After a long burning season, homeowners are preparing to close up their fireplaces for the spring and summer. With several months of non-use coming, now is the perfect time to make changes to your fireplace system. If you love the warmth your fireplace provides but dislike the look, it may be time for a fireplace facelift!
A facelift is an easy way to make over the look and feel of your fireplace – and home. Whether you want to make a minor change like replacing the mantle or a major overhaul of the entire fireplace, the following are four reasons you should invest in a fireplace facelift this summer.
1. Add value to your home
Fireplaces are one of the most sought after home features in real estate. A survey by the National Association of Homebuilders found that buyers are willing to pay an additional $1,400 for a home with a fireplace; 46% of buyers in the same survey said looks were the most important aspect of a fireplace. A fireplace facelift can add value to your home by creating a modern, clean, updated focal point in any room.
2. Make a big – or a small – change
Remodeling your fireplace doesn’t have to be costly or messy. Because fireplace facelifts are completely personalized to your unique fireplace and style, it is possible to choose the perfect upgrades and updates for your home.
There are a number of small changes that can be done to update your fireplace without investing in a major construction process. Replacing stained or warped fireplace doors with more modern glass doors can improve aesthetics and efficiency. Likewise, installing a new mantle can create a fresh look for the whole room.
3. Show off your unique style
One of the major complaints of many homeowners is that their fireplace does not fit the aesthetics of the rest of the home. If your personal style is sleek and modern yet your fireplace is rustic, a facelift can help it better fit with the décor in the rest of your home. Redoing the façade of the fireplace can help you show off your unique style while still enjoying a functional heating appliance.
4. Upgrade your fireplace with an insert
If your current fireplace isn’t meeting your heating needs it may be time to upgrade to a fireplace insert. Fireplace inserts are efficient, cost effective heating appliances available in a variety of fuel sources. This makes installing a new insert an excellent option for those looking to change fuel sources; whether you want to burn gas, wood, or pellets, there is a fireplace insert for you!
Because they burn using closed system combustion, inserts are significantly more efficient than their open hearth counterparts. With little heat lost up the chimney during burning, many homeowners find that they use less fuel – and spend less money – while getting more heat in return.
Take advantage of the time your fireplace won’t be in use by investing in a fireplace facelift! For more information on the advantages of redoing your fireplace front, contact the experts at Jack Pixley Sweeps today!
Since 1977, our friends and neighbors in the Edina, Minnesota area have trusted Jack Pixley Sweeps to service and maintain their fireplaces and chimneys. Now, we are proud to have another way to further serve our customers; this season, we will have a new display showroom!
Come see our fireplaces and inserts
When it comes to selecting new heating appliances, simply flipping through a catalog often isn’t enough. Because of this, we’ve expanded our business to include a new display showroom in our Spring Lake Park location. This new showroom will allow customers to check out the latest and most popular fireplaces and inserts in person; the ability to see, touch, and feel a new heating appliance is often the most helpful way to make an informed decision about your new fireplace!
Why choose an insert for your home
Visitors to our new display showroom will notice that we are beginning to carry more and more fireplace inserts. The sales of gas and wood inserts have become a growing segment of our business; homeowners love their efficiency, ease of use, and low operation costs. The following are just a few of the reasons to consider installing a new fireplace insert in your home.
– Choice in fuels: Fireplace inserts are no longer limited to one fuel source. Whether you prefer wood, gas, or pellets, there is a fireplace insert to meet your home’s heating needs.
– Variety of styles: Inserts give homeowners unprecedented choice when it comes to the style of their fireplace. Whether your home is sleek and contemporary, country and rustic, or somewhere in between, there is an insert to fit your home’s unique aesthetic.
– Increased efficiency: Fireplace inserts are some of the most efficient heating appliances available on the market today. By using closed circuit combustion, more of the fuel source is completely burned and less heat is lost up the chimney. The can increase heat production while simultaneously lowering fuel usage and costs.
Our other services
In addition to our new display showroom, Jack Pixley Sweeps will continue to offer customers the same high quality fireplace and chimney services they have come to expect over the years. Our certified chimney technicians and skilled masons can service and maintain your fireplace system from the top of the flue to the bottom of the firebox.
We can take care of more than just your chimney; at Jack Pixley Sweeps, we also offer dryer vent services and cleaning! Having your dryer vents cleaned at least once per year is an excellent way to improve your dryer’s efficiency while reducing the risk of accidental dryer fire.
Whether you are looking for quality chimney services from a company you can trust or are interested in seeing in person the latest trends in fireplaces and heating appliances, Jack Pixley Sweeps is the one-stop shop for all of your fireplace and chimney needs. Contact us today for more information on our new showroom area and new location in Spring Lake Park. We look forward to seeing all of you at our celebratory Open House later this summer!
If you love your fireplace but are tired of losing money up the flue in wasted energy, it may be time to install a new fireplace insert! Wood burning and gas fireplace inserts are efficient and low maintenance additions to your home that can give you all the benefits of a masonry fireplace – without the energy loss.
At Jack Pixley Sweeps, we are proud to sell and install Regency gas and wood inserts. These high quality fireplaces are safe, efficient, and can keep your family warm and comfortable for years to come.
Benefits of fireplace inserts
There are a number of benefits to installing a fireplace insert in place of an existing masonry fireplace.
- Efficiency: Open hearth fireplaces have efficiency ratings as low as 5-10%; at these levels, most of your energy – and money – is going straight up the flue. The closed system combustion of fireplace inserts allows them to operate with up to 90% efficiency. Likewise, the Hearth, Patio, and Barbeque Association estimates that by reducing energy and heat loss up the chimney installing an insert can save as much as 40% on energy bills.
- Environmentally friendly: Modern fireplace inserts are required to be certified by the EPA. To earn this certification, inserts must create minimal amounts of particulate emissions; doing this reduces the environmental impact of burning in the fireplace and helps improve air quality.
- Fuel choices: Whether you want wood or gas, pellets or coal, there is a fireplace insert for you. With a number of different fuel choices, homeowners can find a fireplace insert that works well with your heating needs and budget.
- Style choices: In addition to choosing your fuel source, homeowners also have a wide variety of choices when it comes to the style of their new fireplace insert. Whether you want the look of a traditional fireplace or a sleek, modern design there is an insert to fit every style and price range.
About Regency gas inserts
If you’re tired of the work and effort of chopping, storing, and stacking firewood – as well as the mess after the fire – then a Regency gas insert may be the right fireplace for you. These high efficiency fireplaces can start at the touch of a button; this adds warmth and ambiance to your home without the work and effort of building or stoking a fire all evening.
About Regency wood inserts
Even though gas is an easy and efficient fuel source, many homeowners still prefer a wood burning fire. This does not, however, mean that they appreciate the energy loss that comes along with an open hearth. If you want to combine the energy savings of gas with the look and feel of a real wood fire then a Regency wood insert might be the right fireplace for you!
This winter, don’t let all your heat escape up the chimney. Keep the heat – and our cash – in the house by upgrading your drafty fireplace to a modern Regency insert today! Call Jack Pixley Sweeps to speak to one of our expert technicians about the kind of fireplace insert that is right for your family.
When it comes to taking care of your fireplace and chimney, many homeowners feel like they have to make a choice: go with a company that can sell you a fireplace, or go with a company that can service and repair your chimney. At Jack Pixley Sweeps, we can do both!
Whether you want to purchase and install a new insert or need the masonry of your existing chimney repaired, Jack Pixley Sweeps is a one stop shop for all of your fireplace and chimney needs. Avoid shopping around or working with multiple companies; trust our expert staff to get the job done right the first time!
Benefits of a new fireplace insert
If your home has an old fashioned masonry fireplace, you may want to consider upgrading to a more efficient fireplace insert. In addition to burning fuel more efficiently and producing less smoke and soot, fireplace inserts can also help you save on your energy bills. According to Leslie Wheeler of the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, converting an existing masonry fireplace to an energy efficient insert can save as much as 40%.
While an open hearth fireplace can only be used for burning wood, inserts that burn several different fuel sources are available. Whether you want the look of real wood, the efficiency of pellets, or the ease of gas, there is an insert for you! Likewise, inserts come in styles ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, allowing you to find a fireplace unit that blends in with your home’s décor.
We can fix your masonry, too!
Whether you have a new insert on the mind or are happy with your existing fireplace, masonry maintenance is an important part of making sure your chimney is safe to use. By having your chimney regularly swept, inspected, and repaired, you can enjoy your fireplace without worry.
Likewise, although installing an insert can be a way to avoid repairing a damaged firebox, an insert still needs a functional chimney to operate safely and with maximum efficiency. Because of this, it is important to have masonry repairs made as soon as possible – no matter what kind of fireplace you have.
Why choose Jack Pixley Sweeps
Buying and installing a new fireplace insert can be complicated: one company sells the unit, another one installs it, and yet a third services and repairs it! If finding one trustworthy fireplace company is difficult, finding more than one can be next to impossible!
At Jack Pixley Sweeps, we eliminate the need to work with multiple contractors or companies. Our one-stop shop can handle all of your chimney and fireplace needs. From sales and installation to service and masonry repairs, we do it all! Only having one company to work with can save you the time and trouble of finding and coordinating several different companies.
Taking care of your fireplace and chimney shouldn’t be complicated. At Jack Pixley Sweeps, we are a one stop shop for all of your fireplace and chimney needs! Whether you’re ready to have your chimney serviced or are looking to purchase a new fireplace insert, contact Jack Pixley Sweeps today!