Pros & Cons of Ventless Fireplace Options for a Condo

If you live in a condo with no chimney, you may be wondering if you can even have a fireplace. Luckily, the answer is yes! 

Fireplaces have an unbeatable charm, and you don’t have to give that up just because you live in a condo. Nowadays, there are several great ventless fireplace options, such as an electric or vent-free gas fireplace, that are great for any condo. 

If you’re thinking of having a fireplace installed in your condo, keep reading to learn the pros and cons of ventless options to choose from!

Fireplace Options For Your Condo

1. Electric Fireplace

Since there’s no “real” fire with an electric fireplace, you don’t need a chimney! 

Electric fireplaces work by drawing cool air in, heating it internally via coils, and blowing warm air back out. However, since electric fireplaces aren’t connected to the outdoors, they lose less heat than a wood burning fireplace would.

Here are a few things to think about when considering whether or not to install an electric fireplace in your condo:


  • You can enjoy the heat and glow of a fire, without dealing with changing your condo’s ventilation or chopping firewood. 
  • They come in many styles and sizes, so you can find one that meets your aesthetic and installation needs!
  • They are relatively low-cost and low maintenance.


  • They can only heat small spaces.
  • They must be near an electrical outlet to function.
  • No real fire sounds or smells.

2. Vent-Free Gas Fireplace

Similarly, a vent-free gas fireplace offers a very low installation price. However, unlike an electric fireplace, it provides superior heat output!

Some people opt for this option, because they want to add an alternate source of heat in a single room. Others choose it because of the coziness it brings to the room of your choice.


  • These fireplaces are programmed to shut off in the event of low oxygen levels in the room, making this option extremely safe for a small space, such as a condo. 
  • They save you time and money, compared to a ventilation system installation. 
  • Vent-free gas fireplaces output and maintain more heat.


  • The flame is mostly blue; therefore, ventless gas logs don’t have the visual appeal of a wood or vented gas fireplace.
  • Some states restrict the installation of ventless gas products due to safety concerns, so they may not be permitted if you rent your condo.
  • They produce a mild odor that may bother those who are sensitive to smell.

The Bottom Line

Electric and vent-free gas fireplaces are both excellent choices for your condo. They both can save you money on heating bills, and provide a nice aesthetic that goes with the style of your condo.

However, the choice comes down to what you’re desiring in a fireplace; ambiance (electric), or heat (vent-free gas). 

Remember: if you’re unsure of which option would be best for your home, a fireplace installation expert will be there to help guide your decision and pick the right model!

Contact Supreme For Fireplace Condo Questions or Recommendations

As a subsidiary division of Supreme, Plumbing, and Cooling—Terre Haute’s #1 choice for residential HVAC and plumbing services since 1956—the goal of Supreme Fireplace & Hearth is to treat our customer’s homes like our own. We carry 25+ of the top fireplace brands, and are continuously working to expand our selection. 

Our team possesses both the skill and expertise to help you with fireplace installation and maintenance, while providing the best customer service experience. Contact us today to get your fireplace installation quote!