert this spring

While spring and summer are generally considered to be the “off” seasons of the fireplace industry, it may actually be the best time to upgrade or replace your current fireplace! Because most of us do not use our fireplaces in the spring and summer, this provides the perfect opportunity to shop for and install a new insert – long before you actually need it. Likewise, upgrading to a new insert in the spring can also reduce wait times for service and installation. By finding your new fireplace insert now, you can ensure you and your family will be warm and toasty when cool temperatures finally arrive.

Benefits of fireplace inserts

If you currently have an open hearth fireplace, there are a number of reasons to upgrade to a fireplace insert. Even homes with older inserts can benefit from upgrading to a more energy efficient model. Below are three reasons to consider upgrading or replacing your current fireplace.

1. Efficiency. New fireplace inserts are among the most energy efficient heating appliances on the market. Because inserts use closed system combustion, the fuel source is burned more completely and less heat is lost up the chimney. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbeque Association, fireplace inserts can reduce energy bills by as much as 40%.
2. Environmentally friendly. Fireplace inserts are regulated and certified by the EPA. EPA certified inserts must meet minimum standards for particulate emissions; this means that inserts create minimal smoke and less air pollution. Not only is this good for the environment, but it can also be beneficial to members of your family with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues.
3. Fuel choices. Wanting to install an insert doesn’t limit your fuel choices! High efficiency inserts are available with a variety of fuel choices including coal, natural gas, pellets, propane, and wood. This gives homeowners the chance to upgrade to an insert without compromising on their favorite fuel source.

Now is the perfect time to upgrade or replace your fireplace insert! By shopping for your new insert now, you can be sure it is installed and ready to use when the temperatures begin to drop in the fall. For more information on finding a new insert for your home, contact the expert staff at The Cozy Flame today!

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