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A Leading Consumer Magazine Advises
Caution Regarding Vent Free Gas Fireplaces
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."
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.
Have a vent-free experience you'd like to share with the Consumer Product Safety Commission? Click Here.
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