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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Ventless Gas Fireplace

ventless gas fireplaceOne of the most iconic pictures of comfort is a home with a lovely fireplace keeping the family warm. However, not everyone can afford it. Also, it presents homeowners with plenty of safety concerns. One solution that has been gaining popularity is the ventless gas fireplace. Now before you jump on the hype train, here are some things you need to know before getting one.

 

Why Do You Need One?

 

First thing you want to know is why you would need such a fireplace. Well, of course, a fireplace is a great way to keep warm during cold months. The problem though is that modern housing design does not account for chimneys and even vents. So the installation of a traditional fireplace is problematic. A ventless fireplace, however, is much easier to install and frankly much cleaner.

How does it work?

 

So what happens is a gas unit is fed propane through a series of pipes while the flames stay up through gaps in fake logs. It is kind of like how a gas-powered barbecue grill works. For the used gas though it is sent back into the room of the fireplace traveling in a U shaped path. Oxygen comes through the bottom of the fireplace from the room; it then vents back to the room through the top.

 

Is it Safe?

 

For any, it is always safer to have a vent. Experts argue, however, that these types of fireplaces create minimal combustion that it presents no immediate threat. Still, such an appliance can’t go unregulated. Being relatively new, there are only patchwork regulations from a city level and higher for these kinds of fireplaces.

 

As of This writing, 34% of states allow the free use of this type of home heating. Still, as a countermeasure, there is the Oxygen Detection System or ODS. What it does is it turns off the system when oxygen levels reach a particular low.

 

Is it for Me?

 

However, it is still up to you. Some people are more cautious and see dangers in such a product. But, it’s helpfulness cannot be denied as well. Not to mention the many satisfied users. Still. It is your need that is important here, are you buying one just to show off or do you really need this kind of appliance. Those are a couple of things to consider.

 

How To Separate Environments In A Loft: Tips For Beginners

The loft or diaphanous housing is an excellent contemporary solution to take advantage of all the meters of a house. It is true that they were born with an industrial vocation, like those homes so from the New York movies (who has not dreamed of the Ghost house ?), But the reality is that in these latitudes we do not usually have so many meters. Even so, we like his vocation of spaciousness and obvious places. But what happens when we miss some intimacy? When are we going to leave the bed unmade but do not want it to be in sight? Or when we do not live alone and need to separate environments? Here, some ideas:

How to separate environments in a loft

A separating piece of furniture: A very fashionable solution that never goes out of style, with several possibilities

A bookshelf. Put books, decorative objects, container boxes where you can store things that are not visible, or your collection with what you like … and you’ll have a suitable separator.

A screen. Another classic, more romantic, for a more old house.

A certain type blind. If you are looking for a straw, you will give a rustic look to your home. You go up and down, and you already have two environments!

Custom furniture. An extreme measure to maximize your chances. On the one hand, it can serve as a shelf, on the other as a wardrobe. There are even designs (like this one from Clap Design ) with doors that leave nothing in sight, and completely blank they bring a lot of lightness.

Maybe you do not want to lose the diaphanous aspect with a piece of furniture in between. Then, you can be more subtle and resort to accessories such as pots, baskets, even floor lamps that make the two environments noticeable. Or decorate only a section of wall with pictures to visually delimit an area.

Play with your furniture

A faithful friend to mark territory is the sofa. Or the dining room table. Use them to close environments, turning your backs to the areas that you will highlight.

The soils

For a while now, decoration has been increasingly mixed. Dare to combine materials, textures, and colors. What do you want to visually separate the dining room, the kitchen, or your work area !? Mix floors. There is an excellent variety in the market.

A door

Okay, this is a loft, and it has no entries, but a large custom sliding door is a visually light, practical and effective solution. And modern!

Carpets

Another classic that you will have learned at your mother’s house. But why reject tradition if it works?

Colors

It is clear. Furniture raisings because if you’ve looked for a loft is to be minimalist. Then he uses the simplest thing in the world: colors, through different textiles according to areas of the house, or walls painted in two (or more) shades. At this point, wallpapers can also be useful for separating environments.