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How Effective Are Gas Logs?

Gas Logs Effective Image - Chicago IL - Aelite ChimneyAccording to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), gas logs are becoming more and more popular because of their convenience and ease of use. Another reason why homeowners are frequently choosing to update their fireplace with a set of gas logs is to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. The higher the energy efficiency rating is, the less you have to spend on heating costs. You can even find a set of gas logs that has an energy efficiency rating of 99 percent. Since gas logs are available in two different types, it is important to know more about these types when you are shopping for this gas hearth appliance. Aelite Chimney Specialties offers sales and installation services for both types of gas logs, and we would like to tell you more about each type to help you choose which one is the best for your home.

Vented

If the aesthetics of a wood fire are important to you, you will want to consider a vented set of gas logs. Also known as “yellow flame” logs, vented gas logs look much more realistic than the other type of gas logs. However, since these logs do not burn as cleanly and produce exhaust similar to a wood fire, they must be vented through an existing chimney. This means some of the heat from these gas logs escapes out of the chimney, which reduces the energy efficiency of the heating appliance. Vented gas logs still have efficiency ratings from 70 to 85 percent, which is a big improvement over the average 15 percent rating of an older traditional wood-burning fireplace.

Ventless

Are you considering adding a fireplace to your home, but are concerned about the expense of building a new chimney? Installing a set of ventless gas logs is the perfect answer because they do not need to be vented through a chimney. Ventless gas logs provide much more warmth than vented logs and have energy efficiency ratings up to 99 percent. Because ventless logs do not have a way to exhaust fumes, however, they do have some safety concerns. You are required to also install a carbon monoxide detector alarm when you update your home with a set of ventless gas logs because of the increased risk of a leak of that toxic combustion gas. Despite these concerns, ventless gas logs are safe to use when you carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Aelite Chimney Specialties will help you to understand the safest way to operate your ventless gas logs after we install a set in your home.

Considering adding a set of gas logs to your home this winter? Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to find out more about our sales and installation services of both vented and ventless gas logs.

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Gas Logs vs Wood-Burning Inserts

Gas Logs vs Wood-Burning Inserts Image - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney Specialties LLCIf you were disappointed with the heating efficiency of your old masonry fireplace last winter, you may be thinking of how to improve its performance. Unfortunately, traditional fireplaces do not provide a lot of heat to your home because a lot of the hot air exits out of the chimney. This can make your heating bills very expensive as you try to compensate for the loss of heat. Aelite Chimney Specialties has several options that can increase your home’s heating efficiency by updating your masonry fireplace, and two of the most popular of these options are gas logs and wood-burning fireplace inserts. While both of these heating appliances will lower your heating costs and provide more heat to your home, they each have their own pros and cons. We would like to tell you more about gas logs and wood-burning inserts to help you decide which one would work better in your home.

Gas Logs

If you are on a tight budget, gas logs can be your best option to increase the heating efficiency in your home. Not only are gas logs economical, they are also more convenient than wood-burning fireplace inserts. You will not have to worry about bringing in firewood or sweeping up ashes after every fire. All you have to do to start a fire is turn the gas logs on by flipping a switch or pressing a button on a remote control. Gas logs are available in two types – vented and vent-free. According to SF Gate, a set of vented gas logs requires a chimney, while a set of vent-free gas logs can be installed wherever you choose. You may have heard that vent-free gas logs can be unsafe, but Aelite Chimney Specialties will tell you exactly how to use this type of gas logs and enjoy safe fires. Although newer sets of gas logs look very realistic, one of the biggest drawbacks of this heating appliance is the absence of the sensory experiences of burning wood.

Wood-Burning Inserts

For those who prefer the scents, sounds, and sights of a wood fire, a wood-burning fireplace insert can be the best option to increase the heating efficiency of your home. Aelite Chimney Specialties can install one of these inserts into your existing masonry fireplace opening so that you can enjoy safe, clean, and warm wood fires. If you have access to cutting your own firewood, this option can be very budget friendly. Using the latest technology, this type of heating appliance burns wood very efficiently so that fewer amounts of smoke and other pollutants are produced with each fire. One of our favorite things about wood-burning fireplace inserts is the ability to provide heat even if the electricity and gas are out because of a winter storm.

To learn more about these heating appliances, contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties. We can help you decide whether gas logs or a wood-burning insert would be the best choice for your home.

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Let Us Answer Your Vent-Free Gas Logs FAQ

An increasingly popular, economical, and environmentally-friendly way to enjoy a fire, gas logs are available from Aelite Chimney Specialties in two different types: vented and vent-free (also known as ventless or unvented). If you are shopping for gas logs, you may hesitate from choosing vent-free gas logs because you have heard they are are not safe to use because they can leak poisonous gases like carbon monoxide into your home. However, this information is not completely true. Recently, The VentFree Organization, discovered in a study of vent-free gas logs that their emissions are well within the recommended standards for good indoor air quality. Our staff at Aelite Chimney Specialties can help you decide which type of gas logs are best for you, and we would like to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about vent-free gas logs to put your mind at ease.

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What are the dangers of carbon monoxide leaking into my house from vent-free logs?

Including households with the elderly, pregnant women, and small children, vent-free gas logs passed every test comparing their carbon monoxide levels with the recommended maximum levels as set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Vent-free gas logs passed all of the tests with flying colors and are well within the CPSC indoor air quality guidelines. Of course, for safety reasons, your home should have several carbon monoxide detection alarms installed on each level of your home and outside every bedroom because the toxic gas is odorless and tasteless.

Can I heat my entire house with vent-free gas logs?

No, all major building codes recommend that a primary heat source, like a furnace, be functional in the home before installing vent-less gas logs. These gas logs are only approved as a strictly supplemental heat source.

Can I use vent-free gas logs in every state?

No, vent-free gas logs are illegal to use in California. However, in the other 49 states, the International Residential Code (IRC) accepted the use of vent-free gas logs as a supplemental heating source in January 2006.

Will vent-free gas logs produce too much heat in tightly constricted homes?

This issue is solved by controlling the heat output of your vent-free gas logs and setting the heat to your desired temperature. Although, if your home is tightly constricted without much ventilation, Aelite Chimney Specialties will follow the manufacturer’s instructions and all building code requirements to provide the needed ventilation and combustion air. In some cases, however, we may also have to install additional mechanical ventilation.

Will I be able to use my ceiling fan in the same room as my vent-free gas logs?

Yes, a ceiling fan can be used to distribute the heat around the room, but you must be sure that the fan does not blow directly into the fireplace or cause drafts that alter the burner’s flame patterns, or you could end up with soot inside your house.

How should I maintain my vent-free gas logs?

Once a year, you should have your vent-free gas logs professionally cleaned and serviced. Aelite Chimney Specialties can inspect and adjust the oxygen and carbon monoxide monitors for safe and efficient performance.

Do you have more questions about vent-free gas logs? Contact Aelite Chimney Specialties to ask us more about this safe and efficient supplemental heating source.

Keep the Fire Burning with Gas Logs

Conversion to Gas Logs

Picture this: The sweet aroma of eucalyptus surrounding the room as you are cozily tucked in a bearskin blanket; you’re drinking a glass of milk and munching on oatmeal cookies with the perfect Christmas song playing in the background;  reminiscing everything that happened over the years while you sit by the fireplace – an awe-inspiring moment. Wouldn’t you want to enjoy that kind of lifestyle without having to worry about constantly changing, hauling and chopping wood to put into the fireplace? Wouldn’t you want to make sure there is enough heat inside the house?

We need logs to keep the fire burning. Wood is affordable and can sometimes be taken out of your own backyard if you live in rural places. However, it takes the right amount of moisture and humidity in it to make sure that the combustion residue and carbon monoxide are reduced to a minimum so that people will be safe inside the home. Because of this, people have come up with more convenient ways to relax and enjoy their fireplaces. Technology has made this possible. Now there are what we call gas logs.

Gas logs offer a convenient and less messy alternative to traditional masonry fireplaces.

Gas logs offer a convenient and less messy alternative to traditional masonry fireplaces.

Gas logs are open flame appliances with manufactured ceramic fiber logs placed over a burner to provide a realistic dramatization of actual traditional flame. It uses either natural gas or propane. They are now trending in numerous homes. People would rather enjoy the benefits and accept the consequences of this technology than to constantly stress themselves with producing the right amount of wood needed for the entire season, not to mention the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Exploring Your Options

There are two categories for Gas Logs. There are Vented Gas Logs and Vent-Free Gas Logs both having its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

Vented Gas Logs give a realistic approach to people who admire the ambiance and serenity it brings. It is also budget-friendly and convenient in a way that they have adjustable flame control systems and remote control ignitions to start up the fire. The damper of the fireplace needs to be opened so the disturbing odor that accumulates can directly go up the chimney and out to free open air. On the downside, just like wood, with the open combustion system it naturally has, it will most likely contain a minimal amount of hazardous materials that can threaten our lives. It also needs more gas than usual.

Vent-Free Gas Logs are designed to produce hot flame that result nearly in complete fuel combustion. It can decrease the level of carbon monoxide and soot. It burns gas cleanly and produces no exhaust at all. The damper does not need to be opened and a minimal supply of natural gas is needed. If you are planning to get one of these, make sure that there is a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. It does not have the same roaring-effect of realistic flame like that of vented gas logs but it can assure that there is just the right amount of heat produced. This too has its disadvantages. Since there is no vent included, the by-products used are directed back to the air you breathe. It has this distinct odor of burning kerosene. So for people who are sensitive to smell, this can be dangerous. Also, if not properly cleaned, the residue left after burning these logs will result to molds and mildew.

You can only get the very best of these logs if you secure them from Aelite Chimney Specialties. They will be able to provide you with the best vented and vent-free gas logs that are safe, efficient, and convenient – only the best that their industry has produced to date.