Generally, space heaters are used to warm a small space, rather than a central heating system that conditions a larger area. Installed space heaters may use electricity or burn propane, fuel oil or wood pellets and may operate on heat pump principles.
Space heaters come in different types:
Direct Vent Wall Furnace
What is direct vent? In direct-vent appliances, you use special direct-vent pipe recommended by the supplier. The direct-vent system involved two parts: one part for the exhaust and one for combustion air intake. The appliances itself is a completely sealed combustion chamber and no air from the house is used for combustion. The exhaust vents can go either out through a sidewall or through the roof.
Pros: Combustion fumes are vented outside. Allows a simple installation in cases where the vent is going out a wall and terminates at the wall. No need to terminate above the roof line as is necessary with b-vent or wood burning applications resulting in relatively low venting costs. Direct-vent appliances are typically higher in efficiency than b-vent appliances and put out a lot of heat even with a low-flame setting.
Cons: Direct fireplaces have a sealed glass and typically a smaller flame than a b-vent fireplace or a vent-free fireplace. The position and look of the logs in the fireplace cannot be altered or incomplete combustion will occur. Direct vent wall furnaces come in a variety of models depending on your needs:
What is vented? Sometimes referred to as Natural Vent – B-Vent appliances use pipe (b-vent) that must be installed through the home and terminate above the roof. They also use room air for combustion, but the amount of air they use is minimal.
Pros: Combustion fumes are vented outside. B-vent pipe itself is relatively inexpensive and simple to install. B-vent appliances are relatively efficient.
Cons: B-vent must be installed through the interior of the home and terminate above the roof which may pose extensive installation labor costs or difficulties depending on the home. B-vent could potentially be a source of cool air into the living area if a downdraft occurs. Some of the heat from the appliance is lost up the vent.
Vented wall heaters come in a variety of models depending on your needs:
Vent Free Room Heaters
What is vent free? A vent-free uses no venting pipe at all which allows placement of the appliance in many places otherwise unavailable to a vented appliance. The burner of the fireplace or the appliance is designed to be 99%+ efficient, therefore there is no need to vent the appliance.
Pros: Ease of installation and lowered cost since vent pipe is not needed. Vent-free products are typically the most efficient of all appliances since all the heat is generated into the room or home.
Cons: Combustion fumes are vented inside the home which affect some people who are very sensitive to smell or allergies. Vent-free products expel a fair amount of moisture as a result of the burn process which is also expelled into the home and can be a problem especially in a room with a lot of windows like a sun-room since the windows may drip from all the moisture. Typically there is a low flame with vent-free products and the placement of the burner or logs are set by the manufacturer and cannot be changed or altered.
Gas Stove Heaters
With a gas stove you can create a warm gathering place that is clean and modern or timeless and traditional. Gas stoves have the ambiance of a freestanding woodstove but offer you the convenience of gas.
What are Gas Stoves? With a simple bush of a button or flip of a switch, gas stoves come to life, instantaneously producing heat and a soothing atmosphere. Gas stoves allow homeowners to enjoy a realistic feel and look of a wood burning fuel without the hassles of chopping, splitting, or storing firewood.
Benefits of Gas Stoves: Gas stoves are extremely functional and require very little maintenance and cleaning. Plus, most directly vented units only require 3 to 4 sq. ft. to install, allowing them to be installed in small rooms or tight living spaces. Take advantage of the numerous benefits of gas stoves and invest in heating technology that will help reduce heating costs and make heating your home quickest.
We provide fireplace products from the following manufacturers: