It’s common knowledge that homeowners love a good fireplace. Fireplaces are one of the most sought-after amenities for homebuyers, and among fireplaces, there’s one option that’s becoming more and more popular for newly constructed and older homes: Direct vent fireplaces. So how do direct vent fireplaces work? And why do they provide an advantage over traditional gas fireplaces?

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A direct vent gas fireplace features a closed ventilation system. Where a traditional fireplace draws air from inside the home to fuel the fire and a chimney to exhaust the resulting smoke, a direct vent system has two vents to the outdoors. One vent draws in cold air from the outside to fuel the fire, while the other vent exhausts the fire’s byproducts.

What’s the benefit of a direct vent fireplace?

The primary advantage of a direct vent fireplace is efficiency. Because a direct vent fireplace uses cold outside air, rather than stealing already heated air from your home, to fuel the fire, direct vent fireplaces are far more efficient than their traditional counterparts. Depending on the model, direct vent gas fireplaces are between 70 and 85 percent efficient. That compares to an average of 50 percent efficiency for traditional B-vent gas fireplaces.

Where can direct vent fireplaces be installed?

Another major advantage to direct vent gas fireplaces is that they can be installed virtually anywhere within a home. The only requirement is that there is access to the outside so that the vents can be installed. Ideally, direct vent gas fireplaces are installed along an exterior wall of the home so they can be vented horizontally through the wall. However, they can be fitted with a horizontal chimney or a more elaborate vent system if they are installed on an interior wall in the home.

Why are direct vent fireplaces ideal for newly constructed and older homes?

No matter the age of a home — whether the direct vent fireplace is being built into a space designed just for it or retrofitted into an existing hearth or space — a direct vent fireplace is an ideal hearth appliance in any home! That’s because direct vent fireplaces are so versatile and easy to install. In a new home, they make for an energy-efficient, convenient hearth appliance. In an existing home, they can increase energy efficiency and upgrade the look of an existing hearth or living space. Direct vent gas fireplaces also come in a variety of models and styles. They can be found in a variety of sizes and looks, so there’s a direct vent fireplace to fit any home size and any home style.

If you’re ready to upgrade your existing home, or install a fireplace in your newly constructed home, call the hearth experts at Fluesbrothers Chimney Service. We can help you find the perfect direct vent fireplace for your new or existing home!