Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Gas or Wood Fireplace Insert!

July 13, 2020

1 - Save Money & Increase Efficiency

Purchasing a fireplace insert is not only a long-term investment in your home, but it can also result in energy savings as well. A win-win!

Fireplace inserts are zone heaters, meaning that they heat specific areas of your home. These areas are typically where people are spending most of their time – lounge/living rooms and other common areas. Zone heating allows you to turn down the furnace, which heats your entire home, and focus the heat into the areas where you spend most of your time.

Regency Gas and Wood fireplaces produce radiant heat warming up everything in the path of the fire to aid in raising the ambient temperature and combined with a blower more effectively heat your home. Open fireplaces are responsible for a significant amount of heat loss, even with the damper closed, warm air can escape your home and cold air enters. Then you need to continually heat more cold air to maintain the temperature. With a traditional open masonry fireplace, heat loss can be a real issue. An open wood fire or gas log is only around 10-15% efficient, this means that around 85-90% of the heat generated immediately rises through the chimney and outside your home.

A fireplace insert will seal your home and significantly reduce the amount of heat lost. Regency fireplace inserts help preserve the temperature in the room when not in use and generate warmth and comfort while in use, translating to cost savings without sending you scrambling for a sweater.

A sealed box allows for a much more efficient burn – around 70-75%. This increased efficiency is then directed into your home instead of out the chimney. A single load of wood will burn for an average of 6-8 hours and even up to 14 hours in some cases!

Gas Insert - Inbuilt Gas Heater - Regency DVi34L
Pictured: DVi34L Greenfire Gas Inbuilt

2 – Experience New Levels of Convenience!

One of the best things about owning a gas fireplace insert is the convenience it affords you. You can turn your fire on with the flick of a switch or the press of a button.
Regency’s premium gas fireplace inserts can be set to maintain a certain temperature in a room during a specific period or can be programmed to be turned on/off at a specific time. This gives you the ability to walk into a warm home right after work without needing to have the fireplace or furnace running all day!

Most importantly your remote acts as a portable thermostat. If you have set the fire to a specific temperature it will maintain the temperature based on where you and the remote are sitting. If you move across the room, the fireplace will adjust to ensure the ambient temperature of your location matches the pre-set. No more getting up to adjust the thermostat if you are too cold or too hot. Simply set and forget!

Regency IG34 Gas Inbuilt HeaterPictured: IG34 Gas Fireplace Insert

3 – Go Green: Help Reduce Emissions

Many municipalities are banning older wood fires or traditional masonry chimneys due to their negative environmental impact and are favouring cleaner models with fewer emissions.

Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels. A clean burn means there is little to no particulates and very limited emissions. Therefore, many local governments support changing from older wood burning fireplaces to a gas insert. Many of Regency’s Gas fireplaces and gas fireplace inserts have efficiency ratings in excess of 70%.

Many of Regency’s freestanding and inbuilt wood fireplaces offer the same efficiency ratings making them eligible for government rebates.

A traditional fireplace uses the available oxygen in the room as part of the reaction required for fire and to produce heat. The burn it produces is what is called an incomplete combustion with the production of black smoke. Black smoke contains many particulates and is the result of other gases being produced during the process. These are major contributors of air pollution and are the key focus of many cities clean air programs.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created standards around what emissions, measured in grams per hour, can be released into the environment.

Help to protect our environment by installing an environmentally friendly Regency fireplace insert.

Pro Tip: You can save even more money by checking your local area for upgrade or conversion programs where you can get government rebates for upgrading to a more efficient fireplace.

Gas insert heater - Regency GFi350LPictured: GFi350L Gas Fireplace Insert

4 – Our Fireplaces Work, Even When the Power Doesn’t!

If you lose power your Regency gas or wood insert will continue to turn on and produce radiant heat. If a winter storm knocks out power there is no need to worry – you’ll still be nice and warm, even if you are in the dark. All Regency Gas and Wood Fireplaces work safely without electricity. A gas or wood fireplace insert will be able to provide radiant heat keeping you and your home warm, no matter the weather conditions.

Most Regency gas fireplace inserts use electronic ignition; however, we install battery powered receivers and/or ignition packs into all our gas fireplace products as a back-up power supply so you can continue to enjoy instant heat in the event of a power outage.

cozy wood fireplace - Regency Fireplace Products

Use less wood, manage the fire less, and generate more usable heat with a fireplace insert.

Wood Burning Insert - Wood inbuilt heater - Regency Bellerieve
Pictured: Bellerive Wood Fireplace Insert

5 – Transform the Room!

Adding a fireplace insert to your home can dramatically transform the visual look of a room without a major renovation!

The fireplace is the focal point of most rooms. By adding a gas or wood fireplace insert you can experience the warmth and comfort of a fire on a regular basis whilst adding a visually pleasing permanent feature to your home.  Designed to fit within your existing masonry, a fireplace insert can update your room design without needing to complete full scale renovations.

Regency’s high-quality fireplace inserts come in a multitude of customisable design options, from traditional to contemporary, and we offer a wide range of fireplace accessories to help your new fireplace insert blend well with your existing décor. This allows you to get the perfect fireplace insert that best suits your home and your style.

Wood Insert & Wood Inbuilt Heater - Regency BerwickPictured: Berwick Wood Fireplace Insert

Regency is committed to designing and manufacturing exceptional and high-quality fireplace products in our world class facility. By choosing to invest in a Regency fireplace insert you are choosing to create a lifetime of memories and add new levels of warmth and comfort to your home.

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