How To Make Your Fireplace or Appliance More Effective At Heating

We’re in the cooler season here in Houston, which means many homeowners are putting their fireplaces to a lot more use. Let’s face it – is there a better way to wind down at the end of the day than in front of a cozy fire?

That said, if you’ve found yourself settling down only to be disappointed with a lack of heat from your appliance, then relaxing and unwinding is probably the furthest thing from your mind.

This scenario can also be frustrating when it comes to lowering energy bills. Many use their fireplace as an alternate heat source, so they don’t have to worry about turning on the heat and upping their energy bills. But this isn’t going to be an option if your fireplace isn’t doing it’s job!

Here at Lords Chimney, we strongly believe that fireplaces are meant to be enjoyed and to offer comfort, and we hate to hear of customers not getting what they deserve from their system. That’s why we’re here to talk about the more effective way to get more heat from your fireplace – upgrading to a gas insert.

Why Gas Inserts?

How to Make Your Fireplace or Appliance More Effective at Heating - Houston TX - Lords Chimney gasSo, why are gas inserts the way to go? Well, if you own a wood-burning fireplace, you’ve probably noticed that their open-style set up isn’t exactly ideal for warming up your living space. Like a fire pit, if you’re right on top of it, sure, you’ll get some heat… but once you back away, you’re left cold, uncomfortable, and frustrated.

A gas insert, on the other hand, is designed to radiate heat into your home and all without the use of a fan or any outside help. They also come with a remote that has a thermostat right on it, so controlling any temperature changes from the comfort of your couch or favorite chair won’t be an issue at all.

Curious about some other benefits of gas inserts? We’ve got the lowdown on it all:

  • They offer constant/consistent heat. No worrying about flames dying down or whether or not your wood logs will burn hot enough. Just set it to the temperature you want, sit back, and relax!
  • They come in a wide range of style and design options. Whether you’re looking for something sleek and modern or something more classic and traditional, we’re certain you’ll find something to love in no time.
  • There’s no mess involved. Wood-burning units invite a lot of mess. Between storing/hauling wood, cleaning up ash piles, and dealing with the occasional stray spark, you could find yourself with damaged or dirty belongings in no time. This isn’t the case with gas units!
  • No more creosote. No burning wood means no creosote buildup, so you won’t be investing in those chimney sweepings all the time. Annual inspections are still a must, though!
  • They’re easy to operate. Just flip the switch or push a button, and you’ve got heat. No building fires, no adding more logs, and no waiting for things to die down, either. Once you’re done for the evening, simply switch it off, and you’re all set.
  • You can easily lower your energy bills. Because gas inserts offer so much extra heat to your home, lowering those monthly energy bills shouldn’t be a problem whatsoever.

There’s no reason not to make the switch – give us a call today to get started!

We Sell Valor Radiant Gas Fireplace

How to Make Your Fireplace or Appliance More Effective at Heating - Houston TX - Lords Chimney valorLooking for more specifics on what products we offer here at Lords Chimney? Well, we only work with the best brands, which is why we’re happy to install a Valor Radiant Gas Fireplace into your home. We only recommend products we believe in, so you can trust that any model you choose will provide comfort and satisfaction for years to come.

Valor’s gas fireplaces are easy to customize, too, and we’d be happy to go through the different facing and front options with you. In the end, you’ll end up with an efficient, clean-burning appliance that you can enjoy season after season!

Not Ready to Make the Switch?

Like we said, gas inserts are the way to go when it comes to getting more heat from your fireplace. They’re a very worthwhile investment, helping you save time, money, and stress down the line, and we have a long list of customers who are completely satisfied with the models we’ve installed for them.

That said, if switching to a gas insert just isn’t in the stars for you right now, we get it. Maybe you don’t have the budget for it or maybe you’re one of those who believe the old-school ambiance of a crackling wood fire just can’t be beat. Well, while you won’t get the same heat you would from a gas insert, the good news is that there are still a few tricks that may help you get a bit more efficiency from your wood-burning system.

  • Only burn well-seasoned wood. Any wood you’re burning should have been dried out for at least 6 months and should have a moisture content of around 15 – 25%. The more water your fires have to burn through, the more energy they’ll waste, and the less heat you’ll end up with.
  • Use hardwoods as opposed to softwoods. Hardwoods are denser and have more British Thermal Units (BTUs) per piece of wood. This means you’ll get more heat and less smoke, guaranteeing a better (and hotter) experience overall. Maple, oak, and walnut are three of the best wood types you can burn.
  • Invest in regular maintenance. Annual inspections and regular sweepings are imperative to getting the most you can from your fireplace, no matter your set-up or fuel type. If your system becomes clogged or is damaged it will not perform as well – simple as that.
  • Have a fireback installed. Firebacks are iron or steel plates that can be installed in the back of the firebox to help radiate heat back into your living space.

Contact Us Today for Quality Care

Need chimney care? From installations to sweepings to restoration work and more, our experienced and certified crew would love be there for you through it all.

Give us a call or reach out online to get started!

Gas Inserts Offer Countless Benefits

Do you own a wood-burning fireplace, but aren’t loving the work and commitment required to operate it? There’s no denying a crackling fire enhances the atmosphere of your living space, especially when the weather is chillier, but if the effort of building and maintaining fire (plus all the clean-up afterwards) is putting a damper on your evenings, then it might be time to consider some updates.

One great option comes in the form of a gas fireplace insert. These units can be installed directly into your existing fireplace, leaving you with an easy and effective way to enhance your fireplace experience for many years to come.

Check out some of the many benefits of switching to a gas insert, then be sure to reach out to the team here at Lords Chimney with any questions or concerns. We’d love to help you out with it all!

Advantages of a Gas Fireplace Insert

Ready to reap the benefits of a gas insert? We don’t blame you – check out all you have to gain below.

  • Heightened Efficiency: You won’t be short on heat with a gas fireplace insert. With wood-burning units, you tend to lose a lot of heat up the fireplace, but not with gas inserts. You’ll have a lot more heat radiated into your living space, allowing you to really cozy up – and save on energy bills while you’re at it.
  • Great Ambiance: Gas fireplace inserts come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and designs, so you’re sure to find something you can love and that’s unique to your tastes and preferences.
  • Low Maintenance: Gas inserts are known for being easier to maintain. They don’t require you to scoop ash, haul wood, or build and maintain a fire. As long as you’re investing in those annual professional inspections, you should be good to go!
  • Easy to Operate: Not looking for much hassle at the end of a long day? With a gas insert, all you have to do is switch it on, and you’ve got a cozy aesthetic to relax in. No stress, no mess, and no extra work on your end!
  • Minimal Mess: With gas inserts, there’s no dealing with a messy ash pile, and there’s zero risk of stray sparks and embers flying off and damaging floors and furniture. Also, since it doesn’t burn wood, you won’t have to deal with creosote buildup, either.
  • Cleaner Burn: Inserts are known for burning cleaner and nowadays finding ones that meet or exceed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards is never a problem. So, if you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, this is a great option!

Invest in a Professional Installation

Are you known for your DIY skills? If you tend to be handy around the home, you may be wondering if installing a gas insert is something you can do without the help of a professional sweep.

This isn’t something we recommend. Inserts are often advertised as being easy to install, but that doesn’t mean this process shouldn’t be completed by a professional. There are gas lines that need to be handled, as well as various other factors that will likely come into play, and all of these things should be done by someone who has been trained and educated. DIY attempts can lead to some dangerous scenarios for you and your household.

And don’t forget to make sure your sweep is Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified, too! This ensures they put in the time and effort to be the best they can be by studying a long list of materials and taking an extensive exam. This certification needs to be renewed every 3 years, too, so rest assured, your sweep will always be up-to-date on any new industry news or advancements.

Need Gas Logs?

Gas Inserts Offer Countless Benefits - Houston TX - Lords Chimney imageAt Lords Chimney, we sell Peterson Real Fyre gas logs. These logs are known for their versatility, and they pour much less pollutants into the air than real wood logs. Whatever your needs and preferences are, whether that’s natural gas, liquid propane, vent-free, or vented, we’re certain we can find the perfect choice for you! In fact, vented options come in over 40 different realistic-looking style options, so you’re certain to find the right fit for your home, no problem.

Don’t Wait to Reach Out

Here at Lords Chimney, we love setting homeowners up with the fireplace system they’ve been dreaming of. We’re home to Texas’s only CSIA Master Chimney Sweep, Lee Roff, we’re certified with National Fireplace Institute (NFI), and we’re members of National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG).

We pride ourselves on always putting your safety and satisfaction first, and we’re known for always staying on top of the latest techniques and technologies in the trade. Ask around or do an online search to see our reviews, and you’ll quickly realize that we’re highly esteemed throughout our service area. There’s no crew better to trust!

Whatever your gas fireplace or insert-related needs are, we want to help. We can even discuss options for installing one of these systems outdoors!

Give us a call or contact us online today, and we can get this process started. We look forward to speaking with you soon!