These days, a gas fireplace is a thing of beauty. Contemporary designs and upgraded technology mean gas is the choice of those who want a mix of aesthetic, convenient and economic. Gas can be perfect as a heating solution. But always remember - gas installation is a professional job. Getting it put in with all the necessary safeguards and regulations is absolutely vital. Here are some things you really need to know if you’re planning the installation of a gas fireplace.

Start off as you mean to go on. Get the professionals involved. If you have an unregistered, unqualified engineer fitting your gas fireplace, you’ll find it difficult getting a professional to service it or get involved further down the line. A registered and recommended gas fitter will not only follow the correct procedures, but you’ll also have the peace of mind of knowing their skills and conduct are officially recognised and accredited.

When you’re buying your gas fireplace, it’s worth finding out from the manufacturer who they recommend to do the fitting and servicing. Gas fireplace manufacturers have a vested interest in staying up to date with the current information on gas safety and offering good advice. Getting the benefit of their wisdom is worthwhile.

If ever you’re tempted to get non-professional help with your fire, bear in mind this will affect the warranty of the appliance. Without the certainty of professional standards and service, the safety and performance of your gas fireplace can’t be verified. Sticking with the professionals means your fireplace has a certified track record of professional installation and servicing.

You’ll need to ensure you have the right vents for your specific gas fireplace. It depends on the appliance, as some need an external wall, and others need a chimney or flue. Also, consider the location of the gas outlet in your home. Before it comes to installation day, these factors will need to have been discussed and suitably prepared.

Think about the space around your gas fireplace and the location of the furniture in your room. You’ll want to ensure enough distance around the fire that there’s no heat damage to fabrics and enough ventilation for fumes. Similar consideration needs to be given to the materials in the wall if your fireplace is to be inset. Some building materials can be combustible, and you’ll need to ensure your installation abides by the precautions stated in the safety manual. A professional gas fireplace installer should be fully aware of these conditions, but it’s worth informing yourself too.

And as the last point, certain gas fireplaces require electricity as well. If there isn’t a convenient power socket, or you need the power lead hidden in the wall, you’ll want to employ an electrician who understands the requirements for gas installation. Double check with your gas installer if they need this to be carried out separately or if its a service they offer as part of the package.

You can trust the registered professionals to do the job they’re trained and paid to carry out. Gas is everyone’s friend. But it’s a specialist field, so don’t cut corners.