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Advantages of Inserts

Why You Should Get a Fireplace Insert

Have you ever dreamed of having one of those Friday night, outdoor patio dinners? Just imagine you and your family plus a few of your closest friends come over your place for dinner. You enjoy good food, good company and a great evening view of the outdoors. You can even throw in an outdoor movie for everyone to enjoy.

Well, based on our experience here at Top Hat Outdoor Living, this kind of dinner experience can be made into a reality. Yes, you have a patio, and you also have an outdoor fireplace but there is one thing more. It is also a good time to consider getting a fireplace insert, and here are a few reasons why:

Pushing a button and having a fire is convenient, but it is also energy-efficient.

Pushing a button and having a fire is convenient, but it is also energy-efficient.

1.       You can save a lot – choosing to get a fire insert installed saves you a lot of money by lessening your energy expenditure. Because of the efficient wood-burning heating system, you get to effectively keep your home, in this case your patio, warm without having a crazy electric bill. So you get to save yourself a lot of money without compromising the comfort and warmth of your household.

2.       They’re hassle-free – another major reason why a lot of homeowners are getting inserts installed in both their indoor and outdoor fireplace is the fact that inserts generally are easier and faster to install compared to having your old fireplace remodeled. Plus there’s also the added bonus that, compared to remodeling, installing inserts is relatively cheaper.

3.       They’re more efficient – it is now an established fact that fireplace inserts are much more efficient compared to the open fireplaces. The old kind of fireplace resulted to a lot of wasted energy and quick-burning fires. On the other hand, the fireplace inserts come with an airtight door system which allows for a slower burn and therefore, lesser energy wastage.

4.       They look nice – practicality aside, another reason why we should definitely get a fireplace insert installed is for its aesthetic properties. You have the option of the look and feel that you want to have. There are a wide variety of designs that are available for you to choose from.

Why settle for wishful thinking when you can make your dream dinner become a reality? You and your family can enjoy and make unforgettable memories while staying warm and cozy. You can have this and more if you decide to get that fireplace insert installed. So what are you waiting for?


Saving Energy, Saving Money

Be a wise homeowner and save money and energy this season.

Be a wise homeowner and save money and energy this season.

In our everyday life, we are always looking for ways to save money and energy, and quite often we can easily do both. From the simple task of turning lights off when you leave the room to a larger job of installing an outdoor kitchen from Top Hat Outdoor Living, saving both energy and money can be a breeze this spring and summer with the following strategies recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy.


You can keep heat from coming in through your windows by installing energy-efficient window treatments like black-out curtains, blinds, or awnings. These will also keep the cool air trapped inside your home.


If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to where your home is warmer while you are away. Your air conditioner will automatically begin cooling your home before you get home, bringing the temperature down to your normal setting. It also helps to set your thermostat as high as you can stand it during the summer because the difference between the temperatures outside and inside affects your cooling bill.

Ceiling and Ventilating Fans

You can actually raise your thermostat up four degrees when you use a ceiling fan and have no difference in temperature. Just be sure to turn the fan off when you leave the room because ceiling fans only cool people, not rooms, because they create a wind-chill effect. The bathroom fan can also be used to save energy by removing heat and humidity when you shower or bathe.

Cooling System

Be sure to have your HVAC system on a regular maintenance schedule. Also vacuum the registers and keep the filters changed to keep your system running problem-free.

Appliances and Lighting

Avoid using the oven; having an outdoor kitchen with a woodfire oven from Top Hat Outdoor Living, or even just a grill, is an excellent way to still cook yet save energy and keep your home cool during the summer. Install ENERGY STAR lighting products and appliances in your house. Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial light. Avoid heat buildup in your home by not doing a lot of activities that burn a lot of electricity like running a computer. Only run the dishwasher if you have a full load of dishes. Similarly, don’t do small loads of laundry.

Hot Air Leaks

Keep hot air out of your house by caulking air leaks around doors and windows. You can also apply weatherstripping to seal up any openings you may have where hot air is leaking into your home.

Water Heater

Since your water heater can be responsible for up to 25% of your energy consumption, you will want to lower its temperature to 120 degrees, the warm setting, lowering costs and risks of scalding your hands with excessively hot water.

Adapting these simple strategies this season can save you both energy and money as well as keep you and your home comfortable and cool.