Come winter, and people scurry around hoping to find the perfect heating system for their houses.

There are many contemporary house heating options available for you to choose from, and you simply do not have to worry about constructing a three feet chimney with a wood fireplace burning all night to keep you warm and cosy when it is snowing all around.

One of the best ways to provide heating indoors during the winter is employing a good modern gas fire system, which works either with radiant heat, the convection heat or both.

Open Fires

Nobody thinks about building a rustic fireplace in their stylish homes anymore simply because unless you have your own personal woodland in the garden they can be expensive.

Firewood and coal prices are rising by the day; moreover, you would need a chimney to get rid of the smoke, fire compatible flooring and many other fixtures to aid the burning.

Instead, when you opt for modern gas fires, you have a stylish way of heating your house with all proper safety precautions and minimal energy consumption, making it one of the cheapest and most reliable ways to heat your home with style.

There are two ways that modern gas fires heat your home and each method has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Radiated Heat

Radiated heat gas fires glow red hot and give out infra-red radiated heat to anyone sitting in front of the fire. Thus, you can install the fireplace in one corner of your house and switch it on; anyone who can see the fire will feel its heat, but it will have no effect outside the one room. Gas-burning patio heaters use radiated heat to warm the people who are sitting underneath them.

Convected Heat

With convected heat, air is heated around the device which then rises and moves around the room in convection currents. When warm air rises, the cold air present is pushed down and finds itself coming in contact with the gas fire, where it is heated. This process continues until all the cold air in the room is warm enough and there is comfortable temperature around, when you are supposed to shut the device off, otherwise the air becomes annoyingly hot.

Flueless Gas Fires

These do not have a chimney but give off the combustion products into the room. If the flames are yellow, rather than blue then the gas is only being partially burned and soot circulating around the room will be a problem as well as soot, poisonous carbon monoxide can also be released into the room. You will need a brick-sized ventilation hole in an outside wall to provide enough oxygen for the gas to burn. You should not consider one of these as a primary heating source and unless you have a carbon monoxide detector fitted. Efficiency is about 5% partly because of the gas only being partially burnt.

Open Flue Gas Fires

These are fitted directly into your current fireplace and use your chimney to vent any burnt gases. You usually need a stainless steel flue-liner to be fitted and a lot of the convected heat goes straight up the chimney the same as with an open coal fire. Efficiency is only 20%

Balanced Flue Gas Fires

These draw in air from outside to burn the gas, then pass the hot combustion products over a heat exchanger to heat air from the room. The burnt gas goes straight outside again. Efficiency is high and you never need to worry about carbon monoxide fumes in the room, so no ventilation hole in the room is necessary. Efficiency is around 70%.

Glass Fronted Gas Fires

These are the most efficient form of gas fire. They work similarly to a balanced flue fire, drawing in air from outside to burn the gas and passing the combustion products over a heat exchanger that transfers heat to air from the room. Efficiency can be as high as 80%.

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It does not matter which of the many gas companies your gas account is with, efficiency rules and you would be wise to discount altogether the less efficient gas fire options.