I have noticed that more and more people are opting for a fireplace insert for their kitchen hearth instead of the traditional fireplace that was so common years back.
When conducting research on which of the two was better, I discovered that the log fireplace insert has many benefits over a traditional fireplace, some of which you may not be aware of.
Some of the advantages of using a fireplace as opposed to the traditional fireplace include:
1. They’re Greener
Whether you pick a gas-fired or electric fireplace insert, the carbon emissions produced by burning wood in an open hearth are MUCH higher. Essentially, your carbon footprint on an electric insert is zero.
2. Increased Efficiency
Unlike open hearths, fireplace inserts have high efficiency ratings. The rating for an electric log insert can be as high as 80 percent. The efficiency rating of open hearths can be as low as 7 percent.
3. Lower Energy Cost
I love the fact that I can spend less on my energy bills when using a fireplace insert. If there was some heat in the insert and you are not using it, the fireplace insert will conserve this heat by preventing it from escaping through the chimney.
And when the weather is cold, a closed doesn’t let cold air into the kitchen. Your energy bill will be reduced dramatically.
Fireplace inserts are safe since they have an efficient system for gas flow. Or, in the case of an electric unit, they don’t involve combustion of any kind so the fire hazard is almost zero. A traditional fireplace is can also emit carbon monoxide poisoning in the home if the air chute is clogged or improperly designed.
5. Aesthetic Value
I love beautifying my home with almost anything I can find that blends in well with the house. You can do the same with a fireplace insert. Inserts vary in style and you can choose a model and style that will blend in with your house.
The modern style units are particularly nice, and there’s no way you can get this look with a fire-burning unit.
Three Great Choices (all are Electric Fireplace Inserts)
I am currently thinking about getting a fire insert for my home. I will definitely be getting one of the three models below. You can check them out and see if you will like them
This insert uses LED technology and it also comes with a heater.
It comes with logs and has amazing features including LED technology that displays temperature settings and functions on the glass, and a remote that can be used for to operate the unit from a distance.
The logs are hand crafted. It is easy to use and can be quickly installed.