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How Do I Choose a Gas Fireplace?

When it comes to your hearth, deciding on the best appliance and the look you want is the hardest part. The type of appliance you choose can determine the life of your fireplace. How often it need maintenance? How safe it is? How convenient it is? All of these factors and more will play into your decision, and now is the time to start thinking about it.

The Purpose of Your Fireplace

How Do I Choose a Gas Fireplace - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameIs your fireplace the main focal point of your living space? What do you really want out of your fireplace? Does it need to be more beautiful than functional? If you’re looking for a fireplace that helps with zone heating and help bring down your utility bill, then you should choose a direct vent insert.

Vented and vent free gas log sets do not provide the heat necessary to properly zone heat. Zone heating allows the homeowner to lower the thermostat temperature in the house, and use the fireplace to heat certain areas of the home. Do you have limited space for your appliance? Depending on the size of your space and the shape, we can help you determine the kind of gas fireplace that is right for you.

Vent and Vent-Free Gas Logs

Gas logs are becoming popular among homeowners, and they are more realistic and beautiful than ever. Many gas logs feature realistic details down to the knots and checks in the logs. The log sets with yellow flames are the most realistic option, and these need to be vented due to the release of harmful gases. Vent-free log sets have a blue flame that isn’t as realistic as the yellow flame, but it still produces a good amount of heat and safe for indoor use. These log sets are also easier to install, since they don’t require a vent or chimney to burn. Many homeowners are upgrading to log sets, and if the chimney is in disrepair, a vent-free log set is perfect.

Direct Vent Insert

Whether your chimney is in good shape or not, or even if you don’t have one, a direct vent insert is the best option. Direct-Vent inserts are a completely closed unit that can be installed anywhere in your home. The intake and the vent for the unit can be through a wall, ceiling, or floor, which means it can go anywhere. Your can choose a direct vent fireplace that is contemporary, traditional, or anything in between.

A Cozy (Gas) Flame

When you work with The Cozy Flame to choose your new gas fireplace appliance, you have the benefit of professional experience. One of our associates can help you pick out the best appliance for your needs. Gas fireplaces are such a wonderful investment.  They’re convenient, affordable, environmentally-friendly, safe and beautiful!

The Cozy Flame also sells wood-burning and pellet stoves in addition to our gas fireplaces. Stop by our showroom at 116-Q Research Dr. or give us a call at 203-283-4459 to learn more.

Vented or Vent-Free Gas Logs

Homeowners looking for a great zone heating option, a little ambiance, and minimal cost can look to a gas log set. Gas logs are growing in popularity among homeowners, business owners, and they’re even making their way into B and Bs across the country. Gas log sets offer convenience and beauty that can be realistic and affordable.

Why Choose Gas

Gas heat is growing in popularity due to the many benefits. They are great for zone heating or for a little ambiance–perfect for minimalist heating in the spring and fall or adding to the spirit of holidays and family gatherings. You can choose gas and avoid the work and mess that comes with cutting, hauling, and lighting wood, and still have the look of a wood fire. Gas log sets even offer the same convenience of gas fireplaces. They are easy to light, offer precise heat control, are safer and cool faster than wood fires, and are cheaper and easier to maintain. If you’re considering adding a gas log set to your living space, it can be installed and ready for fall when you start now. Do not leave it up to an online catalog. Speak with a professional. These products, though more affordable, lighter, and easier to install must be installed by a professional. Only a licensed dealer can guarantee their products, and only a certified chimney sweep can guarantee their work is up to code and safe for use.

Vented Gas Logs

The most realistic gas log sets available must be vented. The realistic yellow flames are the most similar to that of a real wood flame. The only drawback to the yellow flame logs is that they must be vented. Vented gas logs produce soot, smoke, and carbon monoxide. These yellow flame log sets will release hazardous gases into the living space that are harmful to your family and pets. These cannot be installed without proper ventilation. They are a popular installation when converting from wood to gas and the chimney is intact. However, the chimney flue cannot be lined with clay tile and should be appropriate for use with gas. When you use a vented gas log set, your system still needs routine maintenance. The soot and carbon produced by your new gas logs will need to be cleaned from the flue regularly.

Vent-Free Gas Logs

Vent-free gas logs are a popular option when the chimney is in disrepair or has been closed off. These gas logs have blue flames that are less realistic but still heat a space. These logs are approved for indoor installations without a chimney or vent and will not produce harmful gases even when used for extended periods of time.

The Coziest Option

At The Cozy Flame, we’re proud to offer the best gas log sets on the market. Our Hargrove gas logs offer the best price and performance possible. They are beautiful , efficient, and realistic looking with the finest detail right down to the wood and embers.

Learn more about gas log sets here or ask a Comfort Consultant today.

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The Facts and Fictions of Vent Free Logs

Fact and Fiction of Vent Free Gas Logs - Milford CT - The Cozy Flame

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Vent free gas logs continue to grow in popularity as more and more homeowners install them as alternative heat sources. Because they can be placed nearly anywhere in the home and can be used to heat an entire room, homeowners purchase these gas appliances to avoid the expense of installing a vented appliance.

However, many people are not aware of the precautions that must be taken when operating a vent free gas log. Because of this, these gas logs are often run incorrectly, creating a safety hazard for the families that use them.

Below are three of the most common inaccuracies about vent free logs, as well as the facts that correct them. Although vent free gas logs may be a good option for some homeowners, buyers should educate themselves before purchasing these appliances.

Fiction #1: Vent free logs produce no odor
Fact: While some users claim there is no smell, those with a sensitive nose may be able to notice the ab odor. Some users equate the smell to that of burning kerosene and claim that the smell can spread throughout an entire house. Pregnant women and those with a keen sense of smell may be more affected by the odors.

Fiction #2: Ventless gas logs are 100% efficient
Fact: There is no denying the efficiency of ventless gas logs. Most appliances operate with 99.9% efficiency; unfortunately, this means that the other 0.1% is toxic carbon monoxide. With no place to go, this gas remains in your home instead of venting to the outside. While such a small amount of gas might seem insignificant, it can quickly fill up a small space. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause nausea, disorientation, and even death.

Fiction #3: Vent free logs require no venting
Fact: Although you will not need to drill any holes in your walls for venting, vent free gas logs still require some degree of venting. When running for more than an hour, a window should be opened to prevent the appliance from depleting the oxygen in the home or carbon monoxide from building up. Oftentimes, opening a window to let more oxygen in negates the heating effect of the gas log itself.

Although vent free gas logs provide homeowners the freedom to move their heating appliance nearly anywhere in the home, the health and safety risks should be seriously considered before using or installing these appliances. If you already own a vent free gas log, consider upgrading to a direct vent gas fireplace. Direct vent gas logs burn clean, have realistic flames, and come in a variety of styles for every budget. Additionally, the venting process is easy to complete and these heating appliances can still be placed on almost every exterior wall in the home.

If you have questions about the safety of vent free gas logs or upgrading to a direct vent appliance, contact The Cozy Flame today. Our expert staff can help you select the best appliance to fit your home, style, and budget. For more information on vent free fireplaces, watch the following interview with expert Jerry Isenhour.

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All About Gas Logs

All About Gas Logs

A popular, energy-efficient way to convert a wood-burning fireplace to gas fuel, gas logs are more economical than gas fireplace inserts, and these logs require less time to install as well. A roaring fire without any hassle, some sets of gas logs are so convenient that you can use a remote control to adjust the flame. In the past, artificial fireplace logs looked so unrealistic that no one was tricked into believing he was looking at a wood-burning fire. Forget those plastic-looking logs from the 1970’s; when you see a fire burning using the Hargrove gas logs sets you will find at The Cozy Flame, you may have to remind yourself that you are not watching flaming logs of wood. Our Comfort Consultants in the showroom at The Cozy Flame would like to tell you more about gas logs and how they can heat your house with some help from the experts at the Chimney Institute of America (CSIA).

There are two different kinds of gas log appliances. If you have more questions after reading this post, please feel free to call us.

There are two different kinds of gas log appliances. If you have more questions after reading this post, please feel free to call us.

The most important things to know when you are shopping for gas logs include what the two different types are and what makes these two types different:

  1. vented gas logs Also known as the “yellow flame” gas logs, a working chimney with the approval to use gas to fuel its fireplace is required to install this type of gas logs. Producing a beautiful, realistic fire, the flame provided by vented gas logs is quite often mistaken as a wood-burning fire. The heat output of this type of gas logs is also comparable to a wood-fueled fire as part of it exits through the chimney, so it is not as strong as the other type of gas logs. Venting by-products like soot and carbon out via the chimney, the CSIA recommends you have your chimney swept annually as proper and safe maintenance.
  2. vent-free gas logs If you have heard someone talking about “blue flame” gas logs, he or she is talking about this type of gas logs. As is named “vent-free,” this type of gas logs needs no ventilation and can be installed almost anywhere in your home, as long as it meets the codes of your town. Your local codes are particularly important if you want to use vent-free logs to heat your home because in certain parts of the country, you cannot legally use this type of gas logs, due to the effects it has on the indoor air quality of your house. While the appearance of the vent-free gas logs fire is not as realistic as one of the other type, the “blue flame” fire provides much more heat than a “yellow flame” fire ever possibly could. Approved for installation in a wood-burning fireplace with its damper closed, the Cozy Flame can also install a separate firebox cabinet which is approved for use without a chimney for these gas logs.

If you have any more questions about gas logs and which type is right for your home, contact The Cozy Flame today. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you in choosing your best set of Hargrove gas logs.

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