How to Select a Fireplace Insert

How to Select a Fireplace Insert

Whether aesthetic or practical, fireplaces have remained a popular component of homes for centuries. Fireplace inserts provide an easy, affordable option to update existing fireplaces that may be outdated or unsafe to use in their current condition. For those who already have a wood fireplace, contemporary gas fireplace inserts offer an affordable and viable option. This article discusses how to select a fireplace insert.

Fireplace Inserts

Fireplace inserts are designed to fit into the space occupied by an old wood or gas burning fireplace that has a masonry chimney. They easily convert the existing model into a new, energy efficient gas burning model. The unit –complete with metal housing and glass front, as well as “logs” or other decorative accessories such as glass or metal– slides into the existing cavity, uses the masonry chimney for the venting and can rejuvenate the look of an entire room.

Factors in Selecting an Insert

When choosing a fireplace insert, be sure to look at the different options. Consider the following factors:

  • Purpose: Is the fireplace to provide heat, or is it simply to provide a decorative accent. It is possible to do both. Contemporary gas fireplace inserts can be aesthetically pleasing while acting as a zone heating unit
  • Efficiency: No matter what the purpose of the gas fireplace inserts, it is important to know its efficiency rating so you can account for the cost of running the unit.
  • Style: There are many different styles of gas-insert fireplaces available. You will want to pick one that fits in best with the surrounding décor. At Kozy Heat we have many different options of sizes, log or media choices, firebox liners and decorative safety screen fronts.
  • Ease-of-Use: How easy is it to turn the gas fireplace insert on and off? Does it have a button, switch, or even a remote control to make the whole task faster and easier?
  • Cost: How much can you afford? Is the fireplace cost-effective?

Selecting a Fireplace Insert

If you have an existing fireplace, you should consider installing a gas fireplace insert. They not only prove to be a focal point to any room, but they also are an excellent way to reduce your overall heating bill. To learn more about how to select a fireplace insert for your home, contact the experts at Kozy Heat at