Facts on Vent Free Gas Fireplaces

Mickey | Home Improvement | Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

You may have heard a lot of good things about these vent free gas fireplaces but before you pick and install one in your home, ensure that you know everything including its disadvantages, so you won’t end up regretting your purchase.
Let us first know how these fireplaces functions. It warms the air by drawing air from around the room and pulling it in the firebox. Then the combustion process takes place. Unlike traditional fireplaces which burn woods, vent free gas fireplaces burn gas that is why it needs a propane line to work. And since it makes use of gas, it emits a smokeless heat.
As the combustion process takes place, by products are released such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Since a vent free gas fireplace does not have a vent, these byproducts are released together with the warm air. Although the byproducts may not be that much but it can still cause health issues for persons with respiratory problems. Because of this concern, there are certain states which ban the use of vent free gas fireplaces and there are those who require a limit to its use.
To ensure that your home remains safe you should have let an expert handle the installation of the product. Although its installation is pretty easy, there are still certain safety standards that needs to me meet.
Even with the safety issues of these fireplaces, it’s still gaining popularity because the benefits outweigh disadvantages. Aside from the fact that it is very easy to install, one of the things I like about these fireplaces is that you can alter its looks by changing the fireplace door. There are several designs made from various metal and changing the door can create a whole new look to the fireplace as well as the room.

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