Which Gas Fireplace Insert Options Are Best For You And Your Home?

Gas fireplace inserts offer significant benefits over the traditional wood-burning fireplace, from increased cost savings to substantial heat production. There are a number of different options to consider, however, when you choose a gas insert — enough to confuse you if you’re not already familiar with exactly how inserts work.

Gas fireplace inserts offer significant benefits over the traditional wood-burning fireplace, from increased cost savings to substantial heat production. There are a number of different options to consider, however, when you choose a gas insert — enough to confuse you if you’re not already familiar with exactly how inserts work.

Understanding the variety of differences between different models can make the process of picking out your model significantly simpler.

Your Gas Fireplace Insert Options

At Estates Chimney, we’re especially proud to carry the Regency brand of gas fireplace inserts. Known for top-quality products with a specific emphasis on style and efficiency, all Regency fireplace inserts come with a lifetime warranty.

Regency offers several different product lines and style choices. Let’s take a look at the different options available, so you can make an informed choice on which insert is best for you and your home.

Liberty Gas Inserts

Regency’s Liberty High-Efficiency inserts are made for homeowners who want to retain the traditional beauty of a wood-burning fireplace but without any of the hassle that actual wood brings.

These models feature authentic-looking flames emitted from lifelike logs that are placed on a bed of glowing embers. Yet while they look classic, they feature all of the benefits of a gas insert. They even include a blower that will push warm air out into the room, and they’re available with either electronic ignition or a pilot ignition.

Horizon Gas Inserts

While Regency’s Liberty models offer the authentic look of a wood-burning fireplace, some people simply aren’t interested in holding onto the traditional look. You are burning gas, after all — not wood.

If this sounds like your personality, you may prefer the Regency Horizon models. The Horizon goes for a more contemporary look, with flames emitted from a bed of glass crystals. The glass is actually a perfect conductor for the heat produced by the flames and does a great job of emitting heat out into your living area.

Regency’s Horizon models are especially well-suited for personalization, with a number of different colored crystals or ceramic spa stones available.

Energy Gas Inserts

Regency’s Energy models are designed to give you the most bang for your buck, turning your old fireplace into a powerful heating unit. The Energy inserts are capable of producing up to 38,000 BTUs out of their log-covered ceramic burners — plenty to heat a large living room, and possibly more. The Energy inserts also offer Direct Vent, so they don’t use internal air. This makes them perfect for basement areas, or for homes that are airtight.

The Energy gas inserts are also available in the Excalibur design, which features double doors and a classic look.

Different Size Gas Inserts

Several different models are available in various sizes, from large to small. This means there is likely a Regency model that can fit your current fireplace.

Small fireplace inserts are especially appealing because they turn a small opening into a real heating source. What was once little more than a small hole, in other words, can become a respectable heating unit, easily pushing out enough heat to warm a medium-sized room.

Some people find that small fireplace inserts are ideal, even if they want to keep their traditional fireplace in a larger room.

In What Instances Does A Gas Insert Not Work?

You may be hesitant to give up your traditional fireplace, which is perfectly understandable. But there are a few different scenarios in which gas fireplace inserts simply don’t make sense. Not many, mind you … but there are some.

  • If your home is fully electric, adding a gas fireplace may be impractical. You would need to install a source for fuel, and you’d probably need to deal at length with a local utility provider before being able to install the fireplace. All told, that may not be worth the hassle.
  • You might be someone who enjoys chopping wood. And yet gas inserts remove the need to gather, cure and cut wood: You simply turn your fireplace on, and after a few minutes, the room begins to warm. It’s worth noting, however, that most people do discover the convenience of gas to be worth more than the work and hassle of prepping a fire.
  • One other situation in which a gas insert may be impractical: if you have an oddly-sized fireplace. Gas inserts can be installed in most fireplaces, but not all. If you’re worried that your fireplace may not work for an insert, it’s best to have a professional installer come out and look at the opening.

Move Into The Future With A Gas Insert

Interested in learning more about how and why to update your Bucks County, Montgomery County or Philadelphia-area fireplace with a gas insert? Please feel free to get in touch with the Estates Chimney team today.


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