Vent Free Gas Heater


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Old 12-05-15, 04:03 AM
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Vent Free Gas Heater

My basement stays very cold and doing some research there are controversies on using vent free gas heaters in basements. I wanted some ideas or thoughts on using vent free gas heaters and/or alternatives to use in basement.
I read there is lot of risk on raising carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, Nitrogen oxide and water vapor.
Please advise.
 
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Old 12-05-15, 04:27 AM
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The best advice I can give is that carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, Nitrogen oxide and water vapor are all bad for your home's interior as well as the first three being bad for human health. I personally would NEVER install a vent free heater in any area inside my house. In fact, I wouldn't even install one in a separate garage let alone an attached garage. I might use one in a tent if I were the type to go camping.
 
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Old 12-05-15, 05:42 AM
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Have to agree.
I own a small rental house that I installed a ventless fireplace in to be used for emergency heating that I got for free.
Big mistake.
When it's running there's moisture running down the walls and windows, have to run a dehumdifer or open a window when it's running.
 
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Old 12-05-15, 06:05 AM
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Another vote for avoiding a vent free heater anywhere inside your home.

Now, a very cold basement may have an easier fix. I do energy audits and ALWAYS find major air leakage at the top of the foundation. If you can access that area, the rim joist, then some DIY air sealing and insulation can make a big difference.

Bud
 
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Old 12-05-15, 02:35 PM
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So what do you have for heating the rest of the house? If possible, my first choice would be to extend the main heating system to the basement.

If you read the warnings on most vent free heaters, one of the warnings is usually that they shouldn't be used for heating. One of life's little ironies.
 
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Old 12-06-15, 07:29 AM
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Thanks everyone for you advise. I have two zone throw air heating on my first floor and second floor. I had a friend come in to give me some advise. He said that you can extend the first floor heating vents to basement since the machine and vents come from basement. But 1st floor will always have more heat as it will constantly run due to weather difference in basement and 1st floor.
So in that case do i need a seperate machine and zone for basement or any alternatives available?
 
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Old 12-06-15, 03:45 PM
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@Bud9051,
I will also take your advise and get someone to check it in case there is any leaks.
 
 

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