A gas fireplace can either be vented or vent free. Mainline recommends vented, because 100 percent of the pollutants caused by gas combustion, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen and sulfur oxides, are sent outside. Vented units can have a thermal efficiency rating of up to 86.4 percent.
From an environmental standpoint, gas fireplaces produce low fine-particle pollution. Fine particles, such as those found in smoke and haze, are 2.5 micrometers in diameter and smaller. Though new EPA-certified wood stoves are much cleaner than uncertified stoves or fireplaces, they still produce more than 100 times more harmful fine-particle pollution than a gas furnace for the same amount of heat.
Gas stoves come in different types and styles. An insert sits inside an existing fireplace and contains log-and-burner sets that look like a real wood fire. A built-in can be installed in an interior wall and contain gas logs, or they can contain glass crystals or stones for a more modern look. Free-standing gas stoves are also available for a more traditional look.
Visit the showroom at Mainline Home Energy Services to learn more about gas fireplace options. We are located at 591 Ference Road (Route 89) in Ashford, Connecticut.
Mainline Home Energy Services covers Eastern Connecticut and South Central Massachusetts, including the towns of Tolland, Somers, Glastonbury, Colchester and Woodstock CT and Sutton, Sturbridge and Longmeadow MA.