How Long Can You Run a Gas Log Fireplace?
Gas fireplaces are a popular source of home heating. They burn cleaner, are simpler to operate, and are easier to clean and maintain. Now that winter has officially arrived in Buffalo, many folks in Western New York want to know if it is OK to run a gas fireplace all day to keep their homes warm. After all, operating a gas fireplace is often less costly than oil, electricity, and other fuels. However, how long you can leave a gas log fireplace running depends on the type of gas fireplace installed in your home.
Vented Gas Fireplace
A vented gas log fireplace expels carbon monoxide fumes from your home through the chimney or a direct flue vent. In addition, it has a sealed glass front to prevent toxic fumes from leaking into your home. Therefore, you can safely operate a vented gas log fireplace continuously. However, if the seal is deteriorating, or you have glass doors that open like a traditional wood-burning fireplace, then it is advisable to avoid running the gas fireplace for more than three hours to minimize the risk of carbon monoxide exposure.
Vent-Free Gas Log Fireplaces
Vent-free gas fireplaces are a popular addition to many homes in Rochester and Western New York. They can also be installed in spaces where a traditional fireplace cannot like the kitchen, small rooms, and smaller homes like townhomes and condos. Unlike a vented gas fireplace attached to an external vent, vent-free or ventless fireplaces are similar to space heaters and expel fumes into the living space. Many units have a built-in oxygen sensor that will automatically shut off the fireplace when low indoor oxygen levels are detected. Most gas fireplace safety experts recommend not running a vent-free gas log fireplace for more than three hours.
Gas Fireplace Safety
Whether your gas fireplace uses natural gas or propane, it is vital to read and follow the fireplace manufacturer’s safety precautions to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide fumes. It is also essential to schedule annual safety and maintenance inspections and periodically clean the fireplace. Carbon monoxide is called the “silent killer” because the colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas can be deadly. Unfortunately, many don’t always recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, including headaches, dizziness, nausea, and confusion.
Install a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector
New York State Law requires carbon monoxide alarms in every home or sleeping area or on the lowest floor where there is a sleeping area. The law went into effect on February 22, 2010. Carbon monoxide detectors are readily available, inexpensive, and can save your life. The detector will sound an alert when carbon monoxide levels reach dangerous levels in your home. When this occurs, immediately open a window or door to allow fresh air to circulate in your home and shut off all gas appliances.
Gas Log Fireplace Store in Buffalo
If you are considering adding a fireplace to your home, come and see the large selection of top-quality vented and vent-free gas log fireplaces at the Felgemacher Fireplace Shop. We’re conveniently located at 2727 Broadway, Ste 5, in Buffalo. Or call (716) 482-1820 to schedule an appointment today! You can also contact us online.