How To Choose The Best Gas Fire For Your Home

So many gas fires, so many options! If you’ve decided on gas as your fuel of choice, then congratulations, because it’s a very popular option for so many excellent reasons. In terms of styles, gas is going to give you the best of all worlds. The designs of gas fires on the market these days are strong on aesthetic styling, as well as environmentally friendlier and more cost-effective than many other fireplaces.

So let’s have a look at the different types of fireplace you might want to go for. The great thing about gas is that there are so many benefits you’ll enjoy, whichever design you opt for. There’s the convenience, the efficiency, the effectiveness of gas heating, and the reasonable cost. Once you’ve bought the appliance in the first place and budgeted for installation and some professional annual maintenance, it’s very hard to beat the low cost of running a gas fire.

Are you starting from scratch or is this a replacement fireplace? Perhaps you have an inset gas fire already in situ, and you’re hoping to find a similar appliance to update your home. Well, even if that is the case, we recommend you shop around and discover what’s on offer because you might just find you have more options than when you bought the previous model. These days, when you’re fitting a new gas fire you aren’t even necessarily tied to having a chimney or flue.

So think about the factors that are most important to you. If you have your heart set on the location of the fireplace, you’ll have to think about whether you might need to limit your choice to a flueless or balanced flue gas fire. Your heating engineer can advise you about your particular situation and the necessity (or not) for a vent to allow your fireplace to operate correctly. It’s possible you can have some minor building alterations done to modify your home to allow your chosen fireplace to be sited exactly where you want it.

If energy efficiency is less of an issue for you than having the look and feel of an open fire, you may consider an open front gas fire. Log effect gas fires come in different style options, allowing you to choose the style of logs, the colour of the flame, and the intensity of the burning effect.

On the other hand, one really efficient design of gas fire is the type with ceramic plates, which will retain the heat even after the gas has been switched off. Although, perhaps, more of a retro choice, it’s a definite option for some homes. 

Ensure you choose the right power of gas fire for the space you are looking to heat. You don’t want such a big and powerful output that you overpower a small home. But likewise, if you have a large and open area that needs warming, you’ll want to ensure the fire isn’t too small for the job.

Have a look through our gas fire product pages to get a feel for what’s available. And if you’re in need of any advice, don’t hesitate to contact us. Of course, you’ll be looking to source a trusted local professional to fit the fire when the time comes, so getting their advice and input in advance, is a great idea.

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