An energy efficient fireplace makeover will turn your wood-burning fireplace into a high efficiency, clean burning gas heater.
By converting your wood-burning fireplace to a direct vent gas insert you can have the look and feel of a wood-burning fireplace. Yet, without the drudgery or the heat loss. There is no firewood needed. There are no unsightly firewood piles stacked outside. And best yet, there is no ash to clean out of the fireplace!
Direct vent technology is a complete system. Fresh outside air is brought in from an intake vent and the out-take vent takes 100% of the combustion exhaust and fumes directly to the outside. The vents can go up a chimney flue or straight through an opening in an exterior wall. The sealed glass face ensures that heat from the rest of the home doesn’t go up the flue like a traditional wood burning fire. A built-in fan pumps hot air out heating the room quickly Direct Vent inserts have a 65%-95% efficiency rating and use natural or propane gas. A backup battery guarantees the fireplace will light even during a power outage.
An electronic ignition offers you the ease of a remote control to turn your fire on or off. The thermostat control automatically adjusts the heat output to the temperature you set. A variable-flame and height adjustment allows you to determine if you want a small ambience flame to a roaring fire. The interior LED accent lighting lets you enjoy the look of the fireplace during times it may be too warm to actually light a fire.
The fireplace insert has a variety of options to customize the firebox interior, the exterior face designs. Also, you have your choice of either logs, stones or glass chips.
However, please know this is not a simple D-I-Y project. You will want to work with a top notch qualified company specializing in direct vent fireplaces and inserts. Check your area for a company with National Fireplace Institute-certified technicians experienced with these installations. This will ensure a seamless worry-free project that you will enjoy for years to come. And, maintenance is as easy as an annual maintenance check-up from your installation company.
Here’s to staying warm by the fire this winter, no matter the outside temperature, with an energy efficient fireplace makeover with an energy efficient direct vent fireplace!