Choosing The Right Fireplace Insert

Image result for fireplace insertsA gas fireplace insert is a great way to efficiently heat a room. It allows people to have the cozy look and feel of a wood burning fireplace, without all of the work. There is no need to chop wood, collect kindling, hoard newspaper, clean chimneys or remove piles of ashes. With a simple twist of a nob, users can instantly create a charming fire.

Not only are gas fireplace inserts extremely convenient, they are amazingly efficient. On average, they are said to have 75 to 85 percent energy efficiency. Not to shabby, considering a wood burning fire without an insert typically only produces 5 to 10 percent. Gas fireplace inserts are also estimated to generate 25,000 to 40,000 BTU. That can effortlessly heat a room without requiring any additional heat source.

Unlike its electric insert counterpart, gas fireplace inserts require professional installation. The gas insert needs to be connected to a gas line. It uses two tubes to direct the airflow. One tube is used to provide fresh air. The other tube is used to as an exhaust.

Gas inserts have a closed combustion system. The combustion system is generated by trapping fresh air and heat. Blowers then send hot air out of the insert through vents. Inserts with blowers need to be plugged into an outlet to work. The intensification of heat and perpetuation of the heat source is what makes gas fireplace inserts so effective and efficient.

To give the fireplace an “authentic” appearance, gas inserts typically have ceramic logs, which go on top of the gas burner. The gas flame climbs through the ceramic logs making them appear to be burning like wooden logs. Some inserts use glass or crystal rocks to give the illusion of burning ice. Neither the ceramic logs nor the rocks are actually on fire. The flames are simply burning around them. This means that the logs never need to be replaced.

As with anything that uses gas as an energy source, it is important to be sure the gas insert does not have any leaks. This is often difficult to identify since the gas is cleanly burned. The best way to be sure if there is a gas leak is to use a carbon monoxide detector. These relatively small devices plug into any standard outlet and beep when a gas leak is detected (much like a smoke alarm does when it detects smoke).

On average, gas fireplace inserts cost between $1,250 and $3,000. The drastic difference is based on the insert model and its subsequent features. Gas inserts with expensive crystal rocks or thermostat controls tend to be much more expensive than those with just a glass frame and open glass frame. The efficiency and energy output can also have a significant effect on the insert price.

Make Your Hardwood Floor Dazzle

hardwood floor care

You probabaly read my last article on how to  article and bought the best hardwood floor. You have installed it and it looks beautiful. Does’nt it? I love the hardwood floor look and I am sure so do you. Now you got a new job at hand, how to keep your hardwood floors clean. Well I will take it a little further and give you tips on how to make it dazzle.

First remember that you have invested a lot and hardwood floors are a lifetime investment. If you want to keep it for a long time then its very important that you keep it clean and scratch free.

  1. Place Protector pads on ALL furniture legs on wood floor
  2. Place walk off mats on areas, which are in constant use.
  3. Sweeping, mopping is very useful and so is vacuum cleaning to remove that dirty dirt.

Periodic cleaning and following maintenance tips provided by the hardwood floor manufacturer is very helpful. Now-a-days we get a full instruction manual on how to clean the hardwood floors and maintain it so for a long time.

Also keep the hardwood floor scratch free. Scratches from cats nails are not so easily preventable.

Use of wood cleaners will help you a long way in keeping you floors shiny.

Floors should be swept regularly, and dust mops are recommended for dust.

If you have an engineered flooring material, consider using a special vacuum for laminate floors to help keep them as clean as possible. 

Use of water is not recommended if the finish is already damaged

Hardwood floors need regular and careful cleaning with suggested wood cleaners to enhance their life and beauty.It will serve you a long way.

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