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How Long Can You Leave a Gas Fireplace On?

February 5, 2021

How Long Can You Leave a Gas Fireplace On?

If you own a gas fireplace in Toronto or the surrounding region, there are some things you should know about leaving it running for too long. This article has been written to provide a thorough breakdown of everything that can go wrong from making extended use of your gas fireplace in Toronto and elsewhere.

Types of Gas Fireplaces

In order to understand how long you can run a gas fireplace, it is essential to understand the different types of gas fireplace options in Toronto.There are three main varieties of gas fireplace on the market.

1. Direct vent. These have an exhaust vent that passes through an exterior wall, foregoing the need for a chimney or existing fireplace spot.

2. Vent-free. These work like ovens and do not have an external exhaust. Never run these for more than three hours and even then, only in a room that is well ventilated.

3. Inserts. You can place these within a wood-burning fireplace and they have vent pipes that link to the previous fireplace's chimney.

How Long Can You Leave a Gas Fireplace On? 

The answer to this question is entirely dependent upon the construction of your fireplace.

• If your fireplace is fully vented and has a sealed glass front, you can keep it going for as long as you keep the front sealed.
• If your fireplace is vent-free and has front-opening doors, only leave it running for three hours at the most.


Now it is important to reiterate that you should never leave a unit running overnight but you should leave the flue open so that any carbon monoxide fumes have a safe escape route.

What Are The Consequences of Leaving a Gas Fireplace on For Too Long?

While vented fireplaces incur no problems from prolonged operation, beyond the increased price you will be paying to your natural gas provider, vent-free fireplaces are a different issue entirely. In the case of a vent-free fireplace, the main concern is that excess gas will seep out over time. Lingering gas fumes can be a problem if you have the fireplace in a room with poor or inactive ventilation.

A gas fireplace in Toronto provides a multitude of benefits for both you and your home. If you are considering a gas fireplace for your home, A-Plus Quality HVAC services in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area can assist you. Contact us today to speak with a representative about adding a gas fireplace in your home. 

 

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    Just as the name implies, a “mini-split” system is a “split system” however available in smaller capacities, for single room to whole house conditioning. Mini-split systems may range from as small as 9,000 BTUh per hour, comparable to say, a small window AC unit, for individual room use, up to 4 and 5 ton capacities for “Room By Room” (also known as “Zoning”) and whole house conditioning. With near universal design, mini-splits are “heat pumps” which provide both heating and cooling for a home. Here are key advantages when compared to traditional split systems:

    Efficiency- Mini-splits are highly engineered systems which offer attractive operating efficiencies, in many instances, eligible for utility company rebates.
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    Solar friendly- Due to very low power requirements, mini-splits are an ideal complement to “Net Zero Energy” homes, or any home using renewable power.
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    Variable capacity- Mini-splits are typically DC inverter driven. That is, a variable speed compressor which modulates in proportion to instantaneous demand. Most conventional split systems, by comparison, operate with an ON-OFF strategy. (Would you use an ON-OFF switch as the accelerator in your vehicle?)
    Location, Location, Location!- Mini-split outdoor units are compact; they can be located far away from noise-sensitive areas, such as bedrooms and home offices. Mini-split indoor units have the ability to be installed where conventional systems cannot.
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    Water falling on to the furnace can harm your heating unit by affecting the control boards and other components enclosed in the furnace. There can be many causes to the water overflow, but the most common cases in the summer is the ice build up inside the evaporator coil due to low refrigerant level. Water build up can also be due to the evaporator coil having a crack on the base, if this is the case contact us by booking an appointment or call us today to have a technician come have a look at your unit and repair this issue before it causes excessive damage.  

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    An annual maintenance will extend the lifetime of your heating and cooling unit. The technician will diagnose and repair any problem with the unit before it fails, so you won't need to worry about any problems when the weather gets very hot in the summer or extremely cold in the winter.

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    This can be due to Ignition lockout, sometimes could be resolved by resetting the power  and if this does not resolve the issue you should contact a certified gas technician from A-Plus Quality to get this problem resolved!

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