The choice between a fireplace insert and zero-clearance fireplace depends on your home’s needs. Both choices provide improved energy efficiency, versatility and many fuel options, but there are a few key differences between zero-clearance and insert fireplaces.
Advantages of Zero-Clearance Fireplaces
Zero-clearance fireplaces are pre-fabricated fireplaces that are safe to install within inches of combustible materials like wood, sheet rock or paneling. This type of fireplace is suitable for all houses, including mobile homes. It’s an ideal option for homes that don’t already have a fireplace. They’re seven times more efficient than a masonry fireplace and are designed to fit into a small space. Fuel options for a zero-clearance fireplace include wood, pellets or gas, and many design options are available.
A fireplace insert is placed directly inside your existing masonry or metal fireplace. One big difference between a masonry fireplace and a fireplace insert is that the insert comes with insulated glass doors that radiate heat into the room and increase heat efficiency. The fuel options for fireplace inserts are natural gas, propane, pellet, coal and wood. This choice will depend on the home’s size and your preference. Fireplace inserts also offer extra features, such as a fan or a thermostatic insert, which uses a remote control to regulate the fire.
Zero-Clearance vs. Fireplace Insert – Which is Best for You?
Both zero-clearance fireplaces and fireplace inserts are excellent home heating options. They’re both energy efficient and low maintenance options. If you have an old fireplace you want to improve, consider an insert. If your home doesn’t have a fireplace already, a zero-clearance fireplace is likely the best option.
All Points Heating & Fireplace
All Points Heating’s skilled technicians can help you choose, install and maintain your fireplace. We also specialize in air & water heating, air conditioning, air quality, and stove systems, as well as BBQ s & outdoor living, and home power generators. We provide 24/7 service & maintenance as well. So give us a call or email today for all your heating and cooling needs, and don’t forget to check out our special online offers!
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