It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Americans are becoming more conscientious about the money they spend. For all that can be said about the economic downturn and the events that have resulted in the last two years, one may certainly see that frugality has been reintroduced to Americans that we haven’t seen in several generations.
Making our homes more efficient is certainly a part of that newfound frugality. The US Department of Energy teaches us that most homes lose heat through windows, doors, and other openings, up to 80 percent of a home’s energy costs.
Though fireplaces are certainly beautiful, they do little to improve a home’s heating. Wood fireplace insert designs can certainly change this problem. What’s more is that homeowners can take advantage of a tax credit of up to $1500 for improving the energy efficiency of their home, all the while updating or improving the appearance of their home.
Ironically, none of this is new. A hearth is a version of a fireplace insert. A hearth would resemble a stove, but use a fireplace–type opening to vent the exhaust.
Modern fireplace insert options add more benefits, however, and fit snuggly into the preexisting fireplace. These inserts reduce the heat that is lost to the fireplace and return the heat to the room instead. Many of these inserts even come with blowers to increase the heat output and thermostats to help regulate temperature.
There are plenty of other options as well. It is possible to purchase a fireplace insert that burns wood or a wood simulacrum. Wood pellets are one such example, providing that fireplace glow, but, oftentimes, the smell of a fireplace. Others might opt for other choices, selecting a propane fireplace insert or one that uses natural gas. Such options also make remote or push–button start a possibility.
Of course, the option that is most fun is deciding on the look of a fireplace insert. At this point, these units have been so updated that selecting one might be a challenge. Traditional–looking models are available, that simply add a rustic look to the fireplace.
It is, however, equally possible to procure a model that updates the entire look of the house, like a unit that is completely glass and modernizes the entire fireplace. Indeed, such an insert would help to redesign an entire room, as a fireplace is often a focal point of a room.
Given that we would all like our homes to operate more efficiently and save us more of our hard–earned money, wood fireplace inserts are options that make sense. Not only do they decrease heating costs, but they can update the look of an entire room while netting the homeowner a very attractive tax credit.
Spending time in front of your fireplace is probably one of the single most relaxing things you can do. There are few things better than being curled up with a book, visiting with friends, or enjoying an intimate conversation with loved ones next to the warmth provided from the flames within the fireplace. One of the easiest and most efficient ways to achieve the sought–after warmth is with a wood-burning fireplace insert.
Wood burning fireplace inserts are remarkable with their combination of beauty, functionality, adaptability and are easy to install. Most of the designs allow you to install the insert either in flush mount or hearth mount fashion. Many of the companies out there that sell wood-burning inserts have become quite sophisticated in their design concepts. You can purchase rather attractive surrounds that create looks varying from the simplicity of classic woodsy beauty to the detailed and ornate. In addition, in most cases, there are usually plenty of fireplace accessories available that are both practical and eye–catching.
But the overriding feature of the wood-burning fireplace insert is the incredible efficiency and effectiveness with which they produce heat. With just a small amount of wood, you can manage to keep the room or even the entire home warm for hours. Many of these inserts can successfully provide warmth for up to 2000 square feet and more.
Take for example the inserts made by Napoleon. Many are stunningly beautiful, made of cast iron with various options of quite elegant surrounds. Furthermore, all are EPA certified with incredibly high-efficiency ratings.
Another wood-burning fireplace insert is the type made by Fuego Flame. Among other features, they have natural convection blower systems that return considerably more air than electric blowers, offering more heat and less noise than most basic electric blowers. Additionally, these inserts are operated with the damper nearly completely closed which also adds to the amazing efficiency.
Regardless of which wood-burning insert you choose, you can rest assured that you will receive limitless enjoyment while warming your home in an incredibly cost–effective manner. And as a special bonus, in most cases, because of their energy-saving features, you are eligible to receive sizeable tax credits by purchasing one. Do your comparisons and I am quite certain that you will find that investing in an insert will pay huge dividends both in comfort and long–term savings.
Finally, for those of you who enjoy the ritual of building a fire, the wood-burning fireplace insert is perfect. Though there are electric and gas–burning options, the tradition of the true wood-burning fireplace is unsurpassed. Plus, you will benefit from the satisfying warmth while having to burn less wood, thus minimizing messes.