Today, more than ever, consumers are serious about saving our precious energy resources. Whether in their existing home or that future dream home, you are looking for the best and most efficient method of heating your home but still want the romance of the fire without a lot of fuss and mess. This opens a series of questions on how to get there even though your home already came equipped with a gas or possibly a dirty burning older wood appliance. What are my options and the first question is “what is a fireplace insert”?
What’s a Fireplace Insert?
In layman terms, a fireplace insert is any appliance, wood, pellet, corn or gas that fits inside of an approved existing appliance. In most cases, you can turn a dirty burning older wood fireplace or a inefficient gas appliance into a modern high efficiency renewable energy appliance by inserting an approved renewable energy appliance into the existing product or cavity.
A leading question is “I have a gas fireplace in my home, can it be replaced with a wood or corn appliance”. The answer is a big YES you can. There are many options available and depending on your appliance, the installation and local building codes you can either insert a new appliance into your existing product or take out the existing gas fireplace and use the fireplace cavity to install your new appliance. It is best to solicit the services of an expert Hearth retailer to take a look at your appliance and give you the best options available.
Keeping Your Hearth
Yes, but I love the décor, the brick and the nice hearth on my existing fireplace. Do I have to give it all up? The answer is probably not. Depending on your selection of renewable energy appliance you should be able to keep most or all of the existing materials and reuse them. Most fireplace inserts will fit into the existing cavity and still allow you to keep that nice brick front and Hearth to sit on. Sometimes it is best to change things a little for a better fit or function. Your installer will be able to guide you on the best plan. In most cases, replacing an existing fireplace is not hard and American Energy Systems has numerous product models to choose from that will fit any décor. Be sure to check out the best in renewable energy products for your home.
An important question to be answered when inserting a renewable energy biomass product into your existing fireplace setting is “will my new fireplace be safe”. The answer comes in careful planning when selecting your new appliance and checking to see that everything meets local, state and federal building codes. The manufacturer of the existing fireplace and the new unit are required to label their products for certain installation configurations. Be sure that it is allowed to install the new appliance as you wish. Be sure that a professional installs your product and checks to be sure that all clearances to combustibles’ standards are met.
The real benefits come when you are enjoying safe affordable heating while still enjoying the romance and warmth of a fireplace setting. No more drafty and inefficient fires and is it ever fun watching your fuel man stomp down the street when he comes by and your fuel tank is still full. Kind of like winning the lottery.