H2Oasis has been installing and servicing home heating systems in West Michigan and Northern Michigan for the past 20 years. To cover our vast service area H2Oasis operates four strategically located retail showrooms in Rockford, Nunica/Spring Lake, White Cloud/Newaygo and Gaylord Michigan. H2Oasis prides itself on carrying hearth products tailored to the needs of all of our customers. H2Oasis offers gas, pellet, wood and corn products from manufactures that include, Quadra-Fire, Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Harman, SimpliFire, Avalon, St. Croix, Mendota, Firechief, Fireplace Xtrordinair, RH Peterson, Stoll, Thelin, and Nature’s Comfort. Over the past six years we have expanded our product offerings to include a selection of modern linear gas inserts, retro clean-faced modern linear fireplaces, modern outdoor units and outdoor wood gasification units. We have also added a selection of the latest electric fireplace units from SimpliFire. SimpliFire electric fireplaces come in a variety of styles including, chic, contemporary, wall-hung fireplaces; traditional built-in fireplaces; and rich wood cabinet fireplaces.
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H2Oasis’s seasoned sales staff is like no other, particularly when it comes to product knowledge. We believe educated sales staff helps to build strong relationships and loyalty with our customers. Understanding our customers and their needs has helped us create a reputation of being alternative heating experts in the industry. H2Oasis is focused on ongoing education, our service teams and installation crews go through all the necessary technical training and certification. Our Company holds a Mechanical and Builder’s License and is National Fireplace Institute (NFI)certified, HHT Certified, and Travis Industry Certified. If any issue or question arises, we have great service people to handle it.
In direct-vent appliances, you use special direct-vent pipe recommended by the supplier. The direct-vent system involves two parts, one part for the exhaust and one for combustion air intake. The appliance itself is a completely sealed combustion chamber and air from the house is not used for combustion. The exhaust vents can go out through a sidewall or through the roof.
Pros: Combustion fumes are vented outside which reduces harmful fumes inside of the home. Allows a simple installation in cases where the vent it going out a wall and terminates at the wall. No need to terminate above the roof line as is necessary with b-vent or wood burning applications resulting in relatively low venting costs.
Cons: Direct vent fireplaces have a sealed glass front and the position and look of the logs in the fireplace cannot be altered or incomplete combustion will occur. A vent-free fireplace does not require venting which allows consumers more flexibility in where they place their fireplace. The burner of the fireplace or gas log set is designed to be 99%+ efficient, therefore there is no need to vent the appliance.
Pros: Ease of installation and lowered cost since vent pipe is not needed. Vent-free products are typically the most efficient of all fireplaces or gas logs since all the heat is generated into the room or home.
Cons: Combustion fumes are vented inside the home which affect some people who are very sensitive to smell or allergies. Vent-free products expel a fair amount of moisture as a result of the burn process which also is expelled into the home. This can be problematic especially in a sunroom or room with a lot of windows. Moisture build up may cause continuous dripping in these areas. Typically there is a low flame with vent-free products and the placement of the burner or logs are set by the manufacturer and cannot be changed or altered.
Gas logs are typically inexpensive to operate because the primary purpose is to create an aesthetically pleasing ambiance within your home. The cost of operation depends on the amount of use and the fuel being used. Natural gas is a relatively inexpensive fuel source. Consider the cost and time of ordering, delivering, and stacking firewood. Then consider that this needs to be done on a yearly basis for as long as wood is used. Compare this to the one time cost and set up of a gas log set. If a gas company charges less than a dollar per Therm, ccf or 100,000 BTU, and the BTU rating of the set is under 100,000 BTU, the cost per hour will be less than a dollar.
A fireplace insert is an appliance designed to be inserted into an existing wood fireplace. The type of insert is dependent upon the fuel choice, wood, pellet and gas are the most common fuel sources. A fireplace insert is designed to be an efficient heater and should be EPA certified.
Floor protection is required for your wood stove unless you are installing it on an existing hearth or non-combustable surface. Consult your owner’s manual to determine your required dimensions.
Generally, fireplaces are not an efficient means of burning wood. They do not burn as cleanly as an EPA-certified wood stove. Furthermore, fireplaces provide less heat to your home, since most of the heat from a fireplace goes out the chimney. Most fireplace owners do not use their fireplaces as a primary source of heat. They may burn wood in their fireplace as supplemental heat on chilly days, or to provide ambiance to their home. For more efficient heating with less smoke, consider having a gas, pellet, or EPA-certified wood fireplace insert installed in your fireplace. However, some fireplaces are available that are both energy efficient and meet the EPA certification standards.