March 31, 2020

Vent free or vented gas insert – which to choose?

Whether your installing an updated system to replace your old insert or converting from a traditional wood burning fireplace to one that’s cleaner and more efficient – choosing between a vented or vent-free gas insert can be a big decision.

As with making any decision, there are pros and cons to each type of insert and the best option for your home will depend on your needs.

Vent Free Propane Systems

  • Vent free units are a very efficient heat source for many small to medium sized fireplaces.
  • The flame on a vent free system burns less fuel and emits less exhaust so that it can meet required safety standards – most vent free systems heat at about 40,000 BTUs per hour.
  • A vent free system has similar features to gas heaters and has similar safety features like a safety shut off and oxygen sensor.
  • Since they are vent free, they are almost 100 percent efficient with no heat being lost up the chimney.

Vented Propane Systems

  • They provide a more substantial flame and heat – about 80,000 to 90,000 BTUs – however, they burn about twice as much fuel as well to achieve this.
  • They are not nearly as efficient as their vent free counterpart – some of the heat that is produced goes up the chimney vs. into your home.
  • Vented units fit much better in larger fireplace openings and produce a substantial flame that will fill more of the space.

There’s nothing like warming up next to the fire on a snowy day. The only thing better than a roaring fire on a wintry night is a roaring fire that needs no tending, requires minimal cleanup, and doesn’t leave the rest of the house freezing cold.

Choosing the right fireplace insert is as much about looks as it is about functionality – after all your fireplace is a focal point of the room. You’ll also want to consider how efficient a system you want as well. Not sure which set up is best for you – give us a call or stop by our office to view some of our products!

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