A "builder box" fireplace is an industry term that refers to a typical fireplace that most builders install in new homes.
These fireplaces tend to be produced on a large scale and with high cost reductions which often result in the use of lower quality materials. These cost reductions will have a high impact on the final finishes of the product and its heating efficiency.
High quality products offer more realistic-looking flames and logs. This is achieved by the type and the right number of logs, an ember glow, and a decorative background inside the unit. Modern fireplaces come with 50-75% flame turn-down which gives you an ability to manage the heat that the unit emanates and gives you the option to use it throughout the year. In addition, many modern fireplaces have modulating valves. These allow fireplaces to gradually turn up (or down) as the desired heat is achieved.
You can now upgrade the "builder box" with a high quality and high efficiency unit. Our Design Specialists can help you choose a replacement model based on your tastes and your needs. Air Solutions will help you determine the type, the size and the power of unit that best suits your heating needs by taking into account the size of room, the type of wall or area that you want to place your fireplace and the amount of heat or the type of ambience you would like to bring into the room.