If you have a fireplace, you know that one of the benefits is that cozy feeling that you get from sitting in front of a crackling blaze on a cold winter evening. If you’re actually looking for heating efficiency, however, you probably know that a wood burning open hearth isn’t really effective. Much of the heat, rather than going into the room, will go right up the chimney. If you don’t want to give up that feeling but want increased efficiency, a wood burning insert might be the way to go.
Benefits of a Wood Insert
If you’re planning to add a wood burning insert to your existing fireplace, you’ll want to make sure that it is properly vented through your chimney. Usually the best way to do this is to install a stainless steel liner from the top of your new insert to the top of the chimney; this not only is efficient, but it also will make it easier to inspect and to clean.
The reason this is so important is that, even though you won’t have a regular fireplace with a firebox, you will need to control creosote build-up, just like if you did have one. In fact, because of the size difference, you may see an even greater amount of creosote build-up occur. That’s why it’s so important that you give Owens Chimney Systems a call when you’re thinking about installing a wood burning insert as well. We know how to properly size your chimney liner to fit your new insert so that you don’t get an excessive amount of creosote build-up. It is also wise to consider installing your insert so that it can be easily removed to make inspection and cleaning easier.
Great Savings on Energy Bills
Warm air from your fireplace directed up and out of your chimney raises your heating costs. Consider a wood insert to fix this problem. Although you will have the initial cost of the insert and installation, by the end of the winter you should see the savings starting to add up.
Inspection and Cleaning
At Owen Chimney Systems, we have many options to choose from when it comes to purchasing a wood insert. Our staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and will offer great advice when it comes to your new wood insert. In addition, when it’s time for your annual inspection, we check out your creosote levels, too. Stop paying those high energy bills and convert your fireplace to a wood insert. You’ll enjoy the beauty of a crackling fire with the added benefit of saving some money! It’s a win-win situation!