Advantages of a Direct Vent Fireplace
February 25, 2017
Direct vent fireplaces are becoming more and more popular with today’s homeowners, particularly for homes that do not have built-in fireplaces. But what is a direct vent fireplace, and why are they so desirable?
Put simply, a direct vent fireplace is a factory-built gas fireplace that uses only outside air to sustain the fire. Air is drawn in from outside your home through a small vent into the firebox, where it supplies the fire, after which the new spent air leaves through another vent back outside your home. Due to the laws of convection, this process happens naturally as soon as the fire is started. These vents can be installed around obstacles and only require a small cut through your home’s exterior wall.
In addition to the radiant heat leaving the fireplace through the glass front, room air is circulated around the firebox to be heated and then pumped back into the room, providing all the warmth and comfort of a traditional fireplace.
This design allows for a series of substantial advantages:
- They can be operated without electricity;
- Requires no existing fireplace, but can also be installed into one;
- No flue or chimney required;
- Relatively easy installation provided it is professionally handled;
- They are as much as 5 times more efficient that a traditional fireplace;
- The flames and any particles cannot physically escape the fireplace into your home;
- Health benefits: none of the combustion gasses enter your home environment, due to the firebox and the room using different air;
- Very little required maintenance;
- Modern aesthetic.
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Contact us today at MyFireplace and speak to any of our home comfort specialists if you’re interested in installing a direct vent fireplace in your home.