Converting a Wood Fireplace to Gas?

By Doug Hetsch

September 26, 2019

Fireplace conversion

If your heating costs have been increasing each winter, you may be considering your options to heat your home more economically. One popular update is to convert your traditional wood-burning fireplace to a more energy-efficient gas unit. By having a gas insert installed into the opening of your existing fireplace, you can provide more heat to your home for less money and energy. Since 2006, All American Chimney Service has provided theLouisville area with top quality professional chimney installation services. We are also proud to have earned our professional certifications from industry leaders, which include the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). You can trust our professional expertise when it comes to fireplace installation, and we would like to give you a couple of important tips to remember when you are considering converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas.

Avoid vent-free gas hearth appliances.

When shopping for gas fireplaces, you should know that there are two different types: vented and vent-free. At All American Chimney Service, you will find vented selections from one of the most trusted brands in the industry, Valor. We strongly recommend the direct vent gas fireplace option from Valor because it is much more efficient than vent-free appliances. When you use a vent-free gas fireplace, you must open a window in the room so that the fumes that are produced can exit your home. Since there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning with vent-free gas fireplaces due to frequent misuse, we suggest that you choose a vented appliance.

Have your gas fireplace insert professionally installed.

After you have found the perfect gas fireplace for your home, it is very important that you have it installed by an experienced and certified professional so that it will work as safely and as efficiently as possible. Typically, masonry chimneys are much larger than gas fireplace inserts, and this size difference can cause condensation problems. This can lead to damaged bricks and mortar joints and other issues. All American Chimney Service can install a correctly sized flue for your new gas appliance by customizing a stainless steel liner when we install your fireplace. You can count on us to make sure your new fireplace increases the energy efficiency in your home.

Considering making changes to your traditional wood-burning fireplace?Contact ustoday at All American Chimney Service to schedule a consultation appointment with our certified staff. We are here for all of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

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