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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.

Which Fireplace is Right for Me?

The Right Fireplace Image - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameChoosing a fireplace is as tedious a job as choosing your dream home. Today there are options that can bring together your home decor and your home heating needs. Efficiency, design, variety, and fuel vary, so it’s important to explore options and choose whatever fits your home and family best. To improve efficiency, many homeowners are choosing inserts, which bring efficiency up significantly and operate safely and easily.

You can raise the efficiency of your fireplace by choosing a fireplace insert that is custom fitted into the existing fireplace, and uses the existing chimney. With an insert there is no need for an expensive rebuild, just custom installation and inspection.

Wood Inserts

If you have access to cord wood you may choose to burn wood. You may simply prefer wood heat for the smell, look, and warmth it provides. Whatever the reason, wood is a great option for aesthetics, but a wood insert is the best choice if the goal is heat. The wood burning insert is the most efficient way to burn wood currently. The closed unit uses nearly all the heat produced to heat the room, leaving very little to vent through the chimney. This can cause problems if there isn’t enough heat to push the vapors and soot up and out of the chimney, so it’s important to have it professionally installed so that the flue is the proper size. This can also be a problem with other types of fuel inserts as well.

Gas Inserts

Like wood inserts, these require very little work for installation, and sometimes don’t even require use of the chimney. Which insert you choose will determine how it is vented, and your chimney sweep can install it properly. Many homeowners choose a direct-vent gas insert to avoid repairing or restoring a damaged or old chimney, because these can be vented through a wall or roof. If you choose a standard gas insert, you chimney will have to be cleaned and inspected upon installation, and may even require a new liner installed since not all types of liners are suitable for gas burning appliances. Regardless, gas inserts are a favorite because they light with the flip of a switch, burn clean, and are the most efficient heating source.

Pellet Inserts

Pellet inserts burn a wood product which is a compressed pellet made up of sawdust. Pellets are a green option because they help saw mills cut down on waste. Pellet inserts are convenient because they have a steady burn by use of a hopper that distributes fuel at the homeowner’s desired speed. Also, these are a low-maintenance and clean option. They give the result of wood-burning without the debris that split wood leaves behind in your floor.

Whatever fireplace you choose, it’s important to have it professionally installed. You also need to keep up with regular chimney sweeps and annual inspections to keep your new fireplace working safely and efficiently.

Think you’re ready for a new fireplace? Let The Cozy Flame help make your dreams come true with a dream fireplace. Call us today or contact us online.

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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