We are spoilt for choice these days with the range of fireplace styles, but also the type of fuel they can use and what’s best suited to each individual home. This article will tell you everything you need to know about gas fireplace installation.
Types of Gas Fireplaces
Vented (Direct Vent)
A vented fireplace is where air for combustion is taken from outside, and piped indoors through a vent. As well as venting out gases from the exterior of the house. These will either be vented through the wall directly behind or just above the fireplace, or vented through the roof. If it is vented through the roof you will most likely require a chimney and/or chimney flue.
Unvented or ventless fireplaces use air for combustion from inside the house. The require gas logs as a fuel source. There is a lot of debate on whether these systems are actually safe or not.
Whether you can get a vented or unvented fireplace depends on your local government regulations. Not everywhere allows unvented fireplaces, and different places may have stricter codes and regulations than others. Ensure you check what these are before installation.
Natural gas is a clean-burning gas; this means that it is more environmentally friendly than some other methods. It is also the most common fuel used for gas fireplace installations. Natural gas does not need to be refilled as it can come straight from the gas line.
Liquid propane gas (LPG) is also an extremely clean burning gas. Propane burns up to 3 times hotter than natural gas as it contains more carbon. Propane will need to be refilled when required.
The average cost of gas fireplace installation can be anywhere from £500-£10,000+, this depends on many factors including;
- Type of fireplace material used
- Size of fireplace
- Labour costs
- Chimney installation (if required)
- If the fireplace has been prefabricated (pre-built in a factory)
- If gas line installation is required
If you are unsure of how much it would cost to install a gas fireplace in your home, many companies offer a no obligation free quote.
Benefits of Gas Fireplace Installation
Here are just some of the benefits of installing a gas fireplace;
Unlike a wood burning fireplace, a gas fireplace can always provide you with heat – as long as you’re connected to a gas line.
With gas fireplaces, you’ll never need to worry about getting or carrying wood. Helping keep the forests intact.
A gas fireplace could help you save up to 25% on your gas bill!
Easy to Work
A gas fireplace can be switched on and off by simply flipping a switch. This not only makes it easy to use but leaves you in total control.
Unlike a wood burning fireplace, no sparks are produced in a gas fireplace. There are also no fumes or particles being released back into your home.
Why You Should Hire a Professional
If you’re thinking about hiring a professional to do your gas fireplace installation, then you have made a good choice. If the fireplace isn’t properly installed it could have potentially tragic consequences. I don’t need to tell you how dangerous gas can be, a professional can help ensure that there are no faults in the installation.
If you’re thinking about installing a gas fireplace contact a stove and fireplace specialist, for great results, and peace of mind every time.