Safety council applauds use of vent-free appliances
Vent-free unit can be placed virtually anywhere in home
Having a safe home is vital to every American, and that is what the Home Safety Council is all about. As the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home- related injuries, the HSC is committed to helping Americans to be safer at home.
As part of its heating- season safety outreach, the HSC is working to raise awareness — starting with safety professionals — about one of the country’s fastest- growing sources of supplementary home heating: vent- free gas heating appliances.
The Vent- Free Gas Products Alliance has teamed up with the HSC to create special vent- free gas heating appliance content on the HSC’s Expert Network (www.homesafetycouncil. org/ expertnetwork), including a new guide designed to inform fire and life safety educators about the products and their builtin safety components, and a link to a PowerPoint presentation about vent- free gas heating appliances. The new guide will be posted on the HSC’s Expert Network prior to the heating season.
Vent- free gas products are the highly efficient space heaters, fireplaces, logs and inserts that operate on natural gas or propane to provide supplementary heating in over 17 million American homes.
Because vent- free appliances do not require venting to the outside, they can safely be placed practically anywhere in a home with access to a gas line.
All U. S. gas code groups and 49 states allow the sale and installation of vent- free appliances. Every vent- free gas product sold in the U. S. is equipped with a precisionengineered Oxygen Detection Safety- Pilot, which automatically shuts off the gas supply if the oxygen level in the room approaches a defined minimum set by American National Standard Z21.11.2. Because of this and other vent- free safety features, there is no need to open a window to ventilate a ventfree gas heating appliance.
With a vent- free gas appliance, all that is needed is a gas line for 99.9 percent energy efficient heat. In a ventfree fireplace, no heat is lost up the chimney because the damper is closed. Vent- free products range from 5,000 to 40,000 Btu — including 8,000 to 10,000 Btu units for bedrooms and 2,000 to 6,000 Btu units for bathrooms.
The Vent- Free Gas Products Alliance is a coalition of members of GAMA — a national trade association representing more than 200 manufacturers of space heating and water heating appliances and equipment all certified to national ANSI standards.
For a free copy of the new Consumer Guide to VentFree Gas Products — which includes detailed sizing guidelines, and the results of independent studies on indoor relative humidity and indoor air quality — and other new publications on energy— and cost- savings, write to the Vent- Free Gas Products Alliance, 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201, e- mail to ventfree@ gamanet. org, or visit www. ventfree. org.
Safety first: A vent-free gas fireplace offers 99.9 percent efficient supplemental heating comfort all winter long.