A Wood Burning Fireplace Today Needs To Be Energy Compliant


Posted by | Posted in Fans | Posted on 20-05-2018

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The old type of wood burning fireplace can present issues with respect to energy usage and compliance as the heat is absorbed by a masonry chimney. When this kind of fireplace is used, cool air accesses the firebox, feeds the flames by way of combustion, and heat is produced.

The heat which is generated radiates indirectly throughout a living area. However, in order to keep a room heated, you also have to keep feeding the fire with wood, kindling or other types of flammable materials.

In addition, heat is not the only by-product that is manufactured. By-products, such as ash and creosote, also are produced. Such products clog the chimney and, every now and then, are released outside the firebox into a living space.

With respect to fuel consumption, the old-style wood burning fireplace is not as efficient as modern wood-burning fireplaces. Most of the generated heat is absorbed by the brickwork or the chimney. Therefore, the fuel-to-heat ratio is poor.

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EPA-endorsed Fireplace Styles

However, wood burning fireplaces can be installed today that are EPA-certified. Certain product lines do feature non-catalytic fireplace designs that % less fuel. Therefore, when selecting a wood-burning fireplace installation, you want to seek wood burning fireplace models that feature a non-catalytic design.

How Non-catalytic Fireplaces Work

A non-catalytic wood fireplace utilizes an air injection type of approach when igniting smoke and creosote. Heated jets fan the smoke of the fire into a warm and inviting flame. As a result, more smoke is used to maintain the glow of the flame and less of it is wasted or disbursed in the living space.

Zero Clearance

Wood burning fireplace installations and inserts come with zero clearance today, meaning that 0 inches is required between the combustible materials and the fireplace. As a result, the unit can be placed right next to exterior or interior walls for a tighter and streamlined fit. However, manufacturers do suggest that installers allow ¼” for expansion.

Zero clearance does not refer to the furnishings or rugs located outside the firebox. Any type of flammable object or accessory should be placed at least 4 feet from a wood-fired hearth.

Fireplace Features and Amenities

Besides zero clearance, wood burning fireplace styles today feature such amenities as secondary combustion chambers, high-quality ceramic glass, air-wash systems which keep the viewing area clean, air-seal cast iron doors, and a large burning area. Some fireplaces can accommodate almost two-foot length logs.

Less Waste and Better Distribution of Heat

Wood-burning systems are designed today to utilize 100% of outside air for combustion, thereby significantly reducing the pollutants in the house. Intake and exhaust air dampers are featured as well.

Why Every Home Needs A Downspout Cover


Posted by | Posted in Fans | Posted on 26-02-2018

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byAlma Abell

More people are now becoming aware of the danger of radon radiation and how it can enter any building and develop to dangerous levels. It is impossible to keep radon out of a building completely, but measures can be taken to drastically reduce it to safe and manageable levels. A downspout cover is just one low-cost option. Here are a few good reasons to install one in your home or on any building:

1. Aesthetic

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These covers are usually used as an aesthetic measure to keep your home free from radon without affecting the appearance too badly. Combined with an aesthetic package designed to blend in with your home’s natural appearance without sticking out and becoming an eyesore, it will fit in naturally with your home.

2. Cut out Debris

One of the primary functions of a downspout cover is to not only keep radon out of the house but prevent debris such as leaves and twigs or even insects from entering the mitigation system and compromising it. It will ensure that the mitigation system’s fan will last for a much longer time, sometimes ten years or longer, and won’t require excessive maintenance and expensive repairs.

3. Top Quality Materials

When it comes to health and safety, only the very best is acceptable. This is why downspout suppliers use only the best materials possible, usually aluminum and sealed with caulk. This ensures both longevity and ergonomic use of the cover.

When bought and used with other components of a mitigation system, a downspout cover can go a long way to drastically reduce radon levels in the home, and all without affecting the appearance of a building. Use it in combination with a home radon detector, twice-a-ayear checks, and a mitigation service if needed, and your home will be kept free from dangerous radiation. For additional information contact SWAT Environmental today at 855-523-4326.