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Have you been considering updating your traditional masonry fireplace? If you have noticed your heating bills increasing each winter, the reason may be that your old fireplace is not as efficient as it used to be. You actually lose more heat than you gain with a traditional open fireplace because the majority of the heated air exits out of your chimney. Fortunately, you do have some options for updating this fireplace with a new fireplace insert that will heat your home much more efficiently and economically. Ashbusters sells and installs wood-burning and gas fireplace inserts, and we would like to tell you more about the differences between these two options to help you decide which type of insert will work best for you.

Atmosphere

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For some people, there is nothing like the smells, sights, and sounds of a wood-burning fire. Even though gas fireplaces have come a long way, their flames are just too unrealistic for people who are used to a wood-burning fireplace. If you love sitting by your older fireplace to take in its sensory experiences, you will most likely be happier with a wood-burning fireplace insert.

Convienience

If you have ever had trouble getting a fire started in your traditional fireplace, you will appreciate being able to ignite a fire in your gas fireplace insert by pushing a button on a remote control from your couch. Owning a wood-burning insert means you will have to store firewood outside, and bringing in pieces of wood whenever you want a fire can be a hassle. Gas fireplace inserts are basically worry-free as they are easy to operate and do not require chores like bringing in wood or sweeping up ashes after a fire.

Efficiency

Newer technology has allowed wood-burning inserts to be much more efficient than older, traditional masonry fireplaces, and most models are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with efficiency ratings of 60 to 80 percent. However, according to HouseLogic, gas fireplace inserts are slightly more efficient, with ratings from 58 to 85 percent.

Cost

Both of these fireplaces inserts will reduce the amount of money you spend on your heating bills, but a wood-burning insert will save you more money. The cost of firewood is typically cheaper than the cost of natural gas, and you could even be able to cut your own wood for free. You also need to consider whether or not you will need to have a gas line installed for a gas insert as this can be a pricey job.

Considering updating your old masonry fireplace? Contact us at Ashbusters to find out more about wood-burning and gas fireplace inserts. Our staff can help you decide which one will work best for you.