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A Leading Consumer Magazine Advises
Caution Regarding Vent Free Gas Fireplaces

Sweepy The following is an exerpt from a November, 1998 article in Consumer Reports Magazine outlining the results of their independent testing of vent free gas fireplaces.

"....our tests confirm that these heaters contribute significantly to indoor air pollution. If you're planning to buy a gas fireplace, a vented model should be your first choice. That's especially wise if any household member has asthma or another respiratory ailment that may be exacerbated by particulate matter, or if your home is very airtight--and so will disperse the fireplace's emissions less readily. A vented gas fireplace needn't cost more to buy and install than an unvented model, since some units require only a fairly small vent pipe that runs horizontally to any outside wall."

The same warning was repeated on Consumer Reports Magazine's website in January, 2008.


To read about how much CO2 a vent-free fireplace exhausts into the breathing space, click here.

To read about a recent study of the effects of long-term exposure to CO gases, click here.

To read postings from vent-free gas exhaust exposure victims, click here.

To read about respiratory irritation from vent-free exhaust in the breathing space, click here.

To read a posting about vent-free gas appliances from an indoor air quality scientist, click here.

To read letters in defense of vent-free products, click here.

To read our opinion about vent-free gas appliances, click here.

NEW! To read about a 2016 ASHRAE standard that could eliminate the entire vent-free product category in the US, click here.

Have a vent-free experience you'd like to share with the Consumer Product Safety Commission? Click Here.





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