What is Vent-Free?
A vent-free gas-heating appliance operates without a chimney, flue or vent, so you can install one just about anywhere. Key points:
-They’re 99.9% efficient.
-They have low operating costs.
-They provide warmth during power outages and localized comfort to rooms that are hard to heat.
-They are design certified and tested to meet the latest national safety standards.
-Over 10 million homes in America use vent-free gas heating. Worldwide, usage exceeds 45 million homes.
-Vent-free gas heating is the number one source of supplemental heat.
How Can it Help You?
Vent-free heaters operate on natural or propane gas--no electricity required.
The flame is fueled by either natural or propane gas through a permanent line that is connected to either a blue flame or yellow flame burner, or a ceramic plaque burner. It’s important to note that there are no gas conversion kits available for vent-free gas heating products. If a customer purchases a heater for a specific gas type, they cannot switch it later. Therefore, careful attention should be paid to the customer’s gas supply type when recommending which model to be bought.
These heaters are easy to install, requiring only a piped gas line to the room of choice, fittings as detailed in the owner’s manual, and a certified gas technician to hook it all up.
Compared to heating with wood vent-free products are more cost effective without the added hassle of cutting and stacking wood along with difficult fireplace maintenance. Even homeowners with electric heat can often benefit from vent-free gas heating appliances because they may already have natural gas lines or can easily be connected to propane.
Zone Heating Helps Save Money
Using a vent-free gas product can reduce your heating costs by taking advantage of “zone heating”. Using your vent-free unit to heat the most frequently used room in your house will allow you to turn down your central heating thermostat and save money. Most families don’t use all of the rooms in the home anyways so, by installing a vent-free gas unit and focusing the heat in the frequently used rooms you will obtain the benefits of “zone heating”.
With a vent-free gas product, there’s no chimney or vent allowing heat to escape. And if there’s no heat escaping, you are utilizing the full BTU value of the gas and you’re saving money. All the heat stays in the room, right where you want it. A vent-free gas-heating product literally costs only pennies per hour to operate, because no heat is wasted through an open chimney damper and flue. Below is a cost savings chart which compares different heating methods.
Choosing The Right BTU Output:
There are many questions that must be answered before determining the BTU you will need to heat given area: what size is the room, what height is the ceiling, how many and what kind of windows, how much insulation, how many doors, inside or outside walls etc. However, since temperature ranges vary in all regions of the country, the desired heat output from a vent-free gas appliance will vary dramatically based on the season and usage patterns of the household. The chart below is used to determine the BTU heating capacity for a room or area with an 8 ft. ceiling height.
No Chimney, No Problem!
You don’t need one, so you’re spared the costly expense of having a vent or chimney installed. In fact, the installed cost of a vent-free gas fireplace can be as low as one-third the cost of a wood-burning fireplace.
An added bonus: You don’t have to deal with any smoke, soot, burning embers, ashes, or chopping, stacking and carrying wood. A vent-free gas heating product offers the most affordable solution when adding a fireplace to your home.
Use Your Old Masonry Fireplace:
If you have a traditional fireplace, you’re already aware of how inefficient they are, and the associated mess and inconvenience. Simply put in a log set, or install an insert if your fireplace is damaged or inoperable.