30 years of Evolution in Fireplaces
Just 30 years ago homeowners were using mainly wood burning devices to augment the heating of the home. In the early to mid 80’s the increased availability of natural gas to residential areas in many regions signaled significant changes. While people still maintain a warm affection for a natural wood burning experience the modern lifestyle in many cases no longer makes it practical since wood burning involves significant labor and clean up.
Early generation gas (or propane in more rural areas) fireplaces quickly developed from a relatively primitive beginning with the advent of direct and power vented systems that introduced external air to the combustion chamber rather than reheating circulated internal air. This produced a more effective burning process and a healthier internal home environment.
Along with the technical and equipment improvements, more recently, design improvements, new materials and trim options allow for consumers to have a great deal of control in customizing their fireplace units. Fireplace units are no longer simply found in living rooms and recreation rooms but can be installed on walls in just about any room in the home including the bathroom or simply used to provide extra comfort in a specific area of the home.
A complete home inspection includes an inspection of the gas or propane system (s) in the home. The inspector will perform a visual review of the device and if necessary recommend a service and cleaning program be implemented with the installer or a qualified heating contractor to check functionality of the safety devices, clean the unit and parts. Regular maintenance and service of the unit will improve performance and efficiency as well as extend the life of the equipment.
This was sent to me by Pedro Giorgana who works for “A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections”. I found it very informative.