Gas fireplace design has come a long way in recent years, which means that upgrading yours to a new one can allow you to take advantage of the many safety features now available. This is especially important if you have children. Read on to learn about some of the features you should consider for your fireplace.
Built-in fire screens
Although you don't have to worry about flying embers, you still must keep small fingers out of the flames. The simplest way to do this is with a built-in firescreen. There are fixed versions that are bolted in place – they can be removed with tools to service the interior of the firebox or the gas supply, but there is no danger of your child pulling it open and hurting themselves. If a fixed screen isn't an option – perhaps your are retrofitting your existing fireplace – then opt for a heavy surround screen that can be attached tot he heart with masonry screws. This will provide a similar benefit as a truly fixed screen, but it can be used on any fireplace and its appearance may better complement older fireplace styles.
A variety of safety relays are becoming common on gas fireplaces, so make sure they are an option on yours. First and foremost are safety switches that turn off the gas supply if the flame or pilot light cuts out for any reason. These prevent gas from leaking into your home. Another good safety relay to have is one that shuts off the fireplace automatically if it overheats. Finally, make sure the fireplace is equipped with an oxygen sensor, which will shut down the fireplace if it begins depleting the room of oxygen or pumping too much carbon monoxide into the room.
Clean combustion options
Some units vent all products of the gas combustion into your home, which can include small amounts of carbon monoxide and other potentially dangerous gasses. Instead, look for a model that filters the heat coming off the gas fire to remove harmful byproducts of combustion before blowing the heat into your home via the fireplace vents. You will still need to install a carbon monoxide sensor in your home just in case. Another option, if you want the fireplace more for looks than heat, is to opt for a ventless fireplace.
Contact a fireplace installer for more help, or to get more information on modern safety options. You can also visit a website like http://www.villagefireplaceandbbq.com to learn more.
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