When seasons change and the holidays start approaching, there’s nothing quite cozier than curling up in front of a warm, crackling fire. However, traditional fireplaces can be inefficient, losing a significant amount of heat through the chimney. That’s where fireplace inserts come in. Many homeowners turn to inserts to add improved warmth and ambiance to their homes. …but are they really efficient?

Quick answer – yes! In you’re in San Antonio or somewhere surrounding, count on Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace for your fireplace replacement needs.

What Is a Fireplace Insert?

A fireplace insert essentially is a stove that’s designed to fit into an existing fireplace opening. It can be fueled by gas, wood, or pellets, and it can significantly increase the efficiency of a traditional fireplace. A fireplace insert is typically made of cast iron or steel and features insulated glass doors that help to keep the heat inside.

How Do Fireplace Inserts Work?

Fireplace inserts work by capturing the heat that’s normally lost up through the chimney and circulating it back into the room. The insulated glass doors of the insert create a barrier that prevents the warm air from escaping, and the insert’s blower fan helps to circulate the warm air around the room. Fireplace inserts are designed to use a closed combustion system, meaning that you can enjoy the warmth of a fire without losing as much heat through the chimney.

Are Fireplace Inserts Efficient?

The efficiency of a fireplace insert can vary depending on several factors, including the type of insert, the quality of the installation, and the type of fuel used. In general, though, fireplace inserts are much more efficient than traditional fireplaces.

A traditional fireplace typically has an efficiency rating of around 10%, which means that 90% of the heat is lost up and out through the chimney. Whereas, a fireplace insert can have an efficiency rating of up to 80%, meaning that only 20% of the heat is lost. This means that fireplace inserts are able to keep more heat in your home, keeping your space warmer with less effort. 

Benefits of Fireplace Inserts

There are several benefits to installing a fireplace insert in your home, including:

  • Variety of Fuel Types: Fireplace inserts can use a variety of fuel types giving homeowners flexibility when choosing what works best for their home. Choose from great options like natural gas, propane, wood, pellets, coal, or electric.
  • Increased Efficiency: As we mentioned earlier, a fireplace insert can significantly increase the efficiency of your fireplace. This means that you’ll be able to heat your home more efficiently, which can help to reduce your energy bills.
  • Improved Safety: Traditional fireplaces can be a safety hazard, as sparks and embers can fly out of the fireplace and cause a fire. Fireplace inserts, on the other hand, have insulated glass doors that prevent sparks and embers from escaping, making them much safer.
  • Increased Comfort: A fireplace insert can help to create a more comfortable living space by providing a steady source of heat. This means that you won’t have to rely on your central heating system as much, which can help to reduce your energy bills.

Factors that Affect Fireplace Insert Efficiency

While fireplace inserts are generally more efficient than traditional fireplaces, there are several factors that can affect their efficiency, including:

  • Quality of Installation: The quality of the installation can have a significant impact on the efficiency of a fireplace insert. A poorly installed insert can lead to air leaks, which can reduce the efficiency of the insert. This is why trusting an experienced tech that is certified and knows their stuff is essential.
  • Type of Fuel: The type of fuel that’s used in the insert can also affect its efficiency. For example, a gas insert may be more efficient than a wood-burning insert, as it’s easier to control the temperature and the flames.
  • Size of Insert: The size of the insert can also affect its efficiency. An insert that’s too small for the fireplace opening won’t be able to generate as much heat, while an insert that’s too large may generate too much heat and make the room uncomfortable. Again, be sure to consult a pro!

Trust Us to Install Your New Insert

Fireplace inserts can be a great addition to your home, providing warmth, comfort, and safety. They’re much more efficient than traditional fireplaces, but their efficiency can be affected by several factors. If you’re considering installing a fireplace insert, be sure to do your research and work with a professional company you can trust like Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace. Our certified chimney technicians are expertly trained to handle all of your fireplace and chimney repairs and more.

Our professional crew is ready to help you out. Call 830-620-9130 or schedule online today.