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Venting systems may seem rather simple in appearance. But they actually represent complex thermodynamic and chemical processes in action. When installed properly, these systems can provide years of trouble free and safe operation. However, improper application or installation can have serious consequences.
Various codes and standards are designed to ensure safe installation of venting systems. In particular, become familiar with the following before beginning any venting project:
Failure to follow these codes, standards, and instructions can affect your product warranty coverage, homeowner insurance, and the UL Listing status as well as the more serious consequences mentioned above.
Failure to maintain the specified minimum clearances (air space) to combustibles is a major cause of vent-related fire. Minimum clearances are specified by vent system type. Consult the FAQs, and the various installation instructions for proper clearances for your application.
We highly recommend the services of professional installers for these venting systems. They have the necessary training to both DESIGN and INSTALL the proper venting system for any application.
For HVAC applications, such as venting from furnaces and water heaters, look for contractors with NATE certified technicians. North American Technician Excellence (http://www.natex.org) is the leading certification program for HVAC technicians.
For hearth-related work, such as fireplace and wood/pellet stove venting as well as chimney systems, two organizations provide rigorous certification programs for technicians:
Continetal Industries, through our AirJet division, is a supplier member of both the NCSG and the HPBA.