A ventless gas fireplace is a great asset in your home. These fireplaces allow you to enjoy a fire whenever you want without the hassle of storing wood and cleaning up ashes. Plus, federal regulations are in place to ensure manufacturers integrate adequate safety measures and test each model they design and build so you can be confident it’s safe for your home.
Today we’ll explain how ventless gas fireplaces work, the pros and cons, and the key benefits.
Author Laskey invented the ventless fireplace in 2005. It works by releasing the burn emissions inside the home instead of outside the house, like a direct vent fireplace. Ventless fireplaces use interior air for combustion, which includes anything present in the air and on the burner and releases all emissions inside the room they operate.
Are Ventless Fireplaces Safe?
Ventless fireplaces are considered safe because they are designed to burn cleaner than vented fireplaces. Each model has its regulator to mix gas and air to eliminate exhaust fumes. They work in a similar way to a kitchen gas range. Ventless models are designed to burn clean enough that they don’t require a chimney flue.
The design is intentional; it pulls air from the room and channels it through the regulator to create a flame. Then warm air is pushed back into the room through an outlet at the top of the fireplace. Since none of it is vented outside, it can provide more heat to the room.
As an added feature, many ventless fireplaces come with carbon monoxide detectors and oxygen sensors. The unit automatically shuts off if oxygen levels get too low or carbon monoxide levels get too high. These units are designed with safety in mind, but it’s still recommended that you keep a window or flue (if you have one) slightly open while your unit is running.
What Are The Pros and Cons Of Ventless Fireplaces?
There are many benefits to a ventless fireplace; first and perhaps the most obvious, no ventilation is required. So these are perfect for apartments and for those who want less construction, or those who don’t want to take on a complete remodel of an existing space. They are also a great heat source and are relatively inexpensive for a fireplace installation.
Of course, they aren’t perfect in every situation, and they come with a few drawbacks. For example, they can omit odors and should only be placed in well-ventilated areas. The great thing is they do put off quite a bit of heat. If you are looking more for ambiance, a vented fireplace or gas log set may be a better fit
Where Can I Find Out More?
If you’re on the fence about whether a ventless fireplace suits you, contact us today or stop by our expansive showroom. The experts at The Flame Company specialize in fireplace installation. They will be able to answer all your questions and provide you with a ventless fireplace to meet your needs best. To learn more about gas fireplaces, check out our recent blog here.
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