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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.

Professionally Install Your New Fireplace or Insert

Professional New Fireplace Image - Milford CT - Cozy FlameSo you think you’ve found your dream fireplace? You’ve put in the time price checking, learning about different fuels, different appliance efficiency, possible installation hangups, and day-to-day ease of use. You’ve weighed the pros and cons and you have picked the fireplace that’s right for you. Now what?

It’s a common misconception that any homeowner can install his or her own fireplace. While it may be possible, it isn’t recommended for many reasons.

Fire Safety

There is an entire industry surrounding fire safety. For this reason chimney professionals are seeking credentials from the Chimney Safety Institute of America, now an industry standard. It’s CSIA’s mission to put the safety and warmth of homeowners above all else, and to do this by providing expert services based on training and experience, as well as educating homeowners on fire safety.

Why Hire a Professional

CSIA certified chimney sweeps are the best in the industry. They adhere to a stringent code of ethics  designed to protect homeowners from scams, and to offer them the best services available. It’s because of this code of ethics that The Cozy Flame recommends and sells appliances and products that are the best in the industry because we want all of our customers to be safe and warm, to experience a positive shopping experience, find their dream fireplace, and for it to operate according to their needs for comfort and efficiency. For these reasons we also recommend only professional installations. Only a CSIA certified chimney sweep can properly install your new fireplace or insert according to manufacturer’s guidelines every time, make professional recommendations about location, refractory walls, and chimney maintenance.

The Cozy Flame recommends Total Chimney Care  for all of your chimney needs. The level of professionalism and expertise you will receive from a Total Chimney Care appointment will have you calling them for not just installations, but also chimney sweepsinspections, repairs, and more.

You wouldn’t hire just anyone to replace your car’s transmission, so don’t hire an amateur to install valuable components in an intricate system like your chimney and fireplace. Hire the professionals that will put your safety and comfort first every time. Hire a local, Veteran-owned business that has been in operation and has been serving in Milford, Connecticut and surrounding areas for over twenty years!

During a standard product installation you can expect a technician to meet with you every step of the way in order to provide you with your dream fireplace. Your Total Chimney Care technician is abreast in building codes in Milford as well as surrounding neighborhoods and always follows the safety standards of the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 211. Check with your homeowners insurance provider. They may require your appliance is installed by a certified chimney sweep. This is a common requirement because professional installation lowers risk of fire, raises efficiency, and means a longer life for your fireplace and chimney system.

Don’t attempt to install your own fireplace or insert. Hire a professional today by contacting Total Chimney Care.

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