Q&A Advantage of blower in gas fireplace

QandA Posted By QandA, Dec 2, 2007 at 6:09 AM

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  1. QandA

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    Nov 27, 2012

    I'm considering buying a gas fireplace and am having difficulty with the choices. The main question is should I get one with a blower? I'm impressed with Valor's flame and would like to believe that their technique is my better choice (less BTU input), but will it be as effective?


    Look at the efficiency of the fireplace to determine if the heat is being transferred without a blower. The best number if the AFUE, which is Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. A number at or around 70% is very good. It's true that many units are too large...sort of a "battle of the BTU's" among the manufacturers. You can use the BTU sizing guide on HearthNet to get an idea how many you might need - http://hearth.com/calc/btucalc.html

    Link: Heat Calculator Link
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