In the 1980’s, direct vent technology was created, making the installation of a gas fireplace virtually anywhere in the home, possible. Since this time the direct vent fireplace has had ups and downs. Direct vent fireplaces, despite its past, continues to increase in popularity because of its versatility and heat efficiency. Traditional gas fireplaces, however, remain the favourite.
Advantages of Direct Vent Fireplaces
Direct vent fireplaces are fueled by either natural gas or propane. They do not require a chimney and for this reason, they are the sweetheart of the fireplace industry. Heating a basement or even a bathroom is now possible with the installation of a direct vent fireplace. These fireplaces vent directly through a wall or roof.
The direct vent fireplace draws air from outside, preventing the already warm air inside from being reheated. Heat loss is kept to a minimum, and this makes the direct vent fireplace an efficient choice.
Not having to worry about a chimney allows the homeowner who doesn’t have the specifications for a traditional fireplace, to enjoy the heat, comfort and ambiance a fireplace creates.
Direct vent fireplaces are also versatile with the fuel source needed. A direct vent fireplace can be fueled by either gas or propane. They are also versatile when it comes to the budget. Direct vent fireplaces range in price and can often cost less than a traditional fireplace. These fireplaces are very efficient, making them easy on the pocketbook and the environment. Direct vent fireplaces also provide less risk of carbon monoxide entering the home.
Insta-Flame and Northern Flame Recalls
In 2012, a large recall on Insta-Flame and Northern Flame direct vent fireplaces was made by Health Canada. Because of a manufacturing flaw, some models were slow to ignite and could subsequently cause an explosion that would, in turn, shatter the glass and cause possible injury. The manufacturer of these fireplaces were already been out of business when the recall occurred, and consumers were left to deal the problem themselves. It’s important to note that although this recall put direct vent fireplaces on the map in a negative way, the flaw that posed the danger was not directly related to the technology that direct vent fireplaces offers. The recall was specific to fireplace models Insta-flame or Northern Flame (Models FSDV22, FSDV30 and FSDV32, Series).
Because direct-vent fireplaces burn hotter, therefore disposing of carbon monoxide, their flames are often blue, not the traditional and more realistic yellow and orange. This can be a sticking point for consumers who are looking to get as close to the real thing as possible. Technology in this area is ever changing, and direct vent fireplaces are burning more like it’s traditional gas counterpart.
On a cold winter night, when the furnace goes out, you will be happy for any gas fireplace. During a power outage in the dead of winter, is not the time to make decisions about which fireplace is best for you. Do your research, ask the professionals and you’ll soon be enjoying the kind of warm comfort that only a fireplace can bring.
If you require a direct vent fireplace, or gas fireplace in the Hamilton, Binbrook, Burlington, or Grimsby area, contact Hamilton Home Comfort today. If you have a recalled fireplace like Insta-Flame or Northern Flame, we highly recommend not using it, and installing a safe gas fireplace. Hamilton Home Comfort can recommend dozens of direct-vent gas fireplace models to suit your house and budget.