If you enjoy the beauty of your fireplace but really wish you could get it to warm your home more effectively, you’re probably using a traditional open masonry fireplace. Your solution is to upgrade your fireplace with a new wood-burning fireplace insert. A-1 Chimney Specialist can help you select the perfect model and then expertly install it for you. We install fireplace inserts throughout Winchester, TN, Huntsville, AL, Madison, AL, Bell Buckle TN, Owens Cross Roads, AL, and other communities in southern Tennessee and northern Alabama.
Masonry fireplaces – the kind that are built along with a chimney into a wall within your home – make lovely aesthetic statements. The brick or stone work and the big firebox with leaping flames makes for an attractive environment in which to enjoy winter days and nights.
The problem is, many homeowners relaxing in front of a masonry fireplace are still dressed in a heavy sweater or with the central heat running and costing you money. That’s not the best way to enjoy a fireplace!
Even with all their attractiveness, masonry fireplaces are not efficient heating appliances. Most have heat-efficiency ratings of 20% or less – often much less.
This rating tells you how much of the heat an appliance produces that is retained and used for heat inside the home. With a traditional open fireplace, you’re sending 80% or more of the heat right up the chimney.
Now consider the wood fireplace insert. These efficient heating units are pre-built in a factory and come in various sizes to fit into standard fireplace fireboxes. Think of an insert as a fireplace in a box.
Inserts are heavily insulated and operate on a “closed-combustion” system, which allows them to hold on to 75% or more of the blazing heat they produce. That’s about four times more heat for your Winchester home as generated by your current masonry fireplace.
As to operation, running a wood-burning insert isn’t much different from using a traditional fireplace. You add logs, light the fire and sit back and enjoy the mood. One difference is, wood inserts usually have their own vent pipe that runs through the chimney.
We recommend and install quite a few wood-burning inserts throughout the Tennessee Valley that are made by Pacific Energy and Enviro, two of the leading names in the fireplace/heating stove industry.
Pacific Energy, for example, makes a full line of powerful wood inserts in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. They also carry a line of sturdy cast iron inserts.
Enviro offers elegant wood inserts such as the Kodiak, Venice, Boston and Cabello models, all with heat-efficiency rating percentages well into the 80s.
When we work together to upgrade your current fireplace system, our certified chimney and fireplace technicians will help you decide on the perfect new wood insert for your home, based on your heating requirements, square footage and other details.
We’ll then install your insert safely and in strict accord with the manufacture’s guidelines and any local zoning or building codes.
If it’s time to warm up you home while still enjoying the unmatched beauty of a real wood fire, call us today at (931) 967-3595 in the Winchester, TN, area or (256) 285-4895 in and around Huntsville, AL.