Outdoor and indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns have made traditional fireplace use an increasingly contentious subject in many areas. If you have a wood-burning fireplace in your Idaho Falls, ID home, you might enjoy the deep, smoky aroma of real wood and the soothing, crackling and popping sounds that accompany dancing flames.
Installing a fireplace insert is a great way to generate heat, mimic the aesthetics and ambience of a real wood fire, and protect your IAQ and home. Not only are these installations possible for existing fireplaces, but they’re often both seamless and easy.
What Is a Fireplace Insert?
Powered by either electricity or gas, fireplace inserts are prebuilt heating units that slide right into fireplaces. Gas-powered units produce exhaust gases and are carefully vented outdoors so that minimal to no changes in IAQ occur during use.
Given that fireplace inserts don’t actually burn anything, there’s no smoke or major risk of fire to contend with. Moreover, while between 80% and 90% of the heat that a traditional fireplace produces escapes outside, a fireplace insert directs nearly all of its heat indoors.
What You’ll Need for a Fireplace Insert Installation
Fireplace inserts are available in multiple sizes, styles, and configurations. So, at the very start of your project, it’s wise to work with a professional to determine which specifications are right for your home. You’ll also need:
- A nearby and properly rated power source
- Sufficient clearance around the insert
- A plan for heat-proofing and sealing the surrounding materials
- A plan for capping your chimney and lining your flue vent
Although fireplace inserts are readily sold online and in many big box stores, these installations are always best handled by seasoned professionals.
Since 1947, we’ve been providing expert heating and cooling services to residents of Idaho Falls, ID and the surrounding communities. We also offer geothermal heating, ductless mini-splits, and eye-catching fireplace inserts.
To have a fireplace insert professionally installed in your wood-burning fireplace, call our team at Conan Heating & Air Conditioning now!