Basement Gas Fireplaces: Ventless or Vented?

Basement Gas Fireplaces: Ventless or Vented

One of the most interesting basement finishing solutions is a fireplace installation in your finished basement! What else can be better than the radiating heat and ambiance from the flickering of a fireplace on a cold winter evening? We talk with experts from House Renovations about some restrictions to the type of fireplace installation in a basement.

As you know, there are many options for heating a basement, including using your existing HVAC or adding from gas to ventless fireplace, however, the most common is a direct vent gas fireplace or a pellet stove installations. Installing wood burning fireplacein your finished basement can be very complicated task because of the vertical flue requirements. Nevertheless, before making any decision, consult an experienced contractor like House Renovations to get recommendations for the appropriate heating units that will work best for your basement.

Gas fireplace works optimally if a chimney is already available, but if your basement is not equipped with it, then installation of ventless gas fireplace might be a good option. This model, as its name would imply,requires no venting at all, burning 99% clean (withoutodours or smoke) and, as manufacturers say,isabsolutely safe in basement settings.Ventless fireplaces use inside air for combustion and off gas into inside air (sounds a little scary).  Flames burn very cleanly without creating significant carbon monoxide. All the heat from ventless units remains inside the house.Another advantage of ventless fireplaces is that they can be installed almost anywhere.
However, since fumes from a vent-free fireplace stay inside the house (although they are supposed to be minimal), some people may be sensitive to combustion by products. In addition, vent-free fireplaces produce quite a bit of moisture and condensation.

The vented units need to be vented to the outside of your home with a code approved vent kit that is usually sold separately. The vented units are more labour-intensive, requiring a hole to be cut through from the basement to the outside of the house.You can dress up the surround kit by adding a wood mantle or ceramic tile surround and hearth.

Both versions can be ordered with optional fan-blower kits to help maximize the heating efficiency of the unit, addingextra warmth and atmosphere to any basement project.

We suggest that the actual gas line and gas fireplace installation must be provided by certified mechanical contractor like professionals of House Renovations company.