It may be mid-August, but Fall is around the corner. Cooler weather makes us want to light a fire and get cozy and warm. But, if you only have an older open fireplace, then lighting a fire doesn't give you the warmth you want or need. And, your home could be leaking heat.
An open, masonry fireplace with a blazing fire is attractive. But in Massachusetts, we need more than just beauty from a fire. An open fireplace is inefficient. But, by adding a wood-burning fireplace insert or changing it to gas and installing a gas fireplace insert, your existing open fireplace can heat a room or even a couple rooms. Inserts for fireplaces can often heat spaces more efficiently than your furnace, and they're certainly more attractive. Because fireplace inserts are sealed they also prevent drafts from coming down the chimney and entering the home.
An open fireplace is like leaving your door open. Drafts can come in, and heat can go out. They are open all the way to the roof. This is why many homeowners in Massachusetts are moving to wood-burning and gas fireplace inserts.
Most gas inserts are more efficient than a home heating system. Most home heat is 70 to 80 percent efficient, gas inserts are almost 86 percent.
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury can help you determine whether a gas or wood burning fireplace insert is best for your home and your lifestyle. There are advantages to both.
For more information on fireplace inserts, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.