One 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.