Heating Your Living Room
How quickly will your gas fireplace insert heat your room? Your indoor fireplace heating efficiency depends on a few factors. In general, our Highland Gas Insert can comfortably heat small- (10’x10’x10’) to medium- (20’x20’x10’) sized rooms. Every indoor space is a little different, but there are some ways to improve your gas fireplace’s heating efficiency. When adding a gas fireplace to your home, here are a few things to consider as you’re planning and shopping for the best fireplace for you.
Step Up Construction
Think about your fireplace’s surrounding construction. It’s important you have adequate insulation in your home, especially in areas near your fireplace. Effective insulation maintains your indoor temperature; in other words, it not only contains the warmth inside, but it also keeps the cold out in the winter (and vice versa in the hot summers).
Depending on when your home was built, it may be time to update or even add insulation. Consider the surrounding spaces, too. What rooms are above and below the space? Are those rooms properly insulated? As you’re considering insulation, wall construction is soon to follow. The types of walls in your home’s interior and exterior can play a part in your gas fireplace’s heating, too.
Installation is key for maximizing fireplace efficiency. We highly recommend consulting a trained professional when it comes to installing your gas fireplace. Several of our knowledgeable dealers also provide installation and maintenance services. With proper installation and maintenance, your gas fireplace has a better chance of not only boosting heating performance but also increasing its longevity.
Location, Location, Location
Where are you adding a fireplace in your home? Location of your fireplace matters for heating efficiency. If the walls of the room are also outer walls, the room may take more or even less time to heat up depending on where you live. If you live in a warm climate, it may naturally take less time to heat up the room than it would in the middle of very cold, snowy winters. As a Minnesota company, we know harsh winters and design our fireplaces with the cold weather in mind.
Is the fireplace going in the underground basement or above ground in an upper level space? How about windows? The number of windows and types of windows plays a part in your gas fireplace’s heating. Even by simply forgetting to tightly secure your window, your fireplace insert’s efficiency is affected.
When choosing the indoor fireplace insert that’s right for your home, it’s all in the details for heating efficiency. Consider these points as you’re shopping for the best gas insert for your space.