What is there to think about When Purchasing a Gas Fireplace
There are a few things that you should consider when you are going to be buying a gas fireplace that will ensure that your investment is deemed worthwhile, both as an ornamental room centrepiece and as a source of valuable heat.
When you have worked out the size and power of the wished for new fireplace, you’ll need to decide which type of venting system it will be using, whether it will work off of propane or natural gas, and how it will fit in with your mantel and hearth. A lot of good people select a fireplace as a secondary form of heating, which is reliable during power cuts, or as an aesthetically interesting addition that adds romantic ambience to a living room or bedroom.
The first important point of consideration is your source of energy.
- If other home appliances, such as a cooker or heating, runs from the city’s natural gas supply, this is obviously an easy and simple solution.
- Propane gas will burn with the same efficiency and ease, but then you will have to install a propane tank somewhere on your property.
- Both of these choices offer the same range of heat outputs, represented as BTUs.
Relevant to power will be the heating demands which are required from the room. Whether you feature a beautiful Danton Fireplace in your living room or a small one for use in the master bathroom, you’ll need to acknowledge the amount of heat you’ll need prior to purchase. This will depend on three things:
- The size of the room you wish to be heated.
- How well it will hold its warmth.
- And any other sources of heat inside of the same room.
A number of people like to watch the sensual flickering of flames, while others prefer it as a dependable source of heat. Also, it is possible to hook your fireplace to a thermostat to keep warmth at a wished for level, even if there is a blackout.
Matters of Venting
There are different venting options to think over when selecting a gas fireplace.
- The most popular is known as direct venting, where you only need a short flue to take in outside air and then return it back again.
- And then there’s the vent less type which can be mounted on an interior wall which vents air into the room.
- Traditional “up-vent” fireplaces use the whole chimneys as the flue.
If you already have one of the older wood-burning fireplaces in your home, you might wish to consider only buying a gas insert. This utilises the body and chimney of your present fireplace, but adds a glass front and necessary plumbing so that it works off of gas.
Whatever type you are looking to choose, make sure to check out the look and flame height, as well as all accessories such as great looking, glowing coals or ceramic logs so you’ll be perfectly happy with the finished item.