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Is a Wood, Gas, or Electric Fireplace Right for You?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Now that fall is here, there's nothing better than curling up to a nice, warm fire, not to mention a well maintained, easy-to-use fireplaces is an attraction for buyers if you're thinking of selling your home.

A fireplace will help you keep cozy, and is energy efficient. If you're looking to add a new fireplace or upgrade an existing one, here are some options.

Wood burning fireplaces are great for those who love an open fire, burning wood and the sound of crackling logs. And, there are efficient and beautiful advanced wood-burning fireplaces available. They emit less smoke than traditional wood-burning fireplaces and distribute heat better in your home.

Electric fireplaces are the perfect way to set the mood, and temperature, at the flick of a switch. They are safe, convenient, low maintenance and cost little to install. Electric fireplaces won't add to the value of your home like other types of fireplaces, they are great for small spaces, apartments and condos and don't require a chimney or outdoor venting.
 
Gas fireplaces are popular options because they are clean burning, efficient and don't require a chimney. Like electric, gas fireplaces can also be turned on by a switch and controlled with a remote. They replicate the flame of real wood-burning fireplaces, gas is more energy efficient and you won't need to worry about cleaning up wood chips or ashes.
 
Interested in a new or upgraded fireplace, contact Custom Insulation Co.

Electric Fireplaces for Renters and Smaller Homes

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Electric Fireplaces are perfect for homes in Worcester because electric fireplaces are perfect for apartments, rental homes, smaller homes, or homes where the chimney has been closed off.  The Lennox electric fireplace installs almost anywhere.

A fireplace is not just for warmth, you want one for atmosphere and ambience in your living room too. Electric fireplaces aren’t what you expect, not the Lennox anyway. They have a realistic fire, and the Lennox electric fireplace gives out 5000 BTU’s.

Not to mention, they are so pretty that they serve as decoration pieces in your home even when they are not lit.  A Lennox 27-inch electric fireplace is for individuals who love the beauty and warmth of a true fire, but don't have the extra space for a fireplace installation. The MPE-27 electric fireplace is the answer to automatic home comfort with simple set up and easy installation capabilities.

If you live in an apartment in the city where there is no venting; if you are a renter or you’ll possibly be moving soon; or you simply don’t want the cost of a traditional fireplace, contact Custom Insulation, and consider an electric fireplace.

Make your Home More Efficient and Stop Warm Air from Escaping Out the Chimney

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Homeowners spend millions each year caulking, replacing windows & doors, and weather stripping to make their home more energy efficient. But, one of the biggest culprits of energy loss is the chimney.

When you have a fire in your fireplace, the chimney works great. It acts as a funnel and takes smoke and dangerous gasses away.

But, your chimneys work even when there is no fire. This is the easiest escape route for the warm air in your home. You can tell that air is escaping through your chimney if your chimney has cold air in it or if you feel powerful drafts from very small gaps in your windows or doors.

Cold air can't get in unless it is going out at the same speed.

How do you stop this?

  1. Install a wood burning or pellet stove or fireplace insert. By installing a wood or pellet stove or insert you not only cut down on your energy bill by stopping the warm air from going up the chimney, but you also cut down on your energy bill in using  the new stove. Wood and pellet heat is a far more economical way to heat your home than oil, electricity or gas.
  2. Insulate your chimney. By insulating your chimney you eliminate drafts. Stop the warm air from escaping the hole in your roof, and stop the cold air from coming in through other avenues when the air is no longer leaving your home. Boarding up your chimney makes your fireplace and eye sore, insulating your chimney is easy and efficient, and you fireplace still can look beautiful.
Contact Custom Insulation to see how we can help you make your home more efficient by stopping the warm air that leaves through your chimney.




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