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Style, Utility Put Merit™ Louverless Direct-Vent Fireplace in a Class of its Own

ORANGE, Calif. (January 29, 2009) – Lennox Hearth Products, America's best-known fireplace brand, has launched an all-new direct-vent fireplace design focused on the needs of builders and consumers alike. The Merit™ Louverless Direct-Vent Series (MLDVT) features expansive glass openings, beautiful fire-and-log sets and is a heat-efficient fireplace. It combines the charm of a traditional fireplace with the heating technology that consumers expect from Lennox.

THE MLDVT is available in four popular sizes with framing widths of 30, 35, 40 and 45 inches, making it a perfect fit for any room in the house. Its decorative detailing includes dramatic split and peeled full branch oak log sets. Customers can also select from three decorative, ceramic fiber brick-patterned liner kits in Buff Herringbone, Buff Rustic and Red Rustic.

A full-front panel glass face characterizes the Merit Louverless series, and recreates the look of a traditional fireplace far more effectively than competitive louvered designs. Other options include a full line of beautiful decorative fireplace doors and free-standing fire screens.

These efficient, direct-vent MLDVT models are heater-rated and are available with energy saving pilotless ignition. They also offer a battery back-up option that allows the fireplace to operate during power outages. The MLDVT models are included in Lennox Hearth Products' Furn Smart Program, a menu of energy efficient fireplaces and stoves that meet recognized third-party standards for energy efficiency.