There are a lot of different kinds of fireplaces out there.  We all know the old wood burning type, but the newer gas fireplaces are more convenient and cleaner burning.  

I have customers that are complaining about the cold air coming in from the gas fireplace.  I have done a lot of research for my business, with some confusing information about the construction of gas fireplaces.  There seems to be a trend of venting the gas fireplace, directly outside, behind the fireplace.  I have received pictures from customers, showing the opening to the outside, visible from inside.   I understand the need for venting gas fireplaces, but the opening to the outside is letting in a lot of cold air, as well as allowing the heat and air conditioning to escape up through this vent.  These open vents are also allowing bugs to enter the fireplace and eventually the living space.

Does anyone have information to explain why, in our "energy saving" trials, they can install a fireplaces and leave a "hole" in the home, that cannot be closed off?

I originally made fireplace covers for wood burning fireplaces, as I have had in the past.  The dampers get warped and/or broken and are very costly to repair, if it can be repaired.  I did not, at that time, know about the openings left on a gas fireplace.   

Any information is appreciated about this problem.

 

Views: 121

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Forum Discussions

Origin of guarded blower door testing

Started by Kim Tanner in General Forum. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus yesterday. 9 Replies

Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF)

Started by Barry L NewDelman in General Forum. Last reply by Daniel Cullen Aug 10. 5 Replies

When is it too windy to use blower door?

Started by Brandon Walton in General Forum. Last reply by Iain Walker Aug 10. 17 Replies

Latest Activity

Profile IconArmstrong SMith, Eric Buchalter, Liza Gonzalez and 3 more joined Home Energy Pros
19 hours ago
Eric Kjelshus replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Origin of guarded blower door testing
"That same house that meet highest sealing rate in early 1980 we went back and super sealed it and…"
yesterday
Jill Cliburn posted an event
Thumbnail

National Solar Conference and NZE Decathlon at University of Colorado

October 9, 2017 at 6pm to October 12, 2017 at 7pm
yesterday
tedkidd replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Origin of guarded blower door testing
"Brendan, Eric, great stuff!"
yesterday

Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All

© 2017   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service