As we were looking to install a fireplace in our new house and did some market research and found that the cost of setting up a vent or chimney was relatively high. But then we got to know about electric fireplaces.
Electric fireplaces don’t need to be vented as they use electricity to produce heat and not wood or gas. Hence, there is no emission of chemicals or flames from them compared to traditional fireplaces.
Flames and the crackling sound produced by an electric fireplace are for aesthetic purposes.
We will answer all your queries related to electric fireplace venting.
Why don’t we need to vent electric fireplaces?
Let’s start with how does electric fireplace works.
There are several coils inside electric fireplaces. Bypassing electric currents through these coils they get warmer and produce heat. As the fans blow, the heat spreads across the room without releasing any hazardous elements.
So there is no need for vents like an electric fireplace.
In the case of a traditional fireplace, you need to vent it so that gas, smoke, or fire can pass out of the house. You must be very careful about these things as they can harm your family and loved ones.
This also indicates that electric fireplaces are 100% efficient.
All the heat energy produced is utilized and spread in your room as there are no vents. In contrast to the traditional fireplace, there are chances of heat loss through the vents.
In short, you also need an expert to set up the vents properly to make heat loss minimum.
Do Electric Fireplaces emit Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that can lead to dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and headaches, it can even lead to death if exposed to high levels.
As it has no taste and smells, it is highly recommended that houses that have traditional fireplaces should have carbon monoxide alarms.
When talking about electric fireplaces, we know that they don’t require wood or gas to produce heat instead, they function entirely on electricity.
No real flames. That is the reason electric fireplaces do not emit carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide can be produced through a combustion process only with real fuel or gas. When a fire is starved of oxygen, carbon monoxide is produced. If the fire gets enough oxygen, then the byproduct of both will be carbon dioxide.
Even in an open fireplace, the chances of producing carbon monoxide are less.
Are Electric Fireplaces allowed in Apartments?
Yes, they are ideal to use in apartments as they don’t require vents or chimneys, they only need electricity.
They don’t produce fumes, gases, or carbon monoxide, so they are perfect for the apartments. You can enjoy your fireplace without worrying about its safety.
Nowadays, manufacturers are designing a stylish and sleek electric fireplaces to look aesthetic and add a different vibe.
There we go, that no vents are required for the electric fireplace as there is no burning of gases or wood.
No real flames are produced, so there are no byproducts issues.
This makes an electric fireplace an ideal choice to install in new apartments.