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Do Electric Fireplaces Need to Be Vented?

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 7, 2017 9:43:00 AM

A Dimplex Electric Fireplace Requires No Venting


When installing a fireplace one of the biggest obstacles is figuring out where to install it, and whether structural requirements can be met, i.e. flues, pipe-work, vents, chimneys, etc.

These structural requirements are often restrictive, based on your building layout or room design, and having to meet specific codes and regulations. The result is that your design can be greatly impacted - or you may find that installing a fuel burning fireplace just doesn’t make sense, or can’t be done.

Electric Fireplaces (and heaters for that matter), do not require any structural additions and can therefore be installed (virtually anywhere) with ease. In many cases, you simply have to unpack your new fireplace and plug it in.

The reason that fuel burning fireplaces, such as wood and gas, require vents, is to expel excess heat and dangerous emissions, such as carbon monoxide. Because electric fireplaces do not burn fuel internally or produce any emissions, venting is not required.

This is great news because the lack of venting means that electric fireplaces can run more efficiently - none of the heat produced is escaping out flues and chimneys. Instead, electric fireplaces convert 100% of the inputted energy into heat and ambiance, which means 100% of the money invested in running your fireplace is being used for your comfort.

With an electric fireplace, you don’t have to worry about fireplace or burning bans/restrictions. You don’t even have to worry about the seasonal temperature – electric fireplaces can be run with or without heat, making them the perfect option in warm climates or simply for year-round enjoyment.

So Where is the Confusion Coming From?

You may have noticed, in the past, that some electric fireplaces were vented. While vented electric fireplaces do exist, this has nothing to do with health and safety and more to do with the flame effect.

Luckily, innovation and technological improvements have led to stunningly realistic flame effects that no longer require additional venting.

Here are some examples of Dimplex electric fireplaces using patented advanced flame technology.

The Opti-myst

The Opti-myst uses revolutionary technology to create a lifelike flame and smoke effect from light reflecting against water molecules. The result is an appearance so authentic it will be mistaken for a traditional wood-burning fireplace.

The Opti-V

Another stunning option is the Opti-V, which blends 3D technology, artistry and craftmanship to create a dazzling, flickering flame that dances between logs. This fireplace enhances the sensory experience by featuring the crackling sound of a real wood fire.

The Revillusion

Our latest technology Revillusion, is completely changing the standard for electric fireplaces by offering a lifelike flame experience that looks as if it were cut straight from the pages of a magazine. A clear view through the lifelike flames, to the full brick interior, captures the charm of a wood-burning fireplace.

All of Dimplex’s electric fireplaces are easy to install and require no venting! Your design options are wide-open for any room in your house!

To find out more about these beautiful fireplaces, visit a local showroom carrying Dimplex fireplaces!

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Topics: Fireplaces, Lifestyle

David Neufeld, Product Manager, Flame Products

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