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Questions about ventless heaters?

Posted by newdawn1895 (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 24, 08 at 10:51

I have an old Victorian Cottage, circa 1895. I have two fireplace's one in the living room and one in the kitchen. They are the old fireplace's that were used for cole. The insert is quite small and the chimmey is capped off.

My question is, can I put in ventless heater's without worrying about the house catching on fire?

My gas bills in the winter are enormous, because I have no insulation in the walls.

I live alone so I don't want to be scared to death. lol

....Jane


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RE: Questions about ventless heaters?

If you read the "instruction manual" for any ventless heater they all require a certain amount of air exchange so you have to open windows a certain amount or have a large house or room. Most fireplace stores I have visited do not recommend or sell ventless heaters because they do produce carbon monoxide and they are more unsafe than vented heaters.

I would not purchase one if you plan to run it for lengthy periods.

Something you may want to look into are gas heaters or certain types of pellot stoves, corn stoves ect that are "direct" vented. This means they do not require a chimney, just a pipe exciting the house where the exhaust goes. These can be easily installed on any exterior wall.

I have two direct vented empire heaters. I really love them and would recommend them. They can be hooked up to a thermostat very easily and can keep a room very toasty.

Yes, they are more expensive than ventless heaters, but a lot safer.

if you want a cheap option...electricity is becoming cheaper in some areas than gas. Buying an electric heater, to use in a room would be the cheapest and easiest way to keep your room warm. However, these are not safe to run while you are not home, which is fine, because you don't need heat if you are not home!

-renee


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