“Fortunately, current technology provides for fireplace units that are EPA approved,” states Klayton Tapley, CEO of — The Fireplace Place. “In fact, direct vent fireplaces or inserts on the market today can exceed current EPA regs.”
In a 04 January 2014 editorial, “EPA’s chilling effect,” The Washington Times explains the EPA’s newly adopted regulation, “The new standard […] reduces the legal limit for airborne fine-particle matter from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 12 micrograms.” The regulation restricts “soot produced by industry smokestacks, diesel trucks and even ordinary sources like wood-burning stoves.”
To clarify, Larry Ball, contributor to Forbes.com explains in his 14 January 2014 article, “EPA's Wood-Burning Stove Ban Has Chilling Consequences For Many Rural People” that these new regulations effectively “[…] banned the production and sale of 80 percent of America’s current wood-burning stoves.”
Tapley continues, “A high efficiency direct vent fireplace is versatile and the most convenient fireplace on the market.” Whether you have an existing masonry or prefabricated fireplace, a direct vent fireplace can be installed and be 70 to 85 percent efficient. “You can literally produce enjoyable heat cheaper than you can operate your central furnace.”
About The Fireplace Place:
The Fireplace Place is based out of Atlanta, Georgia, and offers a wide range of fireplace and hearth products, plus an extensive maintenance and service plan. Fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves and more can provide years of enjoyment, increase home values, and can even qualify homeowners for a 10% tax credit. The Fireplace Place offers a free consultation and guides customers every step of the way in creating the look and style that will be the focal point of any room.
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