Sitting in front of a cozy fire while enjoying a good mystery and a cup of hot tea may be what you envision when you think of winter evenings spent at home. If you own a wood burning fireplace that has an old, uncared for appearance or if you are just altogether frustrated with maintaining the inside of the fireplace, then maybe having a gas insert installed is an avenue that you would like to explore.
What Is A Gas Insert And How Does One Work?
A gas insert is essentially a self-contained heat box. Natural gas or propane is used to produce heat that is filtered through an insert's vents. Some inserts contain a fan mechanism that is used to disperse heat throughout a living space.
Ventless and vented options are both efficient, and will provide a cleaner way to heat up your home. An insert is placed inside of an original fireplace. Holes are drilled to connect gas and electrical lines. An insulated glass or metal cover is typically secured to the front of a gas insert and will prevent a user from getting burnt when an insert is in use.
After an insert is professionally installed, it will look like it was part of an original fireplace. An insert can be turned on manually or by remote control, which greatly reduces the amount of time that it takes to heat up a home. Because kindling and ash is not present, no tedious cleaning steps need to be completed after using an insert.
What Style Options Are There?
One great benefit of choosing a gas insert is that you can change the overall style of your existing fireplace if desired. Do you like contemporary designs or are you more into vintage styles that are reminiscent of eras gone by? Either style can be attained by choosing a specific casing for your new insert.
Color options are also diverse. If you are tired of the bland uniform color of the hearth that surrounds your fireplace and would like to add another hue to the area, choose a gas insert casing that vastly contrasts with the hearth color.
Even the shape and size of an insert can be selected. Select a compact square or rectangle-shaped insert or one that is larger in size and that has a more prominent appearance and contains an arched top, bottom, and sides to fill the opening in your home's fireplace.
For more information, contact a company like Nordic Stove and Fireplace Center today.