People often ask if they can they add a fan or blower to their vent-free fireplaces. The answer is, yes — there are many gas fireplace models that have louvers (grilles) on the front where a blower kit can be easily installed. Blower kits are accessories that can enhance both the efficiency and the coziness of your vent-free fireplace. If you are thinking of adding a fan/blower to your vent-free fireplace, here are some things to consider:

Increased Energy Efficiency – People often ask why the fan kit they have installed doesn’t turn on right away. This is usually nothing to be concerned about. Blower or fan kits often come with thermocouples. These thermocouples are sensors that are able to measure the heat in your fireplace. They are designed so the fan can automatically blow hot air into your room when your fireplace reaches a certain temperature. When there is no heat to circulate, the thermocouple stops the fan/blower so energy is not wasted. This technology makes heating rooms much more energy efficient. This is why adding a fan/blower to your fireplace actually increases the efficiency of your fireplace. Purchasing a fan/blower kit is an excellent investment because it saves energy costs.

Easy installation – A fan/blower kit can be easily installed, and many gas and wood appliances have that option. Adding a fan or blower to your fireplace can be done quite easily if electricity was provided to the fireplace junction box when your fireplace was initially installed. If you do not have electricity to the junction box, you will need to have a qualified electrician set that up. It is also important that your fireplace is equipped with louvers or grills. The blower should be located underneath the vent-free box and you will place the thermocouple (a device capable of converting heat in electrical power) on the top side of the compartment beneath your firebox. Following these simple guidelines allows the thermocouple to accurately read your fireplace’s temperature.

Some people complain that the fan/blower in their fan kit is too noisy. Is there a solution to this problem?

Absolutely. Many fan kits include a rheostat control that is able to control the electrical resistance of a circuit without interrupting the flow of the current. The rheostat control is usually located behind the lower louver of the fireplace. This advanced technology allows you to get more air from your fan by turning up the speed of your fan. You can also easily reduce noise created by the fan/blower. A rheostat control (similar to a light dimmer) lets you turn down the control so you are able to reduce disturbing air noise from the fan. It is also possible for you to purchase a remote control that allows you to conveniently control both the height of the flame and the speed of the fan while you can remain relaxed on your sofa.

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