Even homeowners who appreciate the good qualities of fireplaces may balk
at the expense of purchasing firewood and the chore of maintenance. If
you want to be able to enjoy a fireplace in your Seattle home without
any of the drawbacks, consider having a
fireplace insert installed. When you have your insert installed by a seasoned professional,
you can count on all the advantages of having a fireplace without any
of the problems. Here are the answers to questions that homeowners often
have about fireplace inserts.
Will an insert fit in my fireplace?
This is actually the first question you should ask before making the decision
to purchase an insert. It’s important to make sure that your fireplace
is actually the appropriate size for an insert. Do thorough measurements
of your fireplace’s height and width—including both at the
front and back of the fireplace—to ensure that you don’t inadvertently
buy an insert you can’t use.
What kind of fireplace insert should I buy?
You can choose between an insert that runs on wood, gas, or pellets. The
type of insert you pick depends on your budget and on how you intend to
use it. A wood insert is the best option if you want to replicate the
look and feel of a traditional fireplace. Gas inserts can be used in tandem
with your current furnace system to help curb your heating expenses. Pellets
are an inexpensive option but do require a good deal of maintenance.
What kind of venting do I need for a fireplace insert?
This depends on what type of fireplace insert you have invested in. Wood
and pellet inserts generally have the same type of venting as traditional
fireplaces. Some types of gas inserts don’t require any venting,
while others use chimney venting similar to the kind used by wood and
pellet inserts. If you’re using an electrical insert, you will not
need to worry about venting it at all.