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Get the Scoop on Ventless Gas Fireplaces

Jul 17, 2008
Ventless fireplaces do not require that you have a chimney or some kind of flue for venting purposes. This technology was developed in Europe and Gradually spread throughout the world. They are a beneficial source of heat in one or more rooms of your home, even though they have been criticized as being dangerous. Since you don't need to have any ducts for any kind for vents,these fireplaces are much cheaper and easier to install than traditional fireplaces. The only drawback is that they use natural gas or propane as the source of fuel, which is has become really expensive in recent months.

If you have a room in your home that tends to get rather chilly in the colder months of the year, this kind of fireplace will solve your problem. You can also install one in your living room to add that cozy ambiance of a flickering flame on a cold winter night. With the many choices in colors and designs, it is a simple matter of finding one that will match your dor. The only requirement is that you have a line from the fuel source outside your home to the fireplace so that it will get the fuel it needs to burn.

In order to make the decision of which of the many types of these fireplaces you want to have, think about your reason for wanting one. Each fireplace has a rating that tells you how much energy it will burn and how much heat you will get in return. The heat is measure in BTU's. It is important that you pay attention to the BTU rating because this will tell you the size of room that you need for this fireplace. You should never place a fireplace with a high BTU rating in a small room.

Manufacturers recommend that you only use these fireplaces on a limited basis. This is because even though you don't need to have a chimney or vents installed, the fireplace still needs oxygen in order for the fire to burn. They do vent back into the room, which will affect the air quality in the room. They should not be used as the primary source of heat, but are great to use as a secondary source of heat just to warm up a room or in time when the power goes out unexpectedly. Another health concern with these fireplaces is the tendency they have of building up carbon monoxide. This is why it is illegal to install them in some states of the US and in Canada. When gas or propane burns, it creates water vapor, which in turn can lead to the development of mold in your home. This is also very dangerous.

In areas where these fireplaces are still allowed, you should always have the fireplace installed by a professional who has experience working with gas. You might also want to invest in a carbon monoxide detector to feel completely safe when you have the fire burning.
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