What You Should Know about Gas Inserts for Your Home

What You Should Know about Gas Inserts for Your Home

09/29/2015
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Fireplace and cozy armchair in living room

Fireplace and cozy armchair in living room

Do you want to enjoy the look and feel of a fireplace without worrying about cleaning up after its use? Fireplace inserts are designed to mimic a natural fire and can be inserted into your existing fireplace. They come in a variety of styles and heat settings, making them the perfect choice for any home.

Benefits of Fireplace Inserts

Gas inserts have a lot of advantages over traditional wood fireplaces. They start and stop at the touch of a button, and you don’t have to tend them constantly. They are much cleaner than wood fires and don’t fill your house with smoke and soot.

Inserts also require far less maintenance than woodburning fireplaces, which have to be cleaned regularly by a professional chimney sweep. Because they are enclosed, they are also more efficient when it comes to heating your home than a fire, which loses much of its heat up the chimney.

Installing Your Insert

EscapeAs long as you already have a woodburning fireplace, it should be relatively easy to install your insert. The insert is simply placed into your fireplace and hooked up to your natural gas or propane. However, this is a job that is usually best left to the professionals, mostly because of the dangers of working with gas lines.

The job will usually take 1–2 days to complete, so that the contractor can be certain there are no leaks in the gas line.

Using Your Gas Insert

Once installed, gas inserts are very simple to use. The most basic models come with just one button to turn them off and on. More advanced models allow you to turn the temperature up and down according to your needs.

Your fireplace may also come with a remote, allowing you to control the settings from across the room. Some fireplaces even connect to your smartphone, so you can turn yours on when you leave work to get the home nice and warm for your arrival.