Gas Fireplaces Things to Consider

Gas Fireplaces Things to Consider

Many homes around Mobile are have gas fireplaces.  There are two common types in most homes.

  • A non-vented gas fireplace
  • A vented gas fireplace

gas fireplacesNon-Vented Gas Fireplace

Non-vented gas fireplaces seem to be the most common in this area.  These units are typically used as a focal point in the homes living space.  Non-vented gas fireplaces have some good attributes but also have many bad.

The good:  Non-vented units typically produce more heat than a vented one.  These units are also known to burn less fuel so you get more bang for your buck.
The bad:  A non-vented gas fireplace is not designed to run long periods of time.  Most manufacturers recommend cracking a window in the home if you run the unit for more than an hour.  This is due to the combustion of the gas uses up the oxygen in the room and new air needs to be introduced.  They can also create higher humidity in the home that may cause damage to some materials. 

Some people experience complications with their allergies or sinuses due to the exhaust fumes from the burning fuel. It is also recommended to install carbon monoxide detection devices in each room of the home.

Vented Gas Fireplace

Now for the vented style.  Just like the non-vented, these too have good and bad concerns with them.

The good:

These have a more realistic flame and resembles a real log type fire.  Since they are vented, the fumes that cause allergy concerns are vented up though the flue pipe or chimney.  These units do not require carbon monoxide detectors in the home but, I still recommend them since they have a gas burning appliance.

The bad: 

Vented units do not produce as much heat as the non-vented.  They also tend to burn more fuel, so you not getting as much heat for the amount of fuel burned.  These units can sometimes produce a suet if the logs are not positioned correctly.  This suet will coat your walls, ceilings and furnishings.

So, if you’re considering buying a home with a gas fireplace keep in mind the above information and make the decision that’s best for you and your family.

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