Who doesn’t love sitting by the fireplace, enjoying the warmth it provides and listening to its soothing wood-crackling sound? While traditional fireplaces are the gold standard for comfort in colder months, homeowners may want a little more from their fireplace, like heating efficiency. Where traditional fireplaces fall short, fireplace inserts pick up the slack without sacrificing aesthetics. This guide will cover what fireplace inserts are, the types of inserts, and how to choose between them.
A fireplace insert is an enclosed, fireproof combustion box that helps to trap heat, contain the fire, and make your fireplace more efficient for your home. Most fireplace inserts are constructed of steel or cast iron to withstand high temperatures, and they have self-cleaning insulated glass on the front. Both these components allow your fireplace to trap heat efficiently, and some units have blowers that distribute the hot air throughout your room.