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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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Why Convert to Gas Logs?

Is your wood-burning fireplace adding to much work for you? Here's the solution: Gas Logs!

Is your wood-burning fireplace adding to much work for you? Here’s the solution: Gas Logs!

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you may love having the traditional wood fire with its aroma, fiery heat, and crackling sounds; however, you may dislike having to clean up the mess after the fire, hauling firewood from the outdoors to your fireplace, and dealing with creosote build-up in your chimney, a fact of life when you burn wood. Fortunately, there is a solution: converting to gas logs. You will increase your energy efficiency, reduce clean up, and be able to control your fire with a thermostat. Fairly inexpensive to install, Aelite Chimney Specialities carries both ventless and vented gas logs and has certified installation experts who can fix up your old wood-burning fireplace and convert it into a gas fireplace for you, giving you convenience and energy-efficiency.

According to the article “Hearth and Home: Converting that wood-burning fireplace to gas,” in the Albany, NY area newspaper, The Times Union, wood fires actually do not heat your home. Instead, they suck out up to 300 cubic feet per minute of warm air that goes out your chimney. Wood fires also expose you and your family to dangerous toxins like carbon monoxide, respiratory irritants, and carcinogens. They also contribute to air pollution, and you have to worry about creosote building up in your chimney, which can start a chimney fire. However, you do not have to give up on your fireplace completely, especially when you have options to easily convert to a gas fireplace by installing gas logs.

When it comes to gas logs, you have two options:

vented gas logs

Budget-friendly, these gas logs look realistic because they mimic many different species of wood and have convincing flames with embers. Convenient as there is no chopping or stacking wood or clean up involved, some models come with remote-controlled ignitions and adjustable flame control. One thing to consider with vented gas logs, they have the same open combustion as wood, so you have to watch out for the same dangers and health hazards as with wood. Whenever you burn a fire, you must keep your damper wide open, and manufacturers even recommend keeping a window open while using gas logs. Another danger with vented gas logs, older or defective logs can diffuse explosive gas into the air.

ventless gas logs

Banned in some municipalities and even in some countries, ventless gas logs are not really ventless. Not only do they take away air from the room, but they also return vapors and irritants back into it. Some stores will not even sell this type of gas logs because they can cause condensation on your walls. This can cause toxic fungus and even mold to grow in your home. However, ventless gas logs are affordable and easy to install, and even though they do not give you a realistic, roaring fire, they will provide supplemental heat. If you are aware of the dangers and hazards, ventless gas logs are an economical and simple way to convert your wood-burning fireplace into a gas fireplace.

If you would like to learn more about converting to gas logs, contact us at Aelite Chimney Services. Our knowledgeable staff can consult with you on the differences between vented and ventless gas logs and help you decide which is best for you.

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