Dealing With A Ventless Fireplace

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When it comes to heating a single room, a ventless fireplace is thought a potentially beneficial source. The term ventless is used for this kind of fireplace because it does not require a flue, chimney, or some external venting ducts. This makes a ventless fireplace fairly inexpensive to install as compared to traditional gas or wood fireplaces. Fuel for ventless gas fireplaces includes natural gas or propane.

Remember that fire, in the strict sense, can never be truly ventless because it always requires the oxygen in the air to create flames, or it would extinguish. Their ductless or chimneyless technology gives the name ventless to these fireplaces and these can be used for central heating if the power ever goes out. But mostly these are used as an alternate source of heat for homes, especially for bedrooms that become too cold in winter.  

Choosing A ventless fireplace

The selection of a ventless fireplace among the different available types will depend on the way you will primarily use it. Each fireplace has a rating that tells how much energy it consumes and also the amount of heat measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units), it will produce. While buying, pay special attention to the BTUs written on the item since this figure will determine the appropriate size of the room in order for the gas fireplace to function properly. Remember not to install a high-output fireplace in a comparatively small room, thinking that this will get you more heat.

Ventless Fireplace And Safety

While dealing with a ventless fireplace in your house, you have to be very careful about health and safety measures. These kinds of fireplaces have the potential to build up carbon monoxide, deplete oxygen, and lead to unconsciousness or even death by suffocation. Due to this hazard, Canada and some American States (Massachusetts, and California) have banned the use of ventless gas fireplaces. Other states too do not encourage their use.

A milder health hazard associated with ventless gas fireplaces is an increase in the room's humidity. This is because burning natural gas (or propane) produces water vapors that can accumulate in a room and possibly lead to the growth of fungus (mold and mildew). While these molds are mostly not quite dangerous, they can certainly cause allergies and spoil fabrics, photographs, papers, and books.

To prevent such hazards, Make sure that all ventless gas fireplace fittings are tightened securely and completely extinguish the fire before cleaning.

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