Whether gas, wood burning, or pellet burning, it’s vitally important that your hearth appliance is installed correctly. Because flames emit carbon monoxide, hearths must be properly ventilated in order to ensure that you don’t accidentally expose your family and loved ones to potentially dangerous fumes. While installation of an insert may seem simple, it’s beyond the capabilities of homeowners to do it themselves and must be completed by professional and experienced fireplace installation experts.
At Courtland Hearth & Hardware, we’re certified by the National Fireplace Institute and we’ve been trusted by clients throughout Maryland to efficiently and effectively install your fireplaces, inserts, and stoves. We provide installation services to customers in York County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County, and Harford County. In addition to inserts, we also install all of the fireplaces, mantels, surrounds, and freestanding stoves that we sell. We provide in-home service to customers with Courtland’s own professionally trained service technicians.
Why is it so important to have my hearth appliance professionally installed?
While it may seem like you could simply place your insert inside your existing fireplace, the installation process is actually far more complex. This is because chimney flues are generally far larger than the venting found in inserts, which can lead to significant problems if not remedied. The formation of creosote, in a wood burning appliance, can be a major concern when a flue is larger than your inserts. Creosote is created when hot gases and smoke meet your cold chimney, which condenses and turns into a harmful and highly combustible residue that creates the possibility of a chimney fire. An improperly sized exhaust can also allow smoke to reside within your flue for an extended period of time, which can lead to a chimney fire. In addition, an improperly fitted insert can also lead to drafts which will greatly reduce the efficiency of your insert as well as lower the amount of heat that enters your home. For these reasons, it’s imperative that your insert installer adds a chimney liner that’ll ensure your insert fits snugly within your existing flue.
What is NFI Certification?
When looking for an installer of your insert, third-party credentials are a reliable way to determine their trustworthiness and qualifications. NFI Certification is the industry standard for hearth installers and ensures that your installer has received extensive training on safe installation practices. At Courtland Hearth & Hardware, you can trust that our installers have the experience needed to install your insert properly and safely.