It's not just the initial outlay you have to consider when you're buying a new appliance. There are also the running costs too and not forgetting the installation. Also, everyone is better educated about environmental costs these days. That's why when it comes to buying a fireplace, you'll be wanting to know you're making a wise and responsible choice that doesn't offset the benefits of creating a warm and lovely space for your family's everyday life. So let's look at gas fires. Do they have hidden costs we should be aware of? 

To start with, the obvious expense beyond the gas fire itself is the installation, which is important to budget for. Whereas you can buy an electric fire and simply plug it in. Even if you have a suitable outlet already in place, they'll be checking the overall safety and smooth operation of your gas fire so that you have peace of mind and the paperwork to prove it. Over time, you'll want to get that friendly engineer back for regular checks to just ensure no problems arise. So when you're considering the cost of a gas fire, remember to add to the price of the unit and initial installation, the annual checks, and any extra building work which needs doing to fit the fire where you want it to be. 

That being said, there are ways in which gas fires work out more economical over time. The cost of gas is typically cheaper than electric of biofuels. And with decent home insulation and the right size of fire for the right room, you can pick one which doesn't have too big or small an output. That saves you money. it also means you're able to regulate the fuel you use to ensure you're not having to open the windows in order to expel any excess hear, or turn on the heating in the rest of the house to compensate.

Consider a gas fire that is even better value for money. Convector gas fires with a glass front are impressively fuel efficient, especially when compared with older models. You should definitely check the stats on the various models you're possibly considering because there could be 70 or 80% more or less efficiency at stake.  

Have a think about the overall value to your home of a decent gas fire. Unlike the electric model, which has the advantage of being easier to take with you if you were to move, your gas fire will most likely be staying in place. If you've planned an interior design with the perfect gas fire, you could really have helped enhance your property. Take advance from local estate agents on this, but its a big bonus for viewing if they love what you've done creatively with the hub of family living space, by the way of a stylish and well-suited gas fireplace. 

In terms of environmental costs, it's good for everyone when we can use less fuel to help heat our homes, by making the most of whatever fuel we're using. When you choose a gas fireplace that fits your home space but also does an efficient job of heating, you'll be caring for the world too.