What is the difference between “steady state” efficiency and AFUE?
Steady State: An efficiency rating is testing only the efficiency of the fireplace when it is burning. AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency): Both the on cycle and off cycle are calculated in this rating. By including the off cycles (when the fireplace is turned off) a more accurate yearly operational cost can be estimated.
How often do I have to clean the gas fireplace and vent?
Although the frequency of your fireplace servicing and maintenance will depend on use and the type of installation, you should have a qualified service technician perform an appliance check-up at the beginning of each heating season.
How can I change the look of my fireplace?
In many cases a gas fireplace has several facing and trim options. Fireplaces can be given a “face lift” by changing the stone facing or surrounds, and wood mantel options. Ace Heating can give you more details on the options for your particular fireplace.
Do the solar collectors have to face south?
Not necessarily. The solar collectors should just be installed where they can be in the sun a good portion of the day. Depending on the angle of the mounting surface east and west facing systems can function equally as well.