The Benefits Of A
Vented Gas Fireplace
A vented gas fireplace is not only attractive to look
at, but it is also much safer and efficient than a ventless
fireplace. These are just a couple of the added benefits that
this type of fireplace brings to your home.
As the name implies, a vented gas fireplace will require
some type of ventilation, be it a chimney or other out the wall
If your home does not have an existing chimney, you may want
to either reconsider this type of fireplace or be prepared for
the added expense of building a chimney for it.
Now, with that being said, the benefits of a vented
fireplace are quite advantageous.
Lower Burn Temperature - A ventless system requires a very
high burn temperature in order to avoid carbon monoxide
buildup. This is why the flames look so blue with a ventless
Since the burn temperature can be lower in a vented gas
fireplace, the flames will look much more real and closer to
those of a wood burning fireplace.
Safety - A vented fireplace is much safer than a ventless
one. Yes, a ventless fireplace has carbon monoxide sensors that
shut off the flames once it hits a certain level to avoid a
dangerous situation, but why mess with that to start with? What
if the sensor fails?
With gas, having a vent or chimney only makes better sense
to me. I know carbon monoxide will not build up and cause
Efficiency - Since a vented fireplace can burn at lower
temps, you will use less gas to run it; this results in lower
gas bills and more money in your pocket, not to mention a
cleaner more beautiful fire.
It is for these reasons among others that the benefits of a
vented gas fireplace far outweigh the added installation time
and need for a chimney.