Wood and Gas Fireplace Flue Applications
Healthy Hearth System with Flue Sentinel®
A Flue Sentinel®, flue applications, and open hearth are part of a well designed home. A Healthy Hearth System with Flue Sentinel is effectively sealed, maximizing energy efficiency by keeping the warm air in when not in use. The sealing of the dampers also eliminates any potential negative impact on the home’s designed ventilation and air balance.
Flue Sentinel dampers automatically open and close the hearth’s vent opening on demand. Flue Sentinel interlocks with any gas log system and uses proving switches to ensure proper and safe venting.
Fan and damper combination systems are now available to provide adequate and safe venting of any open gas hearth. This allows a large open face for the hearth, with a potentially smaller vent pipe. Chimney fans or draft inducers can also be used when the chimney alone does not provide enough natural draft.
A combustion air system works in conjunction with the damper and/or fan to provide a reliable source of fresh air for the fire.
The Flue Sentinel can also interface with our Healthy Home System™ control to supply make-up or ventilation air for the home through the HVAC system.
Flue Sentinel® turns the hearth, firebox, and chimney into a Healthy Hearth System™. A healthy hearth with Flue Sentinel operates safely and efficiently without negatively impacting the home’s overall efficiency and design. Flue Sentinel systems have sufficient draft to ensure that exhaust goes up the chimney, a sealed damper to automatically open and close the vent or chimney, and safety interlocks to prove safe operation every time the fire is lit. A direct source for combustion air can be included to provide a truly “sealed” system. The Fresh Air Damper and vent damper open in unison and the hearth operates as a sealed system. The illustration above demonstrates the primary requirements of a healthy hearth.