Depending on the model purchased, the insert will either fit flush with the fireplace face brick or protrude onto the hearth. The protruding design is more efficient since it provides additional radiant heat from the exposed top and sides. The National Fire Protection Association requires that fireplace inserts be installed with a direct connection between the insert exhaust outlet and nearest section of flue liner. This allows smoke and gases faster passage and less time to condense in the flue and form hazardous creosote.
A fireplace insert is an easy way to increase the efficiency of your existing fireplace while at the same time enhancing its visual appeal. Fireplace inserts arent intended for whole house heating, but will add supplemental, zoned heat to your home. Most older fireplaces are only 5-10% efficient. This inefficiency is the result of an open hearth that produces only slightly more warm air than it consumes.
Fireplaces do not have to be installed in a concrete or brick wall with a chimney anymore with the advances of technology. There are now Free Standing Fireplaces that can be put just about anywhere that you want to put them. There are many designs, colors, and sizes to choose from as well. You could have a small fireplace set in the middle of your patio, or you could have a large all glass fireplace sitting in the middle of your living room. The sky is the limit when it comes to these types of fireplaces.
One important element of mantel decorating is how you balance your objects in the space. Symmetry brings your eye across the mantel, which is better for a more streamlined, simple approach. For homes with a more classic and conservative aesthetic, this is a popular look. If you prefer a more modern style, vary the height of your accessories to achieve the look that best fits your personality. You’ll also want to pay attention to scale so that your statement pieces don’t overwhelm the space. Play around with different shapes, textures and colors to discover the right proportions. You may be surprised how much you like the look of a bold pop of color or a tall statement piece.
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