The choice between a fireplace insert and a zero-clearance fireplace depends on your home’s needs. Though both choices provide improved energy efficiency, versatility and many fuel options, there are a few key differences between zero-clearance and insert fireplaces. Zero-clearance fireplaces is a safe option to have the look and feel of a fireplace in your home, as they can be placed next to combustible materials with little risk. Fireplace inserts are generally installed directly into the existing fireplace, requiring little installation.
Zero-clearance fireplaces are pre-fabricated fireplaces that are safe to install within inches of combustible materials like wood, sheetrock or paneling. This type of fireplace is suitable for all houses, including mobile homes (depending on the model). It’s an ideal option for homes that don’t already have a fireplace. This appliance is 7 times more efficient than a masonry fireplace and is designed to fit into a small space. Fuel options for a zero-clearance fireplace include wood, pellets or gas, and many design options ensure you have the zero-clearance fireplace that’s perfect for your home.
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 5 fuel options for fireplace inserts are natural gas, propane, pellet, coal and wood. This choice will depend on the home’s size and your energy efficiency preference. Fireplace inserts also offer extra features, such as a fan or a thermostatic insert, which uses a remote control to regulate the fire. With many design choices, a fireplace insert can also be customized to complement the room it’s in.
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, with the main difference being the installation method. 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.
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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 BBQs & 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!
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Zero-Clearance Fireplaces and Fireplace Inserts are the Perfect Option for Heating Homes in King and South Snohomish Counties
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