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Refining Your Living Space With Gas Fireplaces

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, November 16, 2019

There are relatively few home upgrades that go noticed day-in and day-out. One of the most rewarding home upgrades is converting that old or under-utilized traditional wood burning fireplace with the modern beauty and efficient gas fireplace.

The modern gas fireplace provides constant comfort and ambiance for significantly less energy costs as compared to wood burning alternatives. From traditional beauty to a modern refined look, your gas fireplace stunning style will fit your taste.

There are countless different styles and designs of gas fireplaces with any number of them certain to match your style and heating requirements. Combining style and efficiency, the modern gas fireplace provides a complete heating solutions at a fraction of the physical work of natural wood solutions. It stands to reason that with less work and less cost, you’re certain to utilize your gas fireplace resource more often. Maintaining and operating your gas fireplace is as simple as flipping the switch.

A Gas Burning Fireplace are great investment as well. It is one of those features that real estate agents define as a positive return on investment upgrade. For more tips of gas fireplace, contact Fireplace showcase.

Basement Heating Options to Keep You Warm This Winter

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 06, 2019
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The leaves are changing, the nights are getting longer, and that means that winter is on its way. If you’ve chosen to turn your home’s basement into a separate living space – whether it’s a game room, movie lounge, or man cave – you’ve probably discovered the challenges of keeping the room warm. Luckily, we’ve evaluated all the different basement heating options, so you can find the combination that works best for your home and budget.

Energy-Efficient Methods to Heat Your Basement

You may be able to insulate and keep your basement warmer without adding additional heat sources. Simply making the area more energy-efficient, or better able to retain heat, may be all that you need. As a bonus, insulating the basement will make it more comfortable in the summer as well.

Add or Replace Carpet

Carpet is made up of fibers that dissipate heat slower than tile, or the concrete slabs that many unfinished basements have. Carpeting your basement, or even laying down thick floor rugs, helps keep heat in the room and stops it from leaching into the slab flooring.

Before you choose to carpet your basement, there are a couple of things to consider. First, if you have a leak or flooding issue, don’t carpet your floors until the leak is fixed. Second, determine how high you want your pile height. If you have problems with spiders or other bugs in your basement, it’s easy for them to hide and lay eggs in high-pile carpeting. In these cases, a Berber carpet or carpet tiles may work best.

Install Additional Insulation

If you have cinder block walls in your basement, simply laying down carpet may not be enough to keep the heat in. If you’re committing to refinishing your basement to create another bedroom or living room, make sure that you insulate the walls. Spray foam is also a great choice for insulating basement walls to keep out the cold air. Typically, insulation that’s rated with an R-value of R-10 to R-19 is the right thickness.

Framing in your cinder block walls can make the basement look nicer, as well. When you choose to do this, check with a licensed contractor to make sure that the insulation job is completed correctly. As with carpeting your basement, if you have leaks you should fix those first. Otherwise, you may end up with leaks between the foundation and interior walls, which can be damaging to the house.

Replace Windows and Doors

If you’re framing in your basement walls, take the opportunity to replace the windows and doors with double-paned, energy-efficient versions. You’ll also want to make sure that the interior walls are flush with the door and window frames to prevent drafts. If you live somewhere that’s especially cold, like Buffalo, NY, adding thermal curtains to the windows and exterior basement doors will help provide additional heat retention.

Inspect For Leaks

Water leaks aren’t the only leaks you should be looking for when improving the heat retention of your basement. The windows and walk-out doors may have seals that are worn or cracked, or that don’t fit tightly against the frames, creating heat loss. Have a professional home inspector – the kind that you’d hire when buying a house – check your basement thoroughly for leaks and drafts.

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Warm Your Basement by Adding Extra Heat

If you’ve already implemented the above methods and your basement is still too cold, you may need to add additional heat. There are a few options depending on who will be using the room and your personal preference.

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Heated Flooring

If you want your feet to feel extra toasty, you can have a heated floor installed in your basement. Basement floor heating uses either electrical wiring or circulating hot water to provide low-level, dispersed ambient heating to the floor. This can be used under a cement floor, or under tiling, hardwood, or carpeting. The radiant heated flooring can give an overall warmth to the basement without drying out the air.

Radiant floor heating systems are easy upgrades when you’re building a new home. However, if you want to install heated flooring in an already-existing basement, then you’ll probably have to have the slab flooring removed, the heated floor installed, and then a new cement floor poured. This project can take time and be costly, so it’s important that you shop around for quotes.

Additional Heat Vents

Consider having your home’s existing ductwork adjusted to add heat vents to the room. Check with a professional home inspector or HVAC contractor to make sure that your home can accommodate the extra work. Most homes typically have forced-air heating and cooling systems. Installing ductwork and heating vents is easier in the basement since most homes have the furnace located there anyway. However, you may need to take out the ceiling or walls to accommodate additional ductwork, so factor this in when budgeting. It’s important to note that you will need a residential permit to make changes to your home’s ventilation system.

Use Space Heaters

Perhaps the simplest basement heating option is to place space heaters in the area. They can warm a small to medium-sized room and don’t require installation or maintenance. Because they don’t need to constantly run, they can also reduce electricity costs. Some examples of space heaters include – electric space heaters or electric fireplaces, radiant space heaters, and ceramic space heaters. If you decide to add a space heater to your basement, be sure to purchase new, not used, to ensure that you have one with up-to-date safety features.

Install Baseboard Heaters

Baseboard heaters provide a simple and affordable solution for heating your home. Baseboard heating doesn’t require ductwork, making it an ideal solution in rooms where adding new ducts might not be an option. They also work great to supplement an existing basement heating system in newer homes. With baseboard heaters, you can focus the heat into just the areas where you need it. You can also control them individually with separate thermostats or turn them on or off, as needed.

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Use Fireplaces

Basement fireplaces can be an effective and cozy addition to your space. There are a variety of options you can choose from including traditional wood-burning, gas, and fireplace inserts. While the atmosphere created by a wood-burning fireplace is hard to duplicate, they can be challenging to install in a basement, because they require a vertical flue. Gas fireplaces, which burn natural gas or propane, are a good wood-burning alternative, as they are clean, simple to use, and effective heat sources. Gas fireplaces don’t need to vent vertically and can actually vent horizontally if specifications are met. However, avoid using vent-less or unvented gas products in basements as their moisture production can exacerbate an already humid environment.

Additionally, if you have an existing fireplace and you want to restore it with something more convenient and cost-effective, consider using a fireplace insert. A fireplace insert can burn gas, wood, or pellets, and is an environmentally friendly and efficient way of distributing heat throughout your basement. PRO TIP: “Additional advantages of gas or fireplace inserts are that they do not require electricity to operate. Plus the high-efficiency models can heat a large space in the event of a power outage.

The better models also feature thermostatic operation so they will not overheat the space and will either turn the flame up and down to modulate the heat output or cut themselves on/off based on the room temperature.” – Karen Duke, Victorian Fireplace Shop.

Basement Heating Options: Final Thoughts

When you’re installing your heating components, make sure to consult with a licensed contractor to ensure that you’re following safety protocols and meeting your local building codes. Staying warm in the winter can be simple. With just a few upgrades, you can continue to enjoy your basement during the colder months, regardless of how low the temperatures get.

For more information about basement heating, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Originally published by Redfin

Why More Homeowners Are Switching To Pellet Fireplace Inserts

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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As the outside temperature steadily drops, it's time to assess the economic effectiveness of your home’s heating systems. People are waking up to the fact that the traditional home fireplace creates an appealing ergonomic effect but they simply don't deliver an economical source of heat. So much of the combustion heat simply goes up and out of the chimney. We want you to know that you can do something to improve your existing fireplace’s heating effectiveness while simultaneously reducing your heating cost. Do this via a pellet fireplace insert as the perfect upgrade to your existing fireplace. Here are the best features of pellet burning fireplace inserts.

Energy Efficient

A pellet fireplace insert lets you enjoy the sufficient heat with 70% efficiency or beyond. This is because of its modern design and technology plus utilizes renewable energy which offers you long-term savings on your energy bills.

Convenient

This heat appliance provides instant heat and ambiance and extinguishes it just as fast. It saves you from the labor of hauling and chopping logs and the mess associated with wood fires.

Comfortable Temperatures

You have full control in managing the amount of heat delivered.

Safer to Use

Safely operating traditional fireplaces requires various labor and monetary costs. In order to ensure that your home is safe from natural wood fires, homeowners are compelled to clean their chimney and flue regularly. On the other hand, pellet inserts create clean fire that only produces minimal creosote. This means there is less risk for fire incidence related to fireplace in your home.

For more information about pellet fireplace inserts, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Wood-Burning Fireplace Inserts Will Make Your Open Fireplaces More Efficient

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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If you next home improvement project involves improving that tired looking and inefficient masonry hearth, then look no further than fireplace inserts from the Fireplace Showcase. Our fireplace inserts will turn your old fireplace into an elegant and efficient home heating source. We’ve been serving New England home owners for years.

Homeowners transitioning from open fireplaces to wood burning inserts enjoy greater effectiveness and efficiency from their fireplace. We professionally install the wood fireplace insert inside your existing open fireplace to significantly improve the beauty and heating efficiency of your home. Wood-burning fireplace inserts are preferred by many homeowners since they employ the use of renewable resources. The heat produce is efficient and easy to use. Thy contribute to decreasing your home heating bills while keeping your home comfortably warm during winter.

Inserts have several other advantages not limited to:

  • Lowers energy cost
  • Minimizes related outlays to heating systems
  • Improving the efficiency of an outdated masonry fireplace
  • It uses a renewable energy fuel
  • Elegant and generates cozy heating
  • Creates a focal point in the living space
  • Affordable and effortless home improvement

Due to the aforementioned advantages, homeowners have realized that fireplace inserts are the ideal approach to stay warm and economize during the colder months while letting you maximize the heating efficiency of your fireplace.

If you want to get most out of your existing fireplace, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Why Swap Your Natural Wood Fireplace Out For Gas

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Soon we’ll turn the heat on inside and that includes enjoying the calming warmth of our fireplaces. Most will agree that there are plenty of non-calming issues regarding natural wood fireplaces. We need to source the wood, prepare the wood, stack it, and continually feed and stoke the natural wood fire. Gas fireplaces require none of that.

You can easily replace your traditional wood-burning fireplace with a more efficient gas fireplace that offers zero compromise on ambiance. Add eliminating chimney sweeps to the list of advantages listed previously. There are many stunningly effective brands and models of gas fireplaces and we can help you sort through them all to find the best value for your taste and budget. You’ll love being introduced to the litany of gas fireplace features that include:

  • An extensive selection, available in an array of sizes to suit various design and architecture needs.
  • State of the art media for the interior of the fireplace, ranging from ceramic stones to log sets.
  • Modern frame-less gas fireplaces with clean lines and seamless designs in over 60 models
  • Corner view fireplaces that offer flexible architectural design solutions.
  • Three-sided fireplaces with stunning architectural elements that can be enjoyed from multiple angles in a space.
  • Space saver fireplaces offer a unique way to separate spaces using visually stunning fire features with a view that is captivating from any angle.
  • Control your fireplace from a smartphone app.

Let us help you design the fireplace of your dreams well within your budget. For more tips on gas fireplace considerations, contact Fireplace Showcase.

Vermont Castings Wood Insert and Stove Sale

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 10, 2019

Feel Warm Satisfaction Next to Your New Fireplace?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Sitting by the fireplace, simply watching the flames and enjoying its warmth is a timeless pastime. Countless people testify that sitting next to a hearth makes them feel calmer after a long stressful day at work. For many homeowners, investing in a top of the range wood fireplace insert is a sound decision for this heating equipment works beyond providing external warmth but it also warms up and calms a person's inner senses.

The relaxing feeling that we experience when we gather close to the fireplace is believed to be evolutionary. We inherited this response to fire from stone age people. In the modern world, wood fireplace inserts are now used and we consider it as our little campfire inside our home. This heating device is more than just an accessory in to our living space, but it help us survive the cold winter months, both physically and emotionally. Huddling with our families near the hearth will help us feel safe and secure even during rough winter weather.

If you want to restore your old hearth instantly, wood-burning fireplace insert will provide the instant new look to the old fireplace. It's also more convenient to use that than the traditional fireplace but gives you the same warmth, aroma and ambience that we enjoy from conventional hearth. Before the winter kicks in, now is the right time to find for the perfect wood-burning fireplace insert for your home. Contact The Fireplace Showcase, we carry several leading brands of modern wood fireplace inserts.

Heat Your Home With Renewable Fuel -- Pellet Stoves and Inserts

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 27, 2019

Pellet stoves and inserts are increasingly popular and they are now getting a special spot in the living space. In days gone by, they were typically only utilized in the basement. Today, pellet stoves are placed in the main level of the house to provide comfortable and economical heat with great ambience.

Waste products of pellet stoves and pellet fireplace inserts stay out of the landfill. New inventions on renewable energy are being developed to resolve high heating charges which is a common household issue during frigid months. More homeowners are now smart to warm their homes for less by using renewable fuel source such as pellets.

Pellets are produced from wood scrap. Wood scraps are processed to turn into pellets which are packed in 40 lb bags and sold to the market. They are affordable as compared to other forms of fuel. Also, they are easy to use, transport and store in contrast with wood.

The advent of pellet stove or insert enables households to avail local renewable fuel that is affordable and readily available. It will help you reduce your energy bill while ensuring the warmth of your home in winter. To learn more about pellet stoves and inserts contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Best Gas Fireplace Inserts Improvements

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 20, 2019

Good news for all gas fire place lovers out there, there are major new innovations which dramatically improve fireplace efficiency and other benefits. Homeowners have increasingly choose gas-fueled fireplaces inserts for economy, efficiency, and for visual effects.

Gas Fireplace Inserts are designed to replace inefficient wood fireplaces with new and cleaner burning appliances placed inside of the existing fire place structure. Inserts are the most high-demand service that we provide.

Inserts are simply placed within your existing fireplace. They allow you to avoid expensive and inconvenient renovations when you seek to upgrade your home. Gas fireplaces inserts are incredibly convenient. Due to ease of use, they are popular for the purpose of zone heating. When you are zone heating, you turn off the central heating system and rely on other heat sources such as gas fireplaces.

Modern fireplace inserts has been improved and are much more efficient than older open fireplaces. You can add a blower to your gas fireplace. A lot of these appliances come with louvers in the front side, where you can easily add a blower. Not only are they easy to install, but they can also make the gas fireplace inserts more efficient. Hot air will be blown into your room in a better way.

Utility bills are lower when you can turn down the thermostat on a central furnace and use the gas fireplace as a supplemental heat source. Highly efficient natural gas fireplace inserts, for example, can heat up to 1,000 square feet of living space at low cost. In order for the inserts to work properly, an insert needs a proper chimney liner. A fireplace insert is like a wood stove that has been modified by its manufacturer to fit within the firebox of a masonry fireplace. Inserts are used to convert masonry fireplaces, which are inefficient and polluting, into effective heating systems.

Once you install a gas fireplace inserts, you will enjoy the ease of operation. They will last for 20-30 years when well maintained. The days of buying and splitting wood are over with your new gas insert. For more information about gas fireplace inserts, contact Fireplace Showcase.

Source: warmingtrendsinc.com

Mendota Insert Sale

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 19, 2019

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