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.
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.
One of the most popular styles of gas fireplaces are know as balanced flue or direct vent. Find out more about this gas fireplace technology here.
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 20-120 square metres.
• 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. Your perfect gas fireplace is waiting to be found.
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