Direct vent gas appliances have many advantages over other
types of gas appliance.
- Direct vent fireplaces can either be heaters or be decorative or both,
while B-vent (or natural vent) fireplaces don't heat well and vent-free
fireplaces heat always.
- Direct vent fireplaces can be vented through a side wall or through a
- Direct vent fireplaces do not normally require power to operate and
can serve as a reliable back-up heat source in the event of a power
- Direct vent fireplaces are sealed, so gases, soot and carbon
monoxide don't get into the home, even if something were to go wrong.
- Direct vent fireplaces allow the flames to be larger and more realistic
because of the controlled air flow through the fireplace.
- Direct vent fireplaces can have much larger heat circulators and fans
because there is no risk of them affecting the air flow around the flame.
- Direct vent fireplaces require much less maintenance than vent free.
To be fair, we'll list the things to be concerned about regarding
direct vent appliances.
- Direct vent appliances maximum efficiency is only 94%, instead of
99%, like vent-free.
- Direct vent appliances must have a glass door on the face to seal
the combustion chamber from the room. (Like the ones that are
optional upgrades for wood fireplaces. Yeah. Included. But could be