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Fire up your Efficiency!

Do you have one of those "builder special" fireplaces with opening
doors or no glass doors at all? The kind that hardly gives off any
heat as the gas meter keeps on spinning?

FACT: If you have an open gas fireplace in a brick chimney,
or a built in gas fireplace with opening doors or no glass
at all,  it is an inefficient decorative appliance only.

         Sausage-style logs. Both ugly & inefficient.

FACT: In the 1990's these were built into countless condos and
townhomes in Surrey, Whiterock, and Delta.  What was the
cheapest option for the builder was the worst option for
the homeowner who has to live with it.

FACT: If you live with one of these cold, drafty, gas-wasting,
environmentally unfriendly appliances, it can feel like you have
a window open in the room 24-7.  Or you can feel the flow from
your central forced air heat being sucked right up the chimney and
out of the house.

FACT: If you have one of these in your home, you need to make
sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector installed in that room.

FACT: Adding a fan to an inefficient builders unit will waste about $250
to blow around some lukewarm air.  This is because
units without heat exchangers have no way of robbing
heat from the exhaust, so all your money still goes up the chimney.
If you look carefully at your fireplace, you will likely see a sticker
indicating that it is a "decorative appliance only" and should
not be used as a heat source (with or without a fan).  Plus keep
in mind that the sound of a fan can be maddening.

FACT: We can often convert your fireplace in just a few hours, without
requiring a wall renovation or removing/altering your
existing fireplace facing.  You can begin enjoying the heat from your
new fireplace immediately.

FACT: We have been involved in the gas fireplace industry since the
beginning and we have been in this location for 30 years, so we have
pretty much seen it all. We have an expansive knowledge
base to help you weigh the specific conversion options for your application.

Are you in a strata property which includes gas charges but not electricity?
Many people  have found that using an efficient gas fireplace
for heat instead of electrical baseboards can reduce heating costs significantly.
Now is the time to update your energy waster!

The Valor Retrofire has been the most popular choice for customers who
are unable to replace their existing b-vent stack with a direct vent option. Often
this is the case with people who live in strata properties.  The Retrofire
with a zero clearance kit can be installed in most applications without requiring
alterations to surrounding tile, framing or mantle.  This installation can usually
be completed in a few hours.

The Retrofire offers superb radiant heat without relying on a fan.  This means
it is quiet and will operate at peak heating efficiency even during a power
failure.  It comes with a programmable, digital remote control thermostat
and a modulating valve to adjust the flame height according to the room
temperature.  It has a solid ceramic glass front with a child safety barrier standard.
Valors are made in North Vancouver with German-made valves
and remotes. 

Retrofire by Valor specifications
Photo gallery of inefficient to efficient conversions

You can see what conversions look like in our online fireplace
photo gallery.  Try to find out the make and model number
of your existing fireplace or bring in a picture and we can
explore your high efficiency options.  We will give you
a detailed quote specific to your needs, and we can come
out for a measure-up as required.  Then let our expert installers
impress you as they convert your fireplace into a high efficiency heat
source this season.

          Valor Retrofire High Efficient Conversion in strata


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