Comparing Vented And Vent Free Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are a popular alternative to wood burning fireplaces that use natural gas as a fuel source. They can be broadly divided into two main categories: vented and vent free fireplaces, each of which provide heating to your home but do so in a different manner, and thus provide a different set of benefits and drawbacks. Understanding what vented and vent free gas fireplaces each have to offer can help you decide which type of gas fireplace is the best fit for your home's needs.

Vented Gas Fireplaces

Vented gas fireplaces are gas fireplaces that have a connection to outside the home in which to vent out all the emissions and gases that result from the burning of natural gas. Vented gas fireplaces also draw air from outside the home into the fireplace in order to aid in combustion. Vented gas fireplaces provide a natural looking flame that resembles the fire that results from burning wood, which can be a great aesthetic benefit.

However, because vented gas fireplaces require the installation of a vent or channel to the exterior of your home, the installation costs associated with vented gas fireplaces tend to be fairly high. Additionally, according to, vented gas fireplaces can cost more than double the price of their vent free counterparts, which makes purchasing a vented gas fireplace unideal for homeowners operating under a budget.

Vent Free Gas Fireplaces

Vent free gas fireplaces do not have a vent to the exterior of your home, which means that no heat is lost by expelling emissions out of your house. This means that the amount of heat that vent free gas fireplaces throw into a room tends to be greater when compared to their vented counterparts. Additionally, their lack of a connection to the outside of your house means that you can install vent free gas fireplaces wherever a gas connection can reach the unit, which gives you a great degree of flexibility in terms of interior design. It is also important to note that the lower initial cost of the unit, as well as the lower installation costs, makes vent free gas fireplaces more accessible to homeowners than their vented peers.

However, vent free gas fireplaces will release emissions into your home. According to, these emissions are safe and do not pose a health and safety risk, but this is still something to be aware of. This also means that the smell of burning gas may be noticeable while the unit is in operation. 

To learn more, contact a company like B C Fireplace Service Inc