An Instant Home Makeover in One Step

If you have a wood-burning masonry fireplace, you need to read this. That fireplace is taking up prime real estate in your home, but is it beautiful? Perhaps not. Harman has a solution to update and transform that valuable space in one step. It’s really quite simple, and it’s called a fireplace insert.

Take a look at the two before and after photos below. There was no major construction and it was completed in just a couple days. The dated wood-burning fireplace was upgraded with a Harman Accentra52i pellet fireplace insert, and the surrounding brick was refaced with tumbled rough-cut stone. You’ll notice much of the décor is the same, but it looks like a completely different room. Do this at your home and you’ll have an instant home makeover.

The benefit of inserts goes beyond their beauty. The efficiencies gained when installing them makes an insert an easy choice. You’ve likely heard rumblings about inefficiencies of wood fireplaces, and they’re true. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, open-burning wood fireplaces can exhaust 24,000 cubic feet of warm air per hour outside, which in turn draws in cold air through doors and windows. They’re only considered to be -15 to +15 percent efficient. In comparison, pellet inserts are up to 85 percent efficient, and wood inserts up to 78 percent efficient. That’s a huge difference. And Harman inserts are eco-friendly too, expelling minimal pollutants outside.

This is the best time of year to install a fireplace insert, before winter arrives. It will look fabulous and will make your home much more efficient! You can browse the options here.