All fireplaces need maintenance from time to time, and occasionally, the odd repair or two. But how can you tell when it’s time to consider upgrading your old model?
When it costs you more to run than it saves.
One of the top reasons homeowners opt for a gas fireplace is to cut down on their winter bills. When used to supplement your furnace, a properly installed and maintained gas-burning unit should help reduce your overall heating costs – not increase them!
If you’re looking to maximize the energy savings your fireplace can provide, consider investing in a fireplace with a heat transfer system that vents unused heat to other areas of your home (or unwanted heat out of your home altogether).
When your fireplace actually makes your house colder.
A poorly sealed fireplace can cause serious drafts. Not only will it let cold air in, it will let your freshly heated warm air out.
It’s easy to tell if your fireplace isn’t properly sealed – you’ll feel a draft, or the floor below your fireplace will be cold to the touch. If you suspect your fireplace might have sealing issues but aren’t sure, the best way to find out is by speaking with your technician during your annual inspection.
When your fireplace detracts from the beauty of your home instead of adding to it.
Your fireplace is one of your home’s most prominent features – if it looks outdated, worn, or out of place, it can be hard to ignore and design around.
If you invest in a home remodel, don’t forget about your fireplace. Customize your hearth and surround to blend in seamlessly with your new design.
Remember, an upgrade to a Mendota gas fireplace insert is a technology upgrade as well as a style upgrade – bring your home into the 21st century with remote start and modern efficiency.
When it takes more time to start a fire than you have to enjoy it.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you’re probably already aware of the long process to get your fire going. But sometimes you just want to warm up for a minute, or catch up on the news by the fire before heading to work.
A gas fireplace gives you the instant satisfaction of a hassle-free fire, allowing you hours of enjoyment, or just a few minutes at a time.
When repairs start to add up.
It’s important to have your fireplace inspected regularly by a qualified technician. Not only does it help ensure your fireplace stays in great condition, it alerts you to potential safety hazards.
It’s not uncommon for a well-used fireplace to need minor repairs every once in a while. But major repairs can add up quickly, and you might need to make them more often than you’d think if you have an old wood-burning unit with a traditional chimney.
When you’re tired of major repairs year after year, consider upgrading to a new gas fireplace insert.
Thinking about replacing your old wood-burning unit with a gas fireplace insert? Check out Mendota’s design tool to help you visualize how your new fireplace will look in your home.