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What to Consider When Purchasing Gas Fires

By Edited Jun 17, 2014 0 0

Gas Fire Purchase

Rushing into a gas fire purchase is unwise indeed as there are many things you need to carefully consider first. If you take the time now to start understanding just some of the things you should think about when purchasing gas fires, in the long run you'll be much more satisfied with your purchase.

Of course the most critical thing when considering a gas fire purchase is ensuring you can access gas in the first place, whether that be propane or the natural gas pipeline. Assuming you already know gas is available to you in one form or another, you can move on to measuring up the size of the room you're intending to heat.

Gas Fires

Gas Fires


Accurate measurements are critical as they determine the output level of the gas fire you need. If the output is too much for the room it will get too hot and you won't leave your fire on long enough to appreciate all those relaxing flames. If you choose a fire that doesn't output enough warmth then the room will be too cold, leaving everyone feeling uncomfortable and not able to enjoy the new fire. So be sure you measure the space carefully and then get in touch with your gas fire supplier of choice. From there you will quickly learn what the best sized fire is for your chosen room.

Gas Fires Measurement

Gas Fires Measurements

Types of Gas Fires

Most gas fires require a vent and there are a number of options to look at when it comes to this. One of the simplest to install and energy efficient choices are direct vent systems. In this case a flue is designed to bring in the outside air and expel depleted air back out to the open air.

There are gas fires without flues, however, they do require a certain size room and careful consideration as to their requirements for expelling air via an outside wall. Clearance factors and noise levels are just two things you should learn more about from your gas fire supplier before making your final decision.

Electric Gas Fires

Electric Gas Fires

Installation of Gas Fire

If you're lucky enough to have an existing wood fire or fire place in your home you can simply purchase a gas fire that will insert directly into the existing space, essentially adding a beautiful glass panel to the front.  

In terms of the installation of your gas fire, it's extremely important that a registered professional who is authorized to work with gas fires fits it. Gas can be a wonderful fuel to heat your home but it must be treated with the utmost of respect when it comes to safety; leaking gas can be very dangerous so ensure you never try to shortcut the installation and maintenance of your gas appliances.

Installation of Gas Fire

Installation of Gas Fire

Selection of Gasfires

Lastly, when it comes to choosing your gas fire surround, consider the rest of the home's decor and overall look and feel as well as the size of the room the gas fire is being installed in. Beautiful marble surrounds make a bold statement in good-sized formal dining rooms whilst a shiny chrome surround makes for an ultra modern look and will suit most sized rooms.

If you take your time now to ensure you choose the right gas fire for your home, you will then be certain to enjoy the comfort and luxury of a beautiful gas fire for many years to come.



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