Most home buyers love the charm of a fireplace and are willing to spend extra money just to have one. But old fireplaces may not pass inspection and the repair costs can break your budget. Rather than restoring an outdated fireplace you might want to consider installing a more energy efficient insert which can save you money on your heating bill later on. There are many options to choose from and you can still enjoy the character and charm of the original fireplace design. Even if you decide to go with an insert you may still need to make repairs to the existing chimney so it is best to consult a professional.
Here are some things you might consider when choosing your insert:
- What type of fuel is best for your home? Wood burning inserts are the most common but you may prefer natural gas, propane, pellets or even coal. There are many types to choose from so consider the availability to your fuel source and be sure to choose an insert that is EPA certified.
- What size insert do you need? Of course you’ll have to measure the opening where you’ll be installing your insert; measure the height, width and depth. This will determine the physical size of your unit. Also consider the size room you plan on heating to pick a unit that can accommodate your needs.
Fireplace inserts come in a variety of styles and features. Your fireplace will be the focal point of your home so pick a style that fits your home and accentuates your style. Many of these inserts can start with the flip of a switch and offer features such as self cleaning glass doors. These extra features are a matter of preference and can increase the cost of the insert so choose one that matches your needs.