Vent-free supplemental heating appliances are so convenient, they can be operated using a remote controller. At Mr. Vent Free, we ship each unit with a remote control system. The remote controller gives you the power to dictate the level of heat radiating from your appliance without ever leaving the couch. Each remote controller consists of the hand-held transmitter and the receiver box that hooks up to the heating unit. Modeled to be as simple as a television remote, simply press and button and watch the flames dance.

Our remote systems allow users to control a variety of options just like most moderns thermostat installations. In addition to simple on/off commands, the remotes can control factors such as flame height, fan speed, lighting and temperature. Depending on how elaborate of a vent-free heating appliance you invested in, the remote control system is designed to control your heating unit.

Generally, both the transmitter and receiver are battery powered and should easily last 6 months to a year depending on frequency of use. It should be noted that some units only require batteries for the transmitter. The receiver portion of the control should be installed near the fireplace. Often there is space for it to be placed completely out of sight underneath the unit. Overall, the range of the remote controller extends up to 25 feet, which should be sufficient to reach the unit from the heated area.

In some instances, certain WIFI systems, garage door openers or TV remotes can operate at the same frequencies as the heater’s remote. Using these other systems can trigger the fireplace to turn off or on. The problem is easily fixed by changing the frequency of the fireplace remote to an unused frequency. Keep in mind that people living in multi-family dwellings can be affected by a neighbor’s remote. To avoid unexpected operation from these factors while away from the house for an extended period of time, switch the receiver to the “off” position to deactivate it.

If you ever encounter problems with your vent-free remote controller, first check or change the batteries in both the transmitter and receiver pieces. Double-check that both devices are set to the “on” position and in the correct transmitter mode. You may need to try the remote at different ranges depending on the age of the batteries and amount of potential interference in your house. In rare cases, the remote may have a defective component that must be replaced to restore proper functioning.

Using the remote controller with vent-free appliances saves time and makes this form of supplemental heat ultra-convenient. Ask us any questions you have about vent-free appliances.