Modern gas fireplace inserts are installed into open masonry fireplaces by qualified gas contractors to stop cold chimney draft, increase home heating efficiency and improve indoor air quality. Let’s take a quick look at your options and benefits of a gas insert. To start, there are two types of gas inserts: direct vent and B vent.
Direct vented to keep you warmer, maintain indoor air quality and save you money, direct vent gas fireplace inserts stop cold drafts from entering your home and they prevent warmed air from escaping. Unlike traditional open flue or natural draft gas fireplaces that use air from inside your home for combustion, direct vent gas fireplace inserts use air from outside of your home. Direct vent gas fireplaces inserts are very popular due to their safety, warmth and efficiency.
Natural draft gas fireplace (B vent) use the natural buoyancy of warm air to evacuate combustion gases from the flue to the exterior of your home. B-vent gas inserts draw air from the area around your fireplace for combustion. Popular in condos because multiple units can be connected via a single vertical flue, B-vent fireplaces are very affordable to install.
The best gas fireplace inserts are engineered to keep you warmer for less. Improvements like ceramic radiant heating technology, multi-speed blowers, programmable heat controls and multi-room heat distribution kits are all helping home owners spend less and enjoy more. For optimal performance and beautiful golden color flames, look for a gas fireplace insert with an efficiency rating between 70 – 85%. Higher efficiency = blue fire.
Smart Gas Fireplace Inserts
As if flicking a switch wasn’t easy enough, now you can turn on your gas fireplace insert the same way you turn on your television – with a remote. Modern gas fireplace inserts can be programmed to turn on and off at specific times. And you can program temperatures you want to maintain at specific times of the day or night.
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