In today’s inflated and competitive heating market you might want to consider a gas fireplace as a heating choice. Even though the price of natural gas fluctuates, it is by far more economical and reliable than electric.
Many workers are gone all day and like to enjoy the weekends which leaves no time for tending to a fireplace, wood, and the other duties of using wood as your primary heating source. You can still have the beauty of a fireplace and the convenience of an efficient heat source by investing in a gas fireplace insert. The designs and styles of these are immense, and most of them are quite beautiful with glass windows so you can enjoy watching your fire burn. Of course, you will have to have a professional convert your fireplace to gas if it isn’t converted yet.
Gas Fireplace Recommendations for Builders and Remodelers
Builders, remodelers, and their clients will want to keep the following recommendations in their mind when thinking of converting to a gas fireplace.
Fireplace inserts are an excellent way to go when converting from a wood fireplace to a gas fireplace. They come in many sizzling styles and sizes for your perfect fit.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency Ratings
The biggest fireplace manufacturer in the world, Hearth & Home Technologies states that only gas fireplaces that are “Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency” rated be used. The gas fireplaces rated by such are under the same standards for testing as energy efficient furnaces.
Zone heating is the method of control with a thermostat as in central heating or air conditioning. Your new gas fireplace, when properly installed, can be part of a “multi-zone” heating system.
The good thing about this is you can control your gas fireplace with a separate temperature control and set the temperature to the best for the purpose it serves. You could actually make it into a “Smart Fireplace “and control the temperature from a remote or from your phone, turning it off and on if so desired.
Gas Fireplaces and Venting
Venting is an important matter with gas fireplaces. It is especially important to have them professionally installed.
Direct Vent Fireplaces
The most popular gas fireplaces are direct vent, and sales statistics support this. The way this works is air comes from outside to feed the fire as ventilation enhancing the flame. After this the combustion gases are exited through a wall mounted vent or through a venting system in the roof. The combustion gases are cool by the time they reach this point. Direct vent fireplaces are the most efficient and that is why they are in such demand on the market. Most of the heat they produce remains in the home, or appointed heated area. Another really good thing about direct vent fireplaces is the fact that they are simpler to install and more economical than the traditional gas masonry fireplaces. Gas fireplaces are good at expelling radiant heat out into your area you are heating.
Class B Vent
Class B vents, also called natural vents, on a standard gas fireplace requires a through-the-roof vent. This is called a Class B flue. Its purpose is to carry away hot combustion gases.
More Than Efficient Heating Choices in Gas Fireplaces
A direct vent gas fireplace is the way to go because it uses outdoor air instead of air from the indoors for combustion purposes. Direct vent fireplaces are more safe, efficient, and offer a wider range of versatility than a conventional gas fireplace. The air comes from the outside through a double vent pipe with an outer chamber. The inner chamber of the double vent pipe exhausts the fumes from the fire and expels them to the outside.
Gas going out the flue is a little cleaner than with your typical wood burning fireplaces. Wood burning fireplaces have come along way in recent years with the strong use of fireplace inserts. Now there is a secondary burn unit on modern wood burning fireplace inserts where hardly any fumes escape into the environment. These wood burning fireplace inserts are EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Certified, if they aren’t you do not want to buy them.
With the direct vented gas fireplace you can actually run the vents through the wall because very little harmful fumes are emitted making this a wise and efficient secondary heating choice.