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5 reasons to add a gas fireplace insert to your home

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Stay warm & save money in Seattle with Gas Fireplace Inserts.

Stay warm, save money.

Gas fireplace inserts are zone-heating champions, meaning they provide substantial warmth in a specific room or area. If your gas fireplace insert is located in the room where you or your family reside most, such as a living or family room, it heats where you need it, when you need it. This can greatly cut down on unnecessary heating, add to the comfort of your home, and reduce overall energy usage. Simply turn down the central thermostat and let the fireplace heat where you live. Easy and efficient!­

Greener means cleaner.

Gas fireplace inserts remove the dangers of smoke inhalation, which is a major plus for adults, but crucial for babies and children. There are also no ashes to clean up. A simple flip of a switch or push of a button, and you have clean, healthy heat.

Get your cozy on.

This one is simple—there’s nothing cozier than a fire. A glowing fire has a calming and relaxing effect, and contributes to the ambiance of any home. Add the warmth factor, and you’ve made an investment that is comforting on all fronts.

Unique styles for unique tastes.

Do you love the rustic charm of mason jars and burlap? Or do you swoon at the sight of clean lines and minimalistic design? Perhaps you fall somewhere in between. In any case, there’s a gas fireplace insert to match your unique décor style. The Archgard Optima series will fit well in the home of the mason jar enthusiast, while the Archgard DVI Glass Fireplace will blend seamlessly in a modern setting.

We believe that a gas fireplace insert isn’t just a source of heat—it’s a centerpiece that should speak to your home’s décor and beauty. That’s why we sell and install the highest quality Archguard gas fireplace inserts.

Investing in a gas fireplace insert is investing in your home.

Gas fireplace inserts hold their value remarkably well, and add to the value of your home. In fact, it’s estimated that homeowners can recover 91% of the cost of the unit when selling a home.

In addition to Washington Energy Services’ experienced, knowledgeable installers, our Archgard products are backed with a limited lifetime warranty. There’s no better time to elevate your décor, save money, and end winter on a warm note.

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Top reasons to choose a gas fireplace insert for your Seattle home

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Gas fireplace inserts are products designed to turn a wood-burning fireplace into a modern gas fireplace. A gas fireplace insert is a beautiful and functional addition to any home, offering not only an appealing home feature, but reliable and efficient space heating as well. If you have a wood fireplace that you rarely use or dislike because of the smoke and ash associated with burning wood, turning it into a gas fireplace via an insert can provide several amazing advantages you’ll love.

Gas Fireplace Inserts Are Cleaner

Burning wood may smell wonderful, but it also creates smoke, soot, and ash. Even if smoke and soot don’t accumulate directly inside your home or your fireplace, they are vented through your chimney into the atmosphere and the environment around your home. Wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys are associated with regular cleaning requirements, both to keep your home clean and beautiful and to prevent the buildup of flammable substances inside your chimney that could pose a serious safety risk. By contrast, natural gas is a cleaner-burning fuel option in terms of environmental impact; furthermore, a natural gas fireplace insert won’t require you to clean your mantle or your chimney as regularly.

Gas Fireplace Inserts Are Convenient

Wood-burning fireplaces invariably require a lot of work when you want to enjoy a fire. Not only do you have to purchase, haul, and prepare wood, you must also tend the fire while it burns and take steps to ensure the flames have been extinguished for safety purposes. Gas fireplace inserts make enjoying a fire in your home much easier and more convenient, allowing you to instantly create the ambience you want at the touch of a remote. When you’re ready to leave the room again, you need only deactivate the fireplace, with no other steps required. Installing a gas fireplace insert means you won’t need to worry about whether you have wood available to start a fire, nor will you need to take time when you’re through enjoying this feature to make sure the flames are fully gone.

Gas Fireplace Inserts Are Efficient Heaters

Gas fireplace inserts offer both aesthetic appeal and comfort for your home. Not only does a gas fireplace insert let you enjoy a fire at a moment’s notice, you can also use it to bolster your HVAC system’s function during the coldest months of the year. Gas fireplace inserts offer an efficient room heating solution that won’t replace your furnace, but will allow you to turn your heat to a lower level while you enjoy time in front of the fire. A gas fireplace insert can heat between 1,000 and 3,000 square feet effectively, depending on the model, and acts as an efficient zoned heating system for this portion of your home.

If you’re ready to enjoy all the benefits of a gas fireplace insert for your home, we’re ready to help you find and install exactly the right product for your needs—plus, you can earn up to $200 back by choosing a model that qualifies for one of our rebates. Schedule your free estimate with Washington Energy today.

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Upgrade your fireplace to greener, more efficient natural gas

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Stay warm.

A gas fireplace insert is a great source of heat for a single room. While it won’t replace your standard heating system, rest assured that you can curl up in front of the fireplace and stay cozy all season long.

Savor the beauty.

Our fireplace inserts come in a variety of styles to suit every room and décor. With sleek, modern models from Archgard, and traditional cast iron options from Monessen, you’ll find the right accompaniment to suit your unique design preferences and living spaces.

Score on safety and efficiency.

There’s no question—gas fireplaces are safer and more efficient than wood burning fireplaces. As of October 1, 2015, it is illegal to own or operate an uncertified wood stove in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone. The new rule requires any wood stove that is not EPA certified to be removed and recycled, or rendered inoperable. There’s no smoke backing up into your home or polluting the air. You can also say goodbye to chilly drafts creeping into your home through your chimney.

Plus, with efficient models like the Archgard DVI 33, which uses 72% of its fuel to make heat, you’ll experience safe, low cost heat that doesn’t break the bank.

Save big.

Did we mention that through November 30, 2015, our gas fireplaces are 20% off? That’s right—warmth, efficiency, and ambiance at a hot price for a limited time.

It’s simple. Gas fireplaces provide heat, beauty, safety, and efficiency. And at 20% off, now is the time to introduce a gas fireplace to serve as the backdrop to your holiday parties, family dinners, cozy nights in, and beyond.

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5 home weatherization tips to stay cozy and efficient

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The following tips feature easy checks, adjustments, and maintenance practices you can undertake now to ensure your fall and winter seasons stay warm, dry, and efficient.

Keep those cold days warm

Preparing your heating system for the weather change is perhaps the most important component of fall and winter comfort. Sediment build-up in your furnace or heat pump causes inefficiency, unnecessary cost, and can even present a safety issue. We recommend our 37-point precision tune up to ensure your family stays warm and safe this season.

Bonus tip: Don’t forget to replace your furnace filter regularly. WES makes it even easier with our filter program, which automatically delivers filters to your door when it’s time for replacement.

Insulate before it’s too late

When your winter coat is too light or just not suitable to the conditions, the cold seeps in and you need to turn up the heat. A poorly insulated home is the same way. It causes your heat to travel to unnecessary locations, while working harder in the places you do need it, such as the living spaces and bedrooms. Upgrading or increasing your insulation now is one of the most effective ways to achieve energy savings—especially when you work with WES.

Check for drafts and cracks

While you may enjoy the crisp fall breeze, you definitely don’t want it breezing into your home. You also don’t want your warm air to escape. Luckily, weatherizing your windows and doors is relatively easy and can make a big difference for both comfort and energy savings.

First, test each window and exterior door in your home. Do you feel drafts coming through? Look for cracks. For doors, you’ll see them on the edges, where a bit of sunlight peeks through. Simply apply new weather stripping (potentially with a larger thickness). Window cracks or seal breaks will require caulking or weather stripping as well.

However, if your windows have larger problems, such as rot, condensation between glass panes, or continuous leakage, it may be time to replace them. Contact WES about window options and replacement or take a look at this recent blog post to learn more.

Cozy up

The leaves are falling, the days are becoming shorter, and you find yourself dreaming about basking in the warmth of your fireplace. If this isn’t on your fall and winter to-do list, it should be. No firewood, matches, kindling, or soot required. Gas fireplaces from WES feature beautiful designs and ambiance, while providing glowing, efficient heat that will serve as the backdrop to your fall and winter memories.

See the light

With shorter days descending upon us, the lights must stay on longer. Check both your indoor and outdoor lights to ensure they’ve all been replaced with energy efficient light bulbs. This is particularly important for outdoor lights, which tend to stay on for long periods of time in the fall and winter. Take it one step farther by installing lighting products that feature automatic daylight shut-off, motion sensors, and can withstand rain and snow. Doing so will keep your home bright and efficient.

Yes, summer has come to an end. But welcome fall and winter by following these weatherization tips, and your family will stay comfortable for all the football parties, pumpkin-carving sessions, and turkey dinners the season has to offer.

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End of summer maintenance tips

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Fireplaces

Is there anything better than the warm glow and heat from a fireplace as the cold weather sets in? Before you begin using your wood-burning fireplace on a regular basis, you may need to have your flue and chimney professionally cleaned to ensure you can use it safely. Build-up, debris, and smoke can present serious safety issues. The best option for families who enjoy time around the fire is to install a gas fireplace. Our archgard gas fireplaces bring energy efficient warmth and true beauty to any home. Plus, with the push of a button, frigid winter days become cozy and inviting.

Furnaces

It may be hard to imagine now, but soon you’ll be trading in the air conditioning, fans, and open windows for heat. Make sure your furnace is ready for this change by testing it and replacing the air filter. You can purchase them as needed, or sign up for our filter program and have them automatically shipped to your home for free when it’s time for replacement. The program is an easy, convenient way to keep your furnace running smoothly.

For total furnace efficiency, safety, and peace of mind, we recommend scheduling a precision tune up. This 37-point proactive inspection will diagnose problems or system failures, perform preventative maintenance, and certify that your furnace is operating to the manufacturer’s specifications. In short, we’ll make sure your family stays warm as the weather turns cold.

Insulation

Out of site, out of mind? Not so much. Just because you don’t see it everyday, doesn’t mean your insulation should be overlooked. Particularly in the winter months, the level of insulation in your home is incredibly important for comfort, efficiency, and energy costs. Attics, crawlspaces, and ducts in both older and newer homes are rarely insulated at proper levels, meaning your heating system may be working harder than it needs to. A home energy audit from Washington Energy Services can pinpoint these areas and help you make a plan to best meet the unique insulation needs your home.

In these last few weeks of summer, enjoy the long days and warm weather. Just set aside a few hours to prepare your home and ensure your fall and winter seasons are just as warm, relaxing, and efficient.

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