Fireplace Insert Installations | Gas, Wood, & Pellet Inserts
High’s Chimney Service of Gaithersburg, MD, provides complete gas, wood and pellet fireplace insert installations for our customers in Potomac, MD, Bethesda, MD, Chevy Chase, MD, Rockville, MD, and other communities in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.
There’s something magical and nostalgic about a large masonry fireplace with its leaping flames and handsome appearance. But there’s nothing magical about the fact that it’s a poor performer when it comes to heating your home. A new gas, wood or pellet fireplace insert installed by CSIA- and CCP-certified technicians brings magic to any home.
A fireplace insert installation will dramatically increase the amount of heat you get from your fireplace. No remodeling, re-construction or tearing out of walls is necessary. Your insert fits right into your current existing fireplace.
Fireplace inserts solve the problem of low heat from a traditional masonry appliance. Let’s look at why this is possible.
Instant Advantages With a New Fireplace Insert Installation
Heat-efficiency ratings are given to home-heating appliances to tell the consumer how much of the unit’s generated heat is available to the home compared with how much is lost through the vent system. Masonry fireplaces average about 20% heat efficiency, meaning only 20% of the generated heat is heat you’re going to feel.
Various styles of fireplace inserts, on the other hand, achieve ratings of upwards of 80% and 90%, which means only a fraction of the heat from the fire is lost. The rest floods the room to warm its occupants.
This massive heat increase is achieved through what’s called a closed combustion system, a technology that super-insulates the insert and distributes produced heat in the most efficient manner possible.
With a fireplace insert installation, you still have the surrounding masonry, raised hearth, mantle and whatever other amenities of your original fireplace was built with, and you’ll have a beautifully designed fireplace insert to add to the overall charm. Modern fireplace inserts made by industry leaders like Regency and Hampton come in a wide range of sizes, styles and finishes that make it easy to perfectly accent your home’s décor.
Gas inserts require little effort to achieve instant heat. Push-button technology means fast ignition and fast extinguishing. Today’s faux logs in gas inserts look very much like actual wood, even identical at times, and the flames are mesmerizing.
If low maintenance is what you’re after, go with gas. No messing with wood logs, no ashes to sweep up and only a basic annual safety inspection from a certified chimney sweep.
You won’t believe how efficiently wood burns in a new wood fireplace insert. It’s nothing like your old masonry unit. If the ambience of a real wood fire roaring in a fireplace is your ideal, a wood fireplace insert installation will be more than satisfying.
With wood inserts, you’ll need to make sure the vent pipe is cleaned annually to remove creosote. A chimney sweep professional can take care of that.
Pellet Fireplace Inserts
Pellet inserts offer convenience and ease of use while giving you a real wood fire. Pellets are most often made from agricultural wood waste, and an attached hopper feeds them into the insert at a specified rate. Very simple, convenient, & efficient.
One big advantage with a pellet fireplace insert installation is that pellet fires can burn for up to 36 hours before you need to get involved and re-fill the hoper.
Fireplace Insert Installations by Professionals
Once you’ve chosen the perfect model of insert for your home, you should only use a technician who is experienced and certified as an installer to set up your new appliance. Installing an insert is not a “do-it-yourself” job but rather one that involves many tasks to ensure that the appliance runs safely, optimally, smoothly, and at full performance efficiency.
The same goes when it’s time for an annual inspection. Trained chimney sweeps have the tools and expertise to examine every inch of your heating appliance and venting system to determine if damage exists and needs to be repaired. Professional service gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your heating appliance is safe and performing at the highest levels.
High’s Chimney Service of Gaithersburg, MD, performs expert fireplace insert installations in Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia communities. Call us today to arrange for safe, expert fireplace insert installation.