Have a fireplace that Isn’t very efficient? A gas fireplace insert just might be your solution. Fireplace Inserts not only produce more efficient heat, but also save you money over the very long winter months when heating costs can skyrocket. According to the National Association of Home Builders, fireplaces rank among the top three features desired by homebuyers. It can be a great asset if it is effectively heating your home. Unfortunately some fireplaces, especially older ones, can create major air gaps-they can send up to 8 percent of your valuable heated air out through your chimney. Although a fireplace is great to look at, it can be an unreliable option as a heating source. Here’s the good news: you can transform your fireplace into an efficient room heater simply by adding fireplace inserts.
A high efficiency Insert can range from a wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace insert, and here’s how you’ll save. Let’s assume there is a $2,000 to $4,000 initial investment on buying and installing a fireplace insert. Which is a very reasonable cost in New York for a typical existing chimney. Depending on the model you choose, fireplace inserts are between 10-40% more efficient than any given fireplace without one. If you are using a 100,000 BTU fireplace to heat your 2500 square foot home, you could be saving close to $1000 per winter on heating costs! You could make back all of your initial investment with savings in just a season or two! Not to mention you will also be warm all winter long.
It’s time for an update, don’t you agree?