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Fireplaces & Air Quality
Recently, indoor environmental issues have become a major concern for homeowners. From radon to lead paint to clean air systems, consumers are paying more attention to the environment they spend over 90% of their time in, that being indoors. Indoor air quality has become a very important issue. Because today's homes are built much tighter, there is less natural infiltration of air and therefore, more chance of safety concerns from pollutants in the home.

Indoor air quality is an important concern and should not be taken lightly. The American Lung Association considers indoor air quality as a major concern in the health of Americans today. They are so concerned that they are putting forth a major educational campaign by building Health Houses in several parts of the country. The Hearth Industry is starting to be affected by this interest in indoor air quality. Consumers are asking more questions and becoming more educated on how air quality is affected by fireplaces and stoves. Gas and woodburning fireplaces that are not room sealed can introduce smoke and/or gases into the home air environment. One answer to their concerns is direct vent gas fireplaces. Direct vent or sealed combustion gas fireplace products will maintain indoor air quality, and will not affect house depressurization. Direct Vent's are vented out the back of the fireplace and have a sealed combustion chamber that uses 100% outside air for combustion and exhausts 100% of all combustion by products outside. Direct vents are also extremely energy efficient with ratings up to 75+% and the only fireplace appliance installed in the American Lung Association's Health Houses.

Additionally, there are AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rated fireplaces that not only eliminate air quality concerns, but have been tested to the same standards as today's energy efficient furnaces. Their energy efficiency is so effective, they can be used with a thermostat to regulate the temperature of a room. .

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