The Benefits of Ventless Fireplaces
Many home buyers these days are set on finding a home that has one or more fireplaces, especially those homes that are located in a cooler climate. There is something about a roaring fire that appeals to many would be homeowners. Unfortunately, not all homes come with a fireplace and this can be a deal breaker for some people. Fireplaces these days come in a number of different configurations depending on the way the home was built and whether or not they put in a vented or ventless type of fireplace.
The main difference between the two is kind of obvious, if there is a chimney then you have a vented type and if there is not, then you will have one of the several different types of ventless fireplaces. We will discuss the types of ventless fireplaces a little later in the article. Either one can be quite desirable depending on your preferences.
What Are the Real Benefits of Installing a Ventless Fireplace?
Ventless fireplaces have been around the US since the 1980’s and as technology has improved so has their look, feel and functionality. There are a number of things that make a ventless fireplace a really good choice. The number one advantage of having a ventless option is there is no need for a chimney. Depending on the type of fuel that is used to burn and produce the heat there little to no dangerous gases produced and the little amount can safely be exhausted into the room.
Since there is no chimney or bulky flew coming out of the fireplace it can be placed just about anywhere you want to, as long as you have access to an electrical outlet or gas connection in case you purchase a natural gas type of fireplace. If you chose an all electric type, you need to be sure that you have access to a 120-volt power outlet.
Today’s ventless fireplaces come in a wide variety of shape, sizes, and styles. You will be able to find a model that fits in with your tastes with little trouble. Depending on which type you buy it might require you to seek professional help installing it or you can simply set it into place and plug it in.
Types of Ventless Fireplaces
There are a number of different types of ventless fireplaces for you to choose from depending on your needs. While the removal of the vent eliminates the need for a flue or chimney, there is still the concerned fuel or power source. The following is a list of the most common ventless fireplaces:
- Natural Gas
Maintenance and Costs Associated with a Ventless Fireplace
While they are called ventless fireplaces, they are not without need for maintenance or free from associated costs. All appliances that use natural gas or propane should be regularly maintained to ensure that there are no leaks that can potentially cause harmful gases to escape into the room.
Choosing the Right One for Your Home
If your home doesn’t have a fireplace and you are really wanting one, you need to be sure that you choose the right one. Chances are if your home doesn’t have a chimney, you are going to want to find a ventless fireplace. You need to select the type that fits in with your current utilities like if you don’t currently have a natural gas or propane hook up where you want the fireplace to go you would be better off staying away from either one of those.
This leaves one of the alternative fuel type fireplaces and you want to be sure you chose a model that is designed for the size of the room where you are wanting it to go. Once you decide which is the best type for you all there is left for you to do is sit back and enjoy the results.