Vent-free appliances offer many benefits compared to vented heating appliances. Are you considering a vent-free stove, heater or fireplace? Fairview Hearthside, we have chosen what we believe to be the top four benefits of vent-free appliances. They are: installation cost, cost effectiveness, safety, and flexibility. Here’s the scoop:

Installation Cost: Let’s say you want a fireplace in the middle of your living area. A designer or engineer might look at your home and say, “No way can we get a chimney there.” But, you can have a safe vent-free fireplace or heater installed in your home at a fraction of the cost of conventional fireplaces and heaters. “Vent-free” means that the gas heater or fireplace is not vented to the outside. Our vent-free appliances are highly efficient, so there are very few combustion by-products. Vented heaters exhaust the combustion by-products to the outside, so they require a chimney or vent. Vent-free units burn inside air and do not require a vent, so installation is much less costly.

Cost Effectiveness: Vent-free appliances are cost effective to operate as well as to install. Savings on your initial purchase can be as much as 65%-75% compared to buying vented heaters. You save money right up front! And, you continue to save money over the life of the unit because vent-free heaters are 99.9% efficient. What does this mean? For every 1,000 BTUs of natural gas, 999 BTUs are converted to heat when burned with a vent-free appliance. Therefore, just 1 BTU is lost. Vented heaters are typically 75-82% efficient. So you get 22% to 33% more heat from a vent-free heater for the same cost.

Safety: Vent-free heaters are safe to use. You have probably used vent-free gas appliances in your home such as a gas stove, oven, or dryer. These appliances don’t need to be vented because LP gas (propane) and natural gas are very clean-burning. While there are tiny amounts of carbon monoxide and other gases released into the air, these amounts are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Vent-free appliances saves you the cost of installing an outside vent; it also does not pose the health risks associated with conventional fireplaces. The EPA advises that 70% of chimney smoke can come back into a home, causing serious health risks. Wood smoke contains tiny particles, known as particle pollution, linked to several respiratory conditions. People who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma and lung disease may want to consider a vent-free option. Vent free fireplaces are also better for the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), vent-free appliances are among the cleanest of all fossil fuels.

Flexibility: Vented heaters and fireplaces must be vented through a wall, up a chimney, or through the ceiling and attic. This requires costly installation, and once installed, you can’t move them very easily. However, if you ever do renovations that require you to move your vent-free appliance, this is relatively simple to do. First, make sure that the new location does not violate any regulations. Get a professional to disconnect the gas line, move the unit to the new location, and ask a professional to hook it up to the gas line.

At Fairview Hearthside, we are here to answer your questions. Contact us for more information or browse our website.