Friday, October 9, 2015

How Gas Fireplaces Work with an IPI vs. Milivolt Ignition System

Gas fireplaces are an energy efficient means to heat your home and are considered a clean, eco-friendly energy source. Depending on the type of gas fireplace, homeowners have some added benefits and features to choose from depending on their heating needs.
There are two different types of gas electronic ignition switches used on fireplaces manufactured in the U.S, both of which Kozy Heat supplies. These are the IPI and Milivolt ignition systems.

Flip of a Switch
The Milivolt and the IPI systems can both turn the pilot flame on and off with the flip of a wall switch or a remote. The difference between the IPI compared to the Milivolt system is that a Milivolt has a pilot light that stays on 24/7. The IPI system does not use a pilot light and instead relies on an electronic ignition switch to light the pilot after flipping on the wall switch or using the remote.

On or Off
Each gas pilot ignition system has slightly different advantages and it really comes down to customers’ individual preferences. Anytime you utilize a remote or wall switch, it requires an electrical current to light the gas stove. If your power goes out, the Milivolt system could be manually turned on to heat your home.
The IPI system would not be able to ignite the pilot light manually based on an electronic ignition switch during a power outage. But the IPI switch would not consume gas unless you flipped on the wall switch or used the remote. The Milivolt system would use approximately 600 – 800 BTUS of fuel an hour, with 24/7 usage, you can expect to pay approximately $14.00 per month with propane and $5.00 per month using natural gas.

IPI vs. Milivolt
In colder months, manufacturers encourage owners to keep the pilot light running so that the fireplace system and flue stay warm. The good news is that you can have the electronic ignition systems wired with a battery back-up should the power go out.

Kozy Heat has been building quality gas fireplaces for more than 35 years. We provide a full line of IPI and Milivolt ignition systems.  It really comes down to individual preference as to which ignition system to purchase. We distribute our gas fireplaces from the factory to our dealers across the U.S. Stay warm with a cost efficient gas fireplace

Monday, August 24, 2015

What Does Zero Clearance Mean?

What Does Zero Clearance Mean?

Fireplaces remain a huge draw for homeowners because of their many advantages. Fireplaces, for example, can help to cut energy costs and thus are often viewed as highly eco-friendly heating sources. They can also provide warmth when your electricity goes out in addition to offering a romantic setting. However, one of the most important aspects of a high-quality fireplace is that it is safe. Kozy Heat offers zero clearance wood fireplaces, which are designed with both style and safety in mind.

What is Zero Clearance?
The term zero clearance refers to how close a fireplace can be to material that is combustible, typically framing. (The distance required before combustible material can be installed near a fireplace is known as the fireplace standoff.) Because zero clearance fireplaces feature a larger quantity of insulation that do masonry fireplaces, it is not necessary to reserve a buffer zone between combustible materials and your fireplace.

Benefits of Zero Clearance Wood Fireplace
One of the key benefits of zero clearance wood fireplaces is that they can be installed in any type of residence, even in many mobile homes. These fireplace are also low-maintenance, as you don’t have to be concerned with costly chimney or masonry repairs, and they are easy to operate and install as well. These fireplaces are also more efficient than an open-hearth masonry fireplace. Open-hearth options may have just 10 percent efficiency, while zero clearance wood fireplaces can have an efficiency rating of up to 70 percent.

Other Benefits of Zero Clearance Wood Fireplace
Zero clearance wood fireplaces are not only safe but also convenient and stylish for the modern home. They can easily add character to your residence with their black cast iron doors, as well as suit your particular taste. Some models feature arched doors, while others have square doors, for example.

Built from superior-quality materials, these fireplaces fit into small areas and are quick to install against combustible materials. They also feature a cooler outside surface and require no hearth.

Kozy Heat’s experts can assist you in deciding which particular wood fireplace model will work best in your home.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Can I Run my Fireplace without the Fan?

Can I Run my Fireplace without the Fan?

Fireplaces have a way of making any home look more sophisticated and welcoming, especially during the brisk fall and winter months. But what if your power goes out in the dead of winter? Your biggest concern may be whether or not your fireplace will function when you have no other heat source on which to rely. Fortunately, all of Kozy Heat’s fireplaces can be run without a fan, so you can operate them during a loss of power.

Fireplace Fans
Kozy Heat offers several fireplaces that have been tested both with and without the fan operating. Therefore, if you end up losing power, you can operate your fireplace as long as you would like to with no concerns. Kozy Heat offers both wood and gas fireplaces that will keep your home warm when you need them the most.

Fireplace Options
One popular fireplace option offered by Kozy Heat is the direct vent gas fireplace. This type of fireplace uses outside air rather than indoor air for combustion. No flue is required since the fireplace generates cooler combustion gases; this makes direct vent gas fireplaces safer, as backdrafts are not an issue. These fireplaces are also highly efficient, converting most of the gas to usable heat and featuring glass doors that prevent the significant loss of heat.

A contemporary direct vent gas fireplace is particularly popular today because it improves the feel and look of any residence, adding sophistication and charm to your living space. Kozy Heat offers a range of contemporary fireplaces that can meet your need for an elegant, sleek heating solution that will fit in your living room or even in your bedroom or kitchen.

Other Fireplace Choices
If you prefer the traditional look and feel of a charming wood fireplace in your house, Kozy Heat offers these as well. Our wood fireplaces are built from high-quality materials and are highly dependable during a power outage. As well, our professionals can advise you on which type of fireplace will best suit your household’s needs 

Monday, August 10, 2015

What is the Difference between Radiant and Convective Heat?

What is the Difference between Radiant and Convective Heat?

During the cold winter months, having a fireplace in your home can be immensely helpful for keeping your family warm and setting the right mood for the holiday season. A couple of different types of fireplaces available through Kozy Heat can make your home cozier and more inviting: a wood fireplace and a direct vent gas fireplace. These fireplaces produce two different types of heat: radiant heat and convective heat, respectively.

Radiant Heat
A wood fireplace is known for producing radiant heat. One way of thinking about radiant heat is that it is the heat you feel coming from the sun. Radiant heating involves transferring radiant energy to an object from a source that emits heat. In other words, a wood fireplace radiates heat directly onto nearby objects and thus helps to transfer heat to your home. How completely the wood is burned and how effectively your wood-burning appliance transfers heat to the house ultimately determines its level of efficiency.

Additional Radiant Heating Information
A wood fireplace is essentially a space heater, so it is best to have one installed in the particular room where you typically spend most of your time during the winter months. Note that the location of your fireplace, as well as your chimney, does influence how effectively heat will be conserved and distributed in your house. A main advantage of a wood fireplace is that it can fit into a smaller area, and today’s options are relatively easy to use.

Convective Heat
Convective heat refers to the warmth you feel when a fan is running and pushing air out of the top of a louver or grill. A hair dryer is an example of a convective heat device. A convective heating device, unlike a radiant heating device, essentially features what is known as a heat-transfer system. This system functions by circulating air through the heating appliance and then distributing it, therefore heating your house’s air supply. Direct vent gas fireplaces usually rely on convection to heat homes.

Direct Vent Gas Fireplace

A direct vent gas fireplace features a combustion chamber that is sealed and thus prevents combustion gases from entering your room. In addition, the system draws combustion air from the outside instead of pulling in essential warm air from indoors. This means a direct vent gas fireplace can be installed in any of your home’s rooms, including bathrooms and bedrooms. Direct vent gas fireplaces from Kozy Heat offer the benefit of removing the propensity for heat loss and drafts, which is common with other fireplace models. This makes them an extremely popular choice among homeowners today.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Will My Gas Fireplace Operate If I Lose Power?

Will My Gas Fireplace Operate If I Lose Power?

One of the greatest appeals of a gas fireplace is its convenience when it comes to heating your home. However, you may understandably be concerned about how useful a new gas fireplace in your home would be during a power outage, especially during the cold winter months. When you choose to have a Kozy Heat gas fireplace installed in your home, you can be assured your fireplace will operate during a power loss.

Gas Fireplace Benefits
A large number of modern homeowners prefer gas fireplaces over their wood-burning counterparts for several reasons. First, besides having the potential to operate during a power outage, gas fireplaces are easy to use. You can simply push a button to enjoy instantaneous heat. A fire fueled by wood requires more maintenance and is more time-consuming to create and sustain. In addition, a wood-fueled blaze produces creosote, which can accumulate in your chimney and must be removed by a professional. The burned-out wood, ash and soot can also be a lot of work to clean up—something you don’t have to worry about with a gas fireplace.

IPI Valve System
A gas fireplace with an intermittent pilot ignition (IPI) valve system will remain operational during a power outage.  An IPI valve system is an energy-saving electronic system that utilizes an electrode to ignite your pilot gas. After being sparked by electricity, the pilot flame then lights your main burner gas. The pilot flame is present only when your main burner is in operation. Thus, when the burner is not on, neither is the pilot. The IPI system makes sure that your pilot flame extends over your burner so that the gas is immediately ignited, and it ensures that energy is being conserved when you are not using the appliance.

Additional Tips

If you choose a fireplace with an IPI valve system, note that you’ll need batteries in the system’s battery backup in order for your fireplace to work when your home suddenly loses power. Also, if your fireplace comes with a fan kit or lights, these items won’t work when you lose power. Our professionals at Kozy Heat can guide you through the process of choosing the right gas fireplace for your needs.