Keeping the house warm and toasty on a cold winter day is something many people dream of doing. Without doubt, there is something very homey and romantic about a roaring fire. In addition to the heat, a fire looks wonderful and creates a rustic atmosphere with the smell and sounds. However, some homeowners do not have a fireplace and therefore, are unable to enjoy all the benefits.
If you are in this situation, you can do something so that you too can enjoy the warmth and ambience of a fireplace. A direct-vent fireplace offers you all the conveniences associated with a regular fireplace and since they look just like a traditional fireplace, no one will know the difference. With new technology, this option is one that many people are considering.
With a direct vent fireplace, these unites are made to work in situations with zero-clearance. For instance, many homes simply cannot accommodate a traditional fireplace. This might include a high-rise or older home where room is simply not an option. Since a direct vent fireplace is made from prefabricated metal, it can be installed in a home without needing a foundation or chimney!
A direct vent fireplace is ideal for many people and situations in that they burn from natural gas or propane so they have a nice, clean burn. They are extremely efficient and can be vented out the wall of the home. Because of this, installing a direct vent fireplace is much easier and more affordable than what you would find from a traditional fireplace.
Keep in mind that a direct vent fireplace is still different from a gas fireplace. For one, they extract the majority of heat from combustion gases, then sealing the combustion from the inside of rooms. To prevent any leaks, a direct vent fireplace has solid glass doors and any air needed to fuel the fire comes in from the outside.
For many regions around the United States and other countries, pollution from wood smoke is a growing problem. With a direct vent fireplace, this problem is eliminated since there are literally no particulates. Additionally, the need to find, cut, haul, and stack wood is eliminated. You also avoid the mess of having to clean out ashes, wait for logs to cool down after a fire, and deal with flying embers or ashes.
With a direct vent fireplace, you literally turn the knob, remote, or switch and the fireplace is on. If you like, you can also have a thermostat installed that will help control the heat, maintaining a perfect temperature in your home.
Finally, you will find that direct vent fireplaces come in a number of styles, one to fit every persons home. For instance, you can purchase a one-sided model, as well as a two-, three-, and even four-sided model. If you want something extra special, you can choose from a corner unit or bay window shaped fireplace.