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.
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.
A tastefully designed mantel is one of the most important design aspects of a living space. It’s often the first thing the eye is drawn to when entering a room. Much like the rest of our homes, the way we decorate our mantels is a direct reflection of our style. Want to update your mantel, but not sure where to begin? We’ve come up with some tips and ideas to get you on your way to a stylish display.
Fireplaces create an ambience and keep us warm when it’s cold outside, they are one of the coziest pieces for any room. You can create a special nook around your fireplace, it’s especially cool when you don’t have much space but want to feel the coziness and warmth sitting next to it. When I see these nooks, I only think of curling there till spring comes because they are so gorgeous! Soft seats or even daybeds next to a fireplace or hearth, cushions on the floors or dining zones next to the fire – this is the comfiest place in the world after your bed in the morning. Have a look at the ideas and design your own one.
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