Homeowners today want a wide range of interior design options, and the types of appliances and furnishings available have increased to meet this variety of preferences.
There are many things that can make a house into a home, and one of the most common factors that adds to how cozy a space can be is the fireplace. However, cities are increasingly congested, not all homes have a chimney, and not all homeowners prefer electric fireplaces.
Because of this, one of the most asked questions is – can you still install a gas fireplace without having a chimney?
The answer is yes, you most definitely can!
If you want to install a gas fireplace without a chimney present, you have two main options:
- Invest in a ventless gas fireplace
- Install a venting system
Investing In A Ventless Gas Fireplace
Ventless gas fireplaces are recommended only for well-ventilated rooms – think high ceilings and multiple big windows. While these can be a cost-efficient option, they are not permitted in some states and jurisdictions due to health and safety concerns.
The safety concerns revolve around the byproducts that remain circulating within your home. The upside is that these types of gas fireplaces are built to be very efficient and burn only a small amount of gas per time.
Moreover, most of the manufacturers specializing in ventless gas fireplaces have very strict safety regulations they adhere to and keep up to date. One of the important factors to look out for is making sure your ventless gas fireplace has oxygen sensors to keep oxygen levels safe and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you have questions about whether your jurisdiction permits ventless appliances, call The Gas Connection or talk to your appliance retailer to get more information.
Installing A Venting System
Installing a venting system involves either direct vents or Type B vents.
With direct vents, the fire’s fumes are effectively kept separate from the air within your room. This is accomplished by installing two separate chambers – one for circulating the room’s air around the fireplace, and one to get rid of the fumes towards the outside.
Direct vents draw air in from outdoors, which conveniently removes the need for a draft to keep the fire going. Lastly, when installed horizontally, these vents are able to keep more heat in.
With Type B vents, you will need a pipe venting system that goes through the roof and efficiently removes fumes from the gas fireplace. However, unlike direct vents, you will need to create a draft (like an open window) in order to prevent carbon dioxide buildup. It also does not retain heat as efficiently since it is vented together with the fumes.
Whichever vent you choose, make sure to consult with a qualified professional to ensure proper installation.
Along with venting, your gas fireplace will also require a gas line to supply gas to the appliance. Once you have decided on the fireplace for you, feel free to contact us at The Gas Connection to install your gas line and help you enjoy your new purchase as soon (and safely) as possible!