Factory-Built Chimney System Installation
A few different factors might be encouraging you toward adding a factory-built fireplace to your home: added warmth, beauty, and a great gathering place for the family on a cold night.
It probably doesn’t surprise you that installing a fireplace can be a worthwhile investment into a home, too. A study from the National Association of Realtors indicated that fireplaces “have a strong, positive effect on selling price,” with an average 12 percent jump coming along with each added appliance.
The vast majority of newly-installed fireplaces these days are factory-built ones (about 75 percent, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association). These are popular for a lot of reasons. Factory-built units can be very affordable since they’re largely made of metal and glass. Since they’re lighter and more insulated than masonry, installation options are also wider. Factory-built units all undergo thorough testing to pass industry standards for safety and efficiency, so you can expect a well-built product that provides consistent heat and doesn’t waste fuel. And then there’s aesthetics — whether you want a unit that mimics the look of a traditional fireplace or a modern appliance that’s open on four sides, you can find a factory-built fireplace that meets your taste.
Fuel Options To Consider
You can choose a factory-built fireplace that burns a variety of different fuels, including wood, gas and pellets. Each fuel brings different benefits.
- Wood: is plentiful and affordable, offers traditional enjoyment, and can heat your home in power outages
- Gas: allows for speed and convenience, with less upkeep every time you light a fire
- Pellets: a renewable fuel source that makes use of waste sawdust and provides a lot of the ambience of a wood-burning unit
There’s a lot to think about when you’re deciding which kind of fuel makes sense in your home — your preferences, the size of the space and kind of heating you need, and your lifestyle. Talk to one of Mason’s Chimney Service’s NFI-certified Master Hearth Professionals: We’ll help you figure out the right choice for your home and family.
Factory-Built Units Are Different From Traditional Ones, But All Fireplaces And Chimneys Require Maintenance
One thing to always keep in mind when adding a fireplace, stove or insert to your home: Every heating appliance, in order to function at the highest levels of safety and efficiency, needs regular maintenance.
The best way to ensure that you’re taking care of your fireplace and your home is to schedule annual maintenance: chimney sweeping and a chimney inspection. After installation, Mason’s Chimney Service can help keep your fireplace and chimney in top shape.
Talk to our technicians about our Safer Chimney Program — it’s a great way to take the hassle out of remembering to service your unit. We’ll remind you when service is due every year and offer priority scheduling and discounts.
Whether you’re interested in installing a brand new factory-built fireplace — or want to replace an old one that’s reached the end of its safe service life — call Mason’s Chimney Service. We’d love to help!