That time of year has arrived, much to the dismay of many of us. Yesterday marked the first official day of Fall. The nights are starting to get colder and the annual process of preparing for winter has begun with homeowners all over.

While many rely on heat from a furnace or other automated method, many homes have heat supplemented, or even fully heated, with fireplaces. Fireplace shapes, sizes and styles can vary greatly. Their functionality and ease of use can vary greatly as well.

Regardless of the type of fireplace in the home, it can be a great source of heat and comfort for homeowners and their loved ones. However, depending on the type of fireplace, it requires a lot of work. Many homes with traditional wood-burning fireplaces certainly fall into the previously mentioned category of hard work. These homeowners certainly are already thinking about ordering enough wood for the winter, or even splitting it themselves if they’re truly ambitious. The process of preparation we discussed at the beginning of this post is strenuous and stressful for wood-burning fireplace owners. Even if wood is delivered to your door, it most often requires stacking into storage for the cold months ahead. Stacking the wood not only requires a lot of work, it can take up a lot of valuable space in a garage or shed.

Even after the wood is prepared, the work isn’t done. Wood-burning fireplaces require a full winter’s worth of hauling the wood and cleaning ash and soot from the fireplace on a regular basis. Wood-burning fireplaces also often let in a lot of cold drafts and let out heat through the flue. But, many people still love the beauty, relaxation and comfortable heat a fireplace provides.

Fortunately, there’s a great alternative to wood-burning fireplaces—gas fireplace inserts. Fireplace inserts provide all the beauty, warmth and efficiency of a wood-burning fireplace with little (or none) of the hassle and work. Lighting these gas inserts is literally as easy as flipping a switch. At BelRed, our Heat & Glo gas inserts use natural gas or propane, which eliminates all hassle of hauling wood and manually starting a fire each time you need heat. Even when the power is out, these gas fireplace inserts still light at the touch of a button, providing peace of mind when it comes to wondering where your heat is going to come from in the instance of an outage.

Beautiful custom surrounds are available with these Heat & Glo inserts and can fit most masonry fireplaces. Owners who have installed these fireplace units love the remote that controls flame size and heat output—making comfort and beauty management a breeze. Speaking of breeze, gas fireplace inserts all but eliminate drafts from leaky flues, making sure heat stays in your home and cold air stays out. These fireplaces are direct vent, meaning they will not alter the quality of indoor room air; the sealed combustion chamber draws in fresh air from outdoors and vents back outside.

In summary, BelRed’s Heat & Glo fireplace inserts bring beauty, warmth and efficiency back to your masonry fireplace:

  • Using natural gas or propane, there is no wood to haul
  • Even when the power is out, they light at the touch of a button
  • Available remote to control flame size and heat output
  • Advanced materials duplicate the look and feel of real wood-burning fires
  • Modern finishes, glass and ceramic mediums, and linear burners are available to add contemporary flair
  • Custom surrounds are available to fit most masonry fireplaces

If you think it’s time to explore having a gas fireplace installed to replace your wood fireplace, give us a call today for a quick and easy consultation.

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