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Ventless Gas Heaters

November 7th, 2010

ventless-gas-heater.jpgA more efficient and effective heater other than the traditional heating system that we use in our households can be found with ventless gas heaters. These are the kinds of heaters that do not vent air outside of the house; the oxygen that the heater uses to fuel the system comes from the inside of the house where the heating system is installed. Using this type of heater is efficient because heat inside the house is regulated properly since there’s no air from outside that can alter the air regulation. The effects from outside air are often the cause of inefficiencies in most traditional heating systems.

Combustion heaters need oxygen as fuel in their heating process; traditional heating systems use oxygen from the outside as fuel supply in the combustion process while the ventless gas heaters only require oxygen from the inside of the room. Other types of heaters include the pellet stove and wood-burning stoves; however, these two heaters are not often used because there are times when they do not burn the fuel and sometimes release smoke into the environment. This smoke is not healthy for anyone who inhales the gas because it could be poisonous if not vented out properly.

Ventless heaters do not require outside air, therefore they are considered one of the most efficient types of heater available. Ventless heaters function at about 99.9 percent effectiveness, considering that’s the average functioning capacity of the heater. These heaters usually use propane and natural gas. These types of gas are generally considered the cleanest options for heaters, and they produce less harmful emissions compared to the traditional heaters because ventless heaters usually burn almost all of their fuel sources in the heating process.

With all those advantages the ventless heater brings you, there’s always a downside to it. As with most products, the advantages come with their fair share of disadvantages. Others say that there are a lot of problems and controversial issues they have encountered using this kind of heating system. That was the reason why some states in America such as Massachusetts and California banned the use of ventless gas heaters in their state. Asphyxiation was one of the controversial issues regarding the equipment, since the air used is from the inside of the house. This can cause the oxygen supply to decrease, especially when the room is sealed and no air comes in or out.

Carbon monoxide builds up in the house over a period of time, especially when the house is completely sealed and air exchange from the inside and outside are not regular. Carbon monoxide poisoning is possible, and although it can be avoided by opening windows of the house from time to time, this issue should be taken seriously. Another problem with using this type of equipment is that it usually causes humid air inside the house which can provide more favorable conditions for mold to form on walls and ceilings. Sometimes mold that is not discovered can harm the health of the people living in the house.


This article was supplied by the freelance writer Blizzerand.


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