You’ve long dreamt of a home with a cosy fireplace around which the family gathers on chilly winter evenings. Thanks to technological advancements that have produced a wide variety of models and designs, you will be able to find the fireplace of your dreams. The many choices available gives rise to the question – do you choose a freestanding fireplace or an insert fireplace unit?
Deciding between fireplace inserts and freestanding units is a matter of personal preference and what will fit your home’s design. Both fireplace solutions are efficient home heating options and create a warm and welcoming ambience in your home. Here’s what to consider when comparing the two fireplace options to ensure you choose the right type for your home.
Fireplace inserts are designed to fit into a cavity in the wall. Having an existing masonry chimney in place offers an added advantage to installing an insert, as a chimney of this kind will optimise efficient heating. A fireplace insert does not require additional floor space as a freestanding model does, and it usually utilises a blower to distribute heat to other areas of the home.
Freestanding fireplaces are available in an extensive range of sizes giving you a lot of scope to choose an option that will provide sufficient heat to warm your home. Another desirable feature is the fact that by its very nature, heat permeates from the front, top, back and sides of the firebox enabling optimal heat production. Generally, freestanding fireplaces do not require a blower to distribute heat however they can come equipped with a fan. In choosing the freestanding fireplace, you would need to factor in any extra space required to accommodate the unit, as well as clearance space from walls and furniture.
Remember that no matter which fireplace option you choose, it is essential to secure the services of a professional installation company to install it. This is not only important for home insurance purposes, but also for the safety and security of your family and home.
Whatever the aesthetic or heating needs of your home, Jetmaster Heat & Glo has an extensive range of modern fireplace designs from which to choose. If you are struggling to decide between a freestanding stove or a fireplace insert, we can give you all the information you need to make the right choice. Browse our range online or contact us today.
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