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Why You Should Invest in a New Gas Stove or Insert

Are you already tired of your heating bill this winter? The sad news is we have several weeks left of winter and many of us raise our eyebrows at those bills. What if we told you there is a nice way to cut down on costs—you’ll enjoy it AND it’ll bring up the value of your home. When making a change around your house, make sure it’s one that pays. You can invest in a new gas stove or insert and start reaping the benefits right away.

Why Choose Gas

Many homeowners are choosing a new gas fireplace because of the many benefits they offer. When you choose gas it’s truly an investment into the value of your home and your daily life.
Easy to Use – Gas fire units are easy to use and convenient. Gas fires light automatically with an ignition switch or button. The flame and temperature can be controlled by a precise control knob, and feature automatic shut-off. Some models even come with a remote control so not only do you not have to build and light a fire as you would with a wood fireplace, but you can light your gas fireplace without ever leaving your couch or bed.
Affordable Installation – Gas units are affordable for purchase. You may pay more for the specific model you choose, but the labor cost of the installation will be lower than other units because gas stoves and inserts are generally faster and easier to install. They are lighter and many of them don’t require a flue or chimney.
High Efficiency – Your new gas stove or insert will burn more efficiently than a wood or pellet unit. Gas units are designed specifically for one thing—natural gas. While efficiency can vary with other units that burn other fuels, gas units are designed to burn natural gas, which happens to be the cleanest burning fuel source. When installed properly by a certified professional your gas stove or insert will be efficient and safe, adding to the value of your home instead of putting it at risk.
Money-Saving – Your new gas stove or insert will save you money immediately. Install it in a high traffic area, and you can keep that space warmer using zone heating while keeping the thermostat for the rest of the house cooler. This stops you from wasting heat on unused rooms in the house and means you will enjoy the heat and the ambiance of a beautiful fireplace in the room you do use.
Versatility in Style – You don’t have to have the fake-looking fire of yesteryear. Gas fireplaces of today have many features that make them look realistic and beautiful. You can opt for an insert or stove with removable and rearrangeable ceramic logs. The logs are detailed to look realistic, right down to the species of tree! Besides the fire itself, you can choose among many models and styles ranging from contemporary to rustic and everything in between.

A Fireplace for Every Room

When you choose gas fires, you can have a fireplace in every room in the house! Gas stoves and inserts are often smaller than traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Gas stoves are so convenient, affordable, and efficient, that even the hospitality industry has caught on. You can find gas stoves and inserts in hotel rooms, condos, and apartments, as well as second stories of homes, and more. When you choose a vent-free unit, it doesn’t even need a flue to vent the fire, but will still heat your space as much as you need. Just make sure you speak with an expert while you’re designing your space so that we can match you with the best unit, size, and model for your home.

Converting From Wood to Gas

Even if you’ve used a wood-burning fireplace, insert, or stove for years, you can switch to gas and start saving now! An open fireplace can lose up to 75 percent of your home’s heat year-round. That’s not just during winter months that an inefficient fireplace is costing you, but summer too. You can convert an inefficient wood fireplace into a highly efficient heat machine by switching to gas now.

A Comfort Consultant at The Cozy Flame can convert your fireplace without a hitch with a gas insert. An insert is retrofitting into an existing masonry firebox and piped up the chimney if a vent is needed. This utilizes the space already constructed but prevents drafts from coming down the chimney and affecting your fire or your home’s temperature.

Are you interested in converting to gas this season or next? Maybe you don’t have a fireplace at all and want to install one now to enjoy or to raise your property value for a sale or refinance. Whatever your reason, we have what you need to bring it to life. It is our goal to bring quality products and expert services to homeowners in and around Milford, Connecticut. Call a Comfort Consultant today at 203-283-4459 or stop by our showroom today.

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Heating Tips For The Environmentally Conscious

When you think of going green, what comes to mind? Most of us think of ideas like turning off electronics when they aren’t in use, recycling, or lowering water consumption. However, few people realize that it is possible to be more “green” when you are heating your home!Heating Tips For The Environmentally Conscious - Milford CT - The Cozy Flame

Advances in efficiency in the fireplace industry – as well as a better understanding of how to conserve energy and avoid polluting – has made it more possible than ever to keep your home warm and welcoming without hurting the environment. The following four tips can help you heat your home in an environmentally conscious way.

1. Purchase a new high efficiency heating appliance

In recent years, fireplaces, inserts, and stoves have become more efficient than ever; many new appliances can provide the same amount of heat while maximizing the amount of fuel that is burned and minimizing the amount of air pollution created. Because of this, if you have a heating appliance that is more than a few years old, you may want to investigate purchasing a new, high efficiency  model.

Buying a high efficiency stove may also be able to help you on your taxes. Homeowners who purchase a qualifying high efficiency wood stove can receive up to a $300 tax credit as well as enjoy the benefits of a new, more efficient heat source in their home.

2. Burn a renewable fuel source

While propane and gas create extremely efficient heat, they are also non-renewable fuel sources. Instead, consider switching to a heating appliance that burns a biomass fuel, or a fuel source that is derived from a renewable and sustainable source. Examples of renewable biomass fuels include wood, corn, and pellets; pellets are often considered the most “green” fuel source because they are made from small pieces of wood and sawdust that would normally be discarded.

3. Burn wood wisely

If you have a wood burning heating appliance, the firewood you choose and how you burn it can have an impact on your fireplace’s environmental impact. To reduce air pollutants burn only seasoned firewood; green or freshly cut wood can create significantly more smoke – and affect the air quality more – than seasoned wood. Likewise, avoid burning plastics, Styrofoam, paper products, or other trash in your fireplace or stove. While it may seem like an easy way to get rid of garbage, even burning small amounts can release toxic chemicals into the air – as well as cause damage to your fireplace, stove, or chimney.

4. Zone heat your home

Most people use less than 40% of their homes on a daily basis; if you are turning up your thermostat to heat the whole house, you may be spending too much for heating! Instead of heating rooms that no one is in, consider using a fireplace or stove for zone heating. Zone heating allows you to turn down your central thermostat for the entire home while the fireplace heats the rooms that are being used. Zone heating can help reduce energy bills by as much as 20-40%!

By being more environmentally conscious in how we heat our homes, we can reduce pollution and improve air quality – as well as save money! Contact The Cozy Flame today to learn more about our EPA certified high efficiency heating appliances as well as other ways you can “go green” with your fireplace or stove.

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