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Heat & Glo Direct Vent technology continues to protect indoor air quality


1/20/2009 (Minneapolis)

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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), homeowners today are increasingly concerned about indoor air quality, which if compromised, can trigger respiratory ailments like asthma. The EPA states that indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of air quality problems in the home. It is also proven that insufficient ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not circulating enough outdoor air inside the home to dilute emissions, and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home.

Unlike unvented or vent free gas fireplaces, direct vent technology expels 100 percent of the fireplaces combustion exhaust, moisture and odors outside of the home. Indoor air quality is not compromised because a sealed combustion system keeps by-products, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and excess moisture from entering the home.

In the late 1980s, Heat & Glo invented the direct vent gas fireplace, revolutionizing the hearth industry. Recognized by the Energy & Environmental Building Association as one of the top 25 technology breakthroughs in residential construction, direct vent technology has become a staple in new home construction.

With a broad range of sizes and easy placement advantage, direct vent gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts produce highly-efficient heat and can be installed almost anywhere in the home. They are the most requested type of hearth system by U.S. consumers today.

In addition to being the focal point of a room, homeowners want their fireplaces to create warmth while maintaining indoor air quality, said Dave Miller, Heat & Glo brand manager. This is made possible with direct vent systems, which drive 100 percent of the fires combustion exhaust outside the home, protecting indoor air.

Heat & Glos direct vent gas technology also helps builders earn green building points. It is the preferred technology in every green building program, including the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Home Building Standards, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED for Homes and ENERGY STARs Indoor Air Package. It is also an American Lung Association Midwest Health House program Clean Air Choice.

Heat & Glo is a brand of Hearth & Home Technologies. Heat & Glo brings together elegance and innovation to offer hearth products with distinct design, sophistication and style that set apart virtually any room of the home. For more information, visit www.heatnglo.com.

For images of new products introduced by Heat & Glo at the International Builders Show, visit www.fireplaces.com/profitsolutions.com, and click on Media Kits.

About Hearth & Home Technologies Inc.

Hearth & Home Technologies is the worlds leading provider of whole hearth systems including fireplaces, stoves and inserts, as well as furnaces that utilize biomass fuels. Its family of brands includes Harman, Heatilator, Heat & Glo, Quadra-Fire and Fireside Hearth & Home retail stores and builder design centers. The company offers a wide variety of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable hearth products, which are manufactured, packaged and delivered with respect for the environment. Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI), the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States. More information can be found at www.hearthnhome.com.