Buying gas logs might seem like a great idea, as they don’t put off the smoke that sometimes comes with burning wood. However, how much heat they put out is something that you might want to consider before making your final decision; gas logs don’t put out as much heat as burning wood does. With this problem, many people feel that adding a blower to their gas logs is the best solution, as that will help circulate the warm air put out by the gas logs throughout the room.
Now this might seem like a good idea and perhaps even a viable idea, but the problem is you simply cannot do it. Blowers sadly cannot be put on gas logs, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any viable solutions out there for you to try. Our experts here at The Fireplace Place will tell you that your best bet is to simply add a blower to your fireplace or install a direct vent insert. However, before you decide to add a blower to your actual fireplace you must make sure your fireplace will support it, not all fireplaces ware able to support blowers. Not sure if yours will support a blower, one of our experts will be happy to come out and give you a professional opinion.
The good news about installing a direct vent insert is that just about every fireplace will support them; yes, even those poorly designed builder grade fireplaces can handle a direct vent insert. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg as there are many other benefits to installing a direct vent insert instead of a simple blower.
#1 Easy to install
Perhaps the best thing about direct vent inserts is how easy they are to install. Even though they are easy to install, as they don’t need any masonry work, it is still recommended that you hire a professional to install it. Hiring a professional ensures that everything is vented properly and that all the clearances have been met, which drastically reduces the risk of fire hazards.
Direct vent inserts are a great choice because of how efficient they are. Majority of people opt for a fireplace because they wish to use it as a secondary heat source, in some cases, as the main heat source. However, what many of you might not realize is that wood burning fireplaces are not very efficient heat sources as they let a lot of heated air out through the chimney. With a direct vent insert, you don’t have the heat loss as much because the only thing being vented is the gases. Plus, the insert radiates the heat into the room.
#3 Better for your health
One of the least known benefits to a direct vent insert is the health benefits it provides. All fireplaces, whether gas or wood burning, produce carbon monoxide, but where the carbon monoxide goes varies. With a wood burning fireplace the carbon monoxide simple makes it way inside the room thanks to something we call the convection effect. With a direct vent insert, the carbon monoxide is exhausted out the vents along with all of the other gases the fireplace produces. What this means for you is better air quality even when using your fireplace!
Christina Kraker 2017-10-13T17:01:37-04:00 October 9th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Would you like blower on your gas logs?