Fireplaces are a staple of any beautiful home. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they also provide warmth and comfort. Nothing brings a room together like a good old-fashioned fireplace.
While they excel in the atmosphere category, they really drop the ball when it comes to efficiency. A typical masonry fireplace is horribly inefficient.
In fact, fireplaces actually sap away energy. Around 90% of the heat created by them goes right up the chimney. They actually end up pulling a large amount of air out of the rooms as well. This can, however, be remedied.
Wood burning fireplace inserts are an excellent way to resolve almost all of the issues regarding the old masonry fireplaces.