During the cold winters that we experience in the Hamilton and Niagara area, there is perhaps nothing more comforting than curling up in front of a warm and cozy fireplace with a good book or your favourite beverage. However, while wood burning fireplaces can be nostalgic, they are also messy and require a great deal of maintenance. But there is a simple solution that allows you to keep that feeling of nostalgia while making your fireplace more convenient to use – and that is by installing a gas insert.
Here are five reasons why you should consider upgrading your traditional fireplace with a gas insert:
Increase energy efficiency.
One of the drawbacks of open fireplaces is that they allow a considerable amount of heat to escape from your home – even if the damper is closed. A gas insert seals your home, keeping the heat inside so you are not having to heat cold air continually.
Furthermore, fireplace inserts allow for zone heating – that is, they heat the areas of your home where you spend the most time. When using your gas insert fireplace, you can turn down your furnace (saving you money) and simply allow your gas insert fireplace to heat the most important areas of your home.
Experience greater convenience.
Turning on a gas insert fireplace is as easy as touching a button or flicking a switch. You can even program it to come on and off at a specified time or do it remotely with your smartphone! That is certainly a lot more convenient than chopping, storing and lugging around firewood. And unlike traditional fireplaces, you can even set your fireplace to a specific temperature.
Reduce your carbon footprint.
Gas insert fireplaces produce fewer greenhouse gases than traditional wood-burning fireplaces and masonry chimneys. As one of the cleanest fossil fuels available, natural gas creates very few particles when it burns, and that means fewer emissions, which is better for the environment.
Heat your home even when the power is out.
Another advantage of gas insert fireplaces is that they can heat your home even when the power is out. In the Hamilton and Niagara area, we usually experience at least a couple of power outages each winter, but with your gas insert fireplace, you and your family can still stay toasty warm.
Even though gas insert fireplaces do use electronic ignition, these have battery back-ups powering their receivers and ignition packs so you’ll still be able to get instant heat even when a winter storm knocks out the power.
Add a beautiful focal point to any room.
Finally, gas insert fireplaces come in a variety of beautiful designs to ensure that your fireplace remains an attractive focal point of your room. Gas inserts are designed to fit into the existing masonry of your home, so there are no major renovations when you decide to upgrade your traditional fireplace.
And with a wide variety of styles and models available, you are sure to find one that suits your home beautifully!
At Hamilton Home Comfort, we are committed to helping you find the best heating solutions for your home. If you are interested in gas insert fireplaces or any of our other products, contact us at our Stoney Creek location today.