Of course, modern homes do not need to worry so much about this functionality, so the fireplace design has become a bit more of an artful focal point, yet they usually still remain in the corner of a room. There are plenty of online sources that offer unique Scandinavian-style fireplaces, so take a look and see if you can find one to add this warm eclectic touch to your home.
It’s a long winter, so a fireplace is a must! Unlike North American homes, Scandinavian fireplaces do not usually take center- stage in the middle of one wall. They were never meant to be ornate centerpieces with mantles to decorate. Rather, these fireplaces were functional and meant to provide warmth and a place to cook.
A fireplace insert is an easy way to increase the efficiency of your existing fireplace while at the same time enhancing its visual appeal. Fireplace inserts arent intended for whole house heating, but will add supplemental, zoned heat to your home. Most older fireplaces are only 5-10% efficient. This inefficiency is the result of an open hearth that produces only slightly more warm air than it consumes.
Depending on the model purchased, the insert will either fit flush with the fireplace face brick or protrude onto the hearth. The protruding design is more efficient since it provides additional radiant heat from the exposed top and sides. The National Fire Protection Association requires that fireplace inserts be installed with a direct connection between the insert exhaust outlet and nearest section of flue liner. This allows smoke and gases faster passage and less time to condense in the flue and form hazardous creosote.
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