Understanding A Direct Vent Gas Fireplace

Understanding A Direct Vent Gas Fireplace

There are a lot of homes today designed without any consideration for putting in a traditional type of fireplace with a large masonry chimney and hearth area. For these homeowners, a direct vent gas fireplace offers an alternative without the need for the traditional fireplace design.

With the new technology used in creating the “burn” or the flames in a direct vent gas fireplace, they are very realistic looking, not at all like the old styles of gas fireplaces from decades ago. Today, these fireplaces come in a variety of styles and are in high demand for home additions, bedrooms, family rooms, home theaters and anywhere else you want the beauty and comfort of a fireplace.

The Advantages

With a direct vent gas fireplace, as with a gas insert or a gas fireplace, the gas line is run through the walls. This provides instant on and off to the system, as well as full temperature control, all from a remote control or on/off switch system. These fireplaces can even be connected to wall thermostats, allowing you to set the temperature in a room to your comfort level without adjusting the heat in the rest of the home.

With no need to carry in wood, and no need to clean out ashes, these are virtually maintenance free fireplaces for any room. They come in a range of sizes and with different looks from the very traditional to modern, allowing you to choose the right match for your room.

How they Work

A direct vent gas fireplace is vented to the outside of the home, but it doesn’t need a chimney, just a vent pipe. It can even be placed horizontally through a wall if it is not possible to vent through the roof. This vent pipe contains two sections, one for bringing in air to provide fuel for combustion and one for expelling the by-products of the burning process.

Air from the outside is brought into the sealed system, then the gases created through the burning process are pushed out through the vent pipe. There is no air exchange between the fireplace and the air in the interior of the home, rather radiant heating provides warmth to the room.

Top direct vent gas fireplace models will have electronic ignitions, remote controls for operation, as well as blowers to increase the distribution of heat throughout the room. Highly energy efficient and beautiful, these are a great addition to virtually any room of any home.

If you have always wanted a fireplace but didn’t think you had the right home design, talk to our representative at Kozy Heat. We can find the right direct vent gas fireplace to meet your needs.

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