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What’s New In Linear Fireplaces From Element 4

Gas fireplaces have come a long way; there are more design choices and options than ever before, allowing homeowners to find the perfect fireplace for their homes. One of the most cutting edge companies in gas fireplaces today is Element 4. Their sleek, modern designs in linear fireplaces can add a stylish, contemporary touch to any home or space.

What is a Linear Fireplace?

Linear fireplaces are an alternative to bulky masonry fireplaces – as well as traditional wood log set gas units. These long and low fireplaces are designed with sleek, clean lines that complement a modern living space. You are able to customize linear fireplaces to match your design style; homeowners can choose from fireglass, stones, rocks, and even sculptures, as well as customize the fireplace surround.What's New In Linear Fireplaces From Element 4 Image - San Francisco CA - Fireplace Safety Services

Their unique design allows them to be installed in spaces where traditional fireplaces would be impractical. The fireboxes of most linear fireplaces are shallow, allowing them to be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms, or other small spaces. Likewise, different linear fireplaces have different venting requirements; many models are vent free, allowing them to be installed nearly anywhere in your home.

Linear fireplaces are meant for more than just decoration. Most units can create up to 55,000+ BTU/hr of heat output; while this may not be enough to serve as a primary heat source, linear fireplaces can easily heat a room or act as a supplemental heating source in your home. This heat output also makes them a popular choice for outdoor spaces.

What’s new from Element 4?

Element 4 has pioneered the modern, open linear fireplace. Despite the name, these fireplaces do not open like a traditional hearth; instead, the openness refers to the large glass screens that provide an unprecedented view of the beautiful flames.

In addition to their glare-free glass fireplaces, Element 4 has created a range of see-through fireplaces. With two – or even three – glass sides, these unique fireplaces can be used as a partition between rooms, offering beautiful views of the fireplace from multiple sides.

Modern Features for Modern Fireplaces

Element 4 linear fireplaces are unlike any other modern gas fireplaces on the market today. In addition to their unique design, Element 4 fireplaces have two contemporary design features:

  • Powerfan
    A powerfan is a vent free venting system for gas fireplaces. It can be installed nearly anywhere in your home. This allows homeowners to put fireplace where they never thought possible, such as in interior spaces or rooms too small for a traditional hearth.
  • Procontrol
    In our connected, digital world, our smartphones and tablets are never more than an arm’s reach away. Element 4 has designed Procontrol technology that allows homeowners to remotely control the fireplace from their smart device.

A linear fireplace from Element 4 can transform any room into a sleek, modern space. For more information on installing a linear fireplace or to learn more about Element 4, contact Fireplace Safety Services today.

Living In A High Wind Area

Those living in the Bay Area are no stranger to windy days. Living in a high wind area, however, can impact how we use our fireplaces. It even impacts how we use stoves and other heating appliances. The following tips can help you learn how to better use your fireplaces, even on days with high winds.

Living In A High Wind Area Image - San Francisco CA - Fireplace Safety ServicesHigh winds and backdrafting.

One of the primary concerns when using a fireplace during high wind conditions is backdrafting. Backdrafting occurs when the air pressure outside is greater than the air pressure inside your home. When this happens, strong winds force downdrafts of cold air down the chimney. This affects the fireplace’s performance. It can lead to problems when starting a fire. For instance, smoke will blow back into the room when the fire is burning. Also, a strong smoky odors during and after the fire, and even the fire to prematurely extinguish.

While all fireplaces can suffer from backdrafts and downdrafts, uncapped chimneys are the most susceptible to backdrafting during high winds. Having a damaged or missing chimney cap repaired or replaced can often help reduce downdrafts during high winds. Choosing a chimney cap with baffles, which can help direct the air, can also help reduce downdrafts for homes with manufactured chimneys.

Preventing backdrafts.

As much as we wish we could, it is impossible to control the winds and weather. It is possible, however, to make changes or repairs to your chimney in order to prevent backdrafts. In addition to repairing or replacing the chimney cap, the following are two other ways to help prevent backdrafts on windy days.

  • Raise or lower the chimney.
    Downdrafts are created due in part to differences in air pressure; raising or lowering the chimney can change air pressure around your chimney. Chimneys that are too low allow air to downdraft as it blows across the chimney. Chimneys that are too high create surrounding pockets of high and low pressure that affect drafting. By raising or lowering the chimney by as little as a few inches can help drafting problems. Making sure the chimney is the highest point on the roof line. Alternatively, making sure there are no nearby trees taller than the chimney are also ways to improve air pressure.
  • Reline the flue.
    An improperly sized flue can cause drafting issues; the flue may need to be relined if you have changed fuel sources or had a new insert or stove installed in an existing hearth. Flues that are too large do not create enough pressure to combat cold downdrafts. A flues that is too small does not have enough space for smoke and gas to draft upwards. Having the chimney relined ensures that you have the correctly sized flue for your heating appliance.

Don’t let high winds keep you from enjoying your fireplace.

Instead, prevent backdrafts by ensuring your chimney cap is in good condition. Plus, that your chimney is the right height, and your flue is correctly lined. For more information on using your fireplace during high wind conditions or to schedule a chimney inspection, contact Fireplace Safety Services today!

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