Your Guide to Gas Fireplaces
A gas log fireplace creates a ‘mess free’ centrepiece for your home while still providing a good level of heat and the visual ambience of a wood burning fire.
There has been a strong trend toward gas fireplaces because they are much more affordable to build than wood-burning fireplaces which require a chimney built of masonry. There’s also huge range of sizes and styles on the market, from traditional to sleek modern or contemporary designs that can be incorporated into a multitude of interior spaces.
To learn more about how to choose a fire place, visit our Fireplace Trends for 2016 article
The advantages of a gas fireplace:
• Convenience - entertaining is easy because your fireplace will work when you want it to, without having to store, stack or chop wood.
• Functionality – provides instant heat. With the ease of pressing a button or turning a knob, you have a flame.
• Range – choose for a smorgasbord of design options and styles.
• Design Flexibility - most units have a ‘zero clearance’ around them so you have more options for surrounding wall finishes including tiles, stone, paint or wallpaper.
• Reliability – ability to function in the event of a power cut.
• Thermostatically controlled heat from a reliable source. Be it 6am or 10pm, you can just flick it on and get results.
• Readily available - if you are already hooked up to main gas.
• Natural gas is a good option if directly available to the home.
• Gas heaters produce approximately one third of greenhouse gas emissions of standard electric heaters.
• A gas log fire has the look of a wood fire without the disadvantages.
• They come with energy labels to help you choose the most efficient models.
• Cleaner than wood or coal.
• Gas heaters do not require a chimney.
Things to consider when selecting a gas fireplace:
• Gas fires should be used as a secondary form of heating to heat individual rooms.
• The amount of area gas log heaters can heat depends on the size of the unit – they can heat anywhere from 20-120sqm.
• Not all gas heaters are star rated but by knowing the megajoule (MJ) output you can calculate the average cost per hour to run.
• Possibility of leaks - Maintenance is important in making sure the heater runs efficiently and that there are no carbon monoxide leaks.
• Malfunctioning units can possibly emit carbon monoxide.
• They will require some cleaning as dirt and dust can clog them.
• Gaskets need to be checked regularly.
• Vented fireplaces also need regular checks for debris.
For more gas fireplace design ideas visit our website – it’s teaming with options. The perfect fireplace just for you is waiting to be found! Visit: Fireplaces
If you would like to learn about other types of fireplaces please visit Wood Burner Fireplaces.
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