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Choosing a Gas Fireplace Insert: Sorting Through Options and Technology

Gas Fireplace Insert

If you own or are considering buying an older home, then there’s a good chance that your wood or gas fireplace isn’t only outdated style-wise, but also does the opposite of what it should. Older fireplaces are notorious for drawing warm air out of the home and sending it straight up the chimney, which makes the house colder. You’ll notice higher utility bills as your furnace works harder to compensate. This cycle can go on for years since it feels warmer next to the fireplace and homeowners attribute colder rooms to the weather outdoors.

A smart solution to warm your home more efficiently, as well as update your fireplace’s style, is to replace that old fireplace with a gas fireplace insert. Since buying a new fireplace or an insert isn’t a purchase you make often, you might be surprised by the new options and technology available from today’s top manufacturer’s like Heat & Glo and Quadra-Fire.

Creating an Environment

Fireplace aesthetic is important since it creates ambiance and that cozy feeling. Wood-burning fireplaces are loved for their relaxing warm glow. Replacing it with a gas insert doesn’t mean you are sacrificing anything. In fact, you’ll enjoy that same glow, but your home will be warmer and less drafty. Even better is the ease and simplicity of gas since it doesn’t involve messy cleanup, soot and smoke. A gas insert fits inside an existing masonry or manufactured wood burning fireplace, providing an instant upgrade so there’s little mess during installation, too.

Updating the Look

Many older fireplaces have outdated brass fronts and fake logs (gas burning fireplaces). Each manufacturer’s gas insert models have different options available, and some options are only available with certain models. Depending on your choice, the following could be options.

With a new gas insert, you have your choice of black, new bronze, graphite, gray and hammered steel fronts.

If you’re replacing an older gas fireplace, then you’ll have more options for the interior instead of the ceramic faux logs of the past, such as clear or colored glass, river stones and the driftwood logs.

Enjoying Gas Fireplace Insert Technologies

IntelliFire Ignition System: IntelliFire features intermittent-pilot ignition (IPI) that lets you conserve fuel and money when the fireplace isn’t being used.

IntelliFire Touch Ignition System: IntelliFire Touch is Heat & Glo’s most advanced intermittent-pilot ignition (IPI) system. It makes operation simple, smart and safe. Turn on and off the gas insert with touch, using the:

  • Wireless wall switch: features include on/off, battery strength indicator, cold climate mode.
  • Touchscreen remote: features include on/off, flame height adjustment, fan speed, lights adjustment, thermostat mode, room temperature readout, child lock, timer mode, battery backup, cold climate mode, power vent, wall docking station (fan, lights and power vent are dependent on your fireplace).
  • IntelliFire app: All the features of a remote control with an app installed on your smart device. Monitor your fire from anywhere or even control it with the sound of your voice. IntelliFire is compatible with voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Direct Vent Technology: Direct Vent gas inserts remove 100% of combustion exhaust and fumes to the outside of your home. These sealed fireplaces provide optimal heat, while conserving energy and ensuring clean, safe indoor air quality.

FireBrick Technology: FireBrick is a patented, energy-saving ceramic material molded in an authentic masonry design that is available on Escape inserts. FireBrick produces up to 25% more radiant heat than metal fireboxes, heating rooms faster and using less fuel to increase efficiency and reduce your heating costs. A unique ceramic composition is at the core of the FireBrick innovation.

Ready to Upgrade Your Fireplace?

Take your fireplace measurements yourself or let our experienced crew take them for you. Decide whether appearance or heat efficiency is your top priority. Then choose your gas fireplace insert and let our team install it hassle free.

We’d love to have you stop by our showroom to see all of your options in person. Plus, our staff is happy to answer all questions to ensure your choice checks all your boxes.