First of all… what IS a “ventless” gas fireplace anyway?
The industry likes the term “vent-free” when talking about gas fireplaces that keep all the exhaust gases in your home and do not have a proper vent. Some prefer the term “ventless” or “unvented.”
Not a huge deal, but the ventless gas industry wants you to feel that you’re being liberated of a burden by not having an exhaust vent. It may sound nice, but it’s important for people to know that they’re actually missing something important when they go with a ventless gas appliance.
Secondly, may do not realize that unvented gas fireplaces are actually a liability. Some would say that you may want to remove it and replace it with a properly vented one.
We know that some people love them and have never had a problem with theirs. We also know, however, that plenty of people with unvented gas fireplaces complain of headaches and other problems. So let’s address the question of how to determine if your gas fireplace is vented or not, just in case. The answer is quite simple. You put your head into the fireplace (when it’s off, of course) and look up. If there’s a hole, it’s vented.
It is true that many people with these kind of gas fireplaces, have complained of headaches and even feeling sick from prolonged exposure.
So here are a few main reasons that ventless gas fireplaces may not be good for you or your home:
- Even when working perfectly, they put a lot of water vapor into the house.
- Drafts, fans, candles, and tight houses can mess up the combustion process.
- Many homeowners don’t understand how to operate or maintain them.
If you do have any questions or concerns about YOUR gas fireplace, just reach out to us today so we can inspect it properly for you: 817-791-4606