How do I choose the right gas fire?
There are many things to consider when choosing a gas fire. In a recent survey the top prioirty decision factors when shopping for a new gas fire were:
3. Fuel Type
4. Size/dimensions of fire/fireplace
At Superior Fires we believe that buying a gas fire doesn't have to be complicated. To help you find the perfect gas fire we've answered the most popular questions below to get you started.
- How much heat output do I need? According to the English Housing Survey 2010 the average living room floor area is 3.6m x 3.6m (small dwelling) and 4.8m x 4.8m (medium dwelling) with an average height of 2.4m. Therefore the average volume is 31m³ to 55m³. Approximately speaking to make your room 21˚C when it's 1˚C outside, you will need 1kW of heat output for every 14m³ of space. Therefore as a rule of thumb, if you multiply the height, width and length together, to calculate the room volume, then divide this by 14, you'll get a gauge of what heat output is required. This would mean that the average room requires about 2.2kW to 3.9kW heat output for all year round comfort.
- What chimney or flue do you have? You should always consult a specialist to confirm this however, to get a rough idea of what kind of flue or chimney you've got you can look up at your roof top.
- How big is your fireplace opening? It is important to know the opening dimensions (width x height x depth) of your fireplace. The only way to ensure this is accurate is by getting a Gas Safe engineer to remove your existing fire. Generally, the opening is 16" wide by 22" high (w406mm x h559mm). Most modern fireplace openings are the same but the depth can vary significantly.
- What are the different types of gas fires? For conventional flued inset gas fires we have four different sized engines which differ mainly by providing either radiant or radiant and convected heat, and the physical firebox depth. These are: the Chewton (slimline Radiant - Depth 110mm), Asaba (slimline convector - Depth 120mm), Whatley (full depth radiant - Depth 180mm) and Walther (full depth convector - Depth 250mm).
- What styles can I choose? There are many different designs to choose from. Frets such as the Blenheim, Elegance, Elysee, Grove and Victorian with vertical lines or ornate detailing are considered traditional, and those with horizontal clean lines are considered more modern and contemporary.
- What control options are there? Depending on the model we offer up to three control methods: Manual - Rotary Control, Manual - Fingerslide Control and Remote Control
- Is efficiency important? The efficiency of a gas fire depends on which gas fire you choose. For example the Grosvenor High Efficiency Gas Fire range of glass fronted gas fires are 90% efficient as the glass front significantly reduces the warm-air being drawn up the chimney. Also this fire provides additional convected heat which draws in cold air and channels this through the firebox warming it up in the process and expels this hot air from the top back into the room.
- Are gas fires safe? Every gas fire has a Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) and Flame Failure Device (FFD). These two components monitor the safe levels of oxygen in the room and if they should fall below a safe level will shut off the gas supply to the fire.
- Who will fit my fire? All gas fires should be installed by a Gas Safe engineer. At Superior Fires your safety is of paramount importance and thats why we offer a nationwide Home Survey and Installation Service to ensure you not only get the fire you like but it is installed and working correctly.
- How does a flueless fire work? Our range of Flueless Gas Fires incorporate the latest in gas fire technology and do not need a chimney or flue to operate and are designed to burn extremely cleanly. The burnt gasses then pass through a catalytic converter system as an additional safety precaution. In fact, the catalytic converter works so effectively that it can actually help to clean the air by neutralising airborne particles and odours, therefore helping to reduce household allergies.
- How long does flueless fires catalytic converter last? Independent tests commissioned to establish the life expectancy of the catalytic converter have proved that even after 16,957 hours (approximately equivalent to 27 years and eight months of normal use)* the catalytic converter is as effective as when it is new.*Calculation is based on the assumption of 4 hours a day for 5 months of the year.
- Flueless fires and condensation? All of our flueless fires are designed to supplement central heating and should be used as a secondary heat source only. Therefore, the background ambient temperature of the room will prevent any moisture from condensing on colder surfaces such as single glazed windows.
- Do flueless fires need an air vent in the room? Most heating appliances need ventilation to maintain the correct level of oxygen in the room. All of our flueless appliances installed in the UK require only 100cm² of additional purpose provided ventilation.*
*For installation in the Republic of Ireland, two fixed openings are required with a minimum effective opening each of 60cm². Both ventilators should be fitted on the same wall, one at high level and one low level with a minimum vertical separation of 160cm.
Hopefully these main considerations will help you to choose the right gas fire and you'll have a beautiful warm focal point in your room. Browse our wide selection of gas fires and find exactly what you're looking for.
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If you're still not sure where to start and could do with a helping hand, get in touch. Customers come to us for our wide choice, great prices and unbeatable product knowledge. If there's something we can help you with or you've got any technical questions, contact our friendly sales team on 01202 588 632 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, don't forget we offer a nationwide Home Survey & Installation whereby we can send out a Gas Safe Registered engineer to help make sure you get exactly the right fire for you and know exactly what the costs are before you decide to proceed.