If you've decided that a gas fireplace insert is right for your home, you may be talking with an installation contractor about having one installed. If you've never installed a gas fireplace insert before, you may not really understand what goes into the process. Here's a look at some of the things that you need to discuss with your installation contractor before you order your insert.
Can You Install A Vented System?
The first thing that you need to know is whether or not you can choose a vented fireplace insert. Vented inserts are safer for your home because they vent all of the exhaust gases directly outside. If the chimney where you're installing the insert is still open and functional, or you have a direct outlet to an exterior wall, you should be able to install a vented system and reduce the risk of any exhaust gases building up inside the house.
How Much Heat Production Will You Get?
When you're evaluating options with your fireplace insert installation technician, make sure you consider the heat production from the insert. This is especially important if you're choosing this insert as a backup heat source in the event of a power failure. However, no matter what your reason for installing the fireplace insert is, you should make sure you know how much radiant heat you'll get from the unit when it's running. Every insert is rated with proper BTUs based on heat production, so consider that as you make your selection.
How Large A Unit Can You Fit?
Your installation technician should measure the space where you'll install the fireplace insert and account for any framing or other materials to help you decide what size fireplace insert will be the best solution. It's important to rely on the information from your installation contractor to avoid getting a unit that's too large or too small for the space that you're working with. Any size variation will lead to either more work required or the need to replace the unit, both of which will delay your project.
These are just a few of the most important things that you need to consider for a gas fireplace insert installation. Talk with a contractor about these points as well as any other concerns or considerations that you might have. He or she can walk you through the entire process and ensure that you get the right insert for your application.