Safety coun­cil ap­plauds use of vent-free ap­pli­ances

Vent-free unit can be placed vir­tu­ally any­where in home

The Covington News - - SHOWCASE OF HOMES -

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.

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Safety first: A vent-free gas fire­place of­fers 99.9 per­cent ef­fi­cient sup­ple­men­tal heat­ing com­fort all win­ter long.

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