One of the most popular options for homes at the moment are gas fires – and it should come as no surprise. Not only are gas fires practical but they also come in a range of finishes to complement your home interior style – whether it be a traditional design you are after, or something more modern. A gas fire can transform the feel of a room, adding a touch of luxury with its stylish design, and so it may be something that you are seriously considering investing in, and we are here to help.
There is a wide range of gas fires available, and we know from experience that a lot of people have questions about them, and so we have pulled together this information to make it easier for you to pick the perfect fire for your home.
Do Gas Fires Need a Chimney?
There is not a straightforward answer to this question actually. No, you don't need a chimney in the traditional sense of the word – to conduct smoke up from your fire through the roof of the building – you do need some way of allowing the gas fumes to escape. Many modern houses are not built with a functioning chimney flue now, and this won't prevent you from getting a gas fire – there are options open to you. You could go for a balanced flue gas fire instead. A balanced flue gas fire is a fire which is connected to the outside via a concentric flue which works by drawing the air for combustion in through the outer pipe, and the removal of the gases to the exterior takes place via the inner pipe.
What Style of Fireplace Should I Go For?
Of course, the style choice is entirely up to you and depends on the effect you want the fire to give and the interior of your home. There are three really important things to think about:
- Do you have the space for a fireplace?
- Where are you going to place your fireplace?
- Is your existing décor modern or traditional?
A lot of the brands we offer at Fireplaces and Stoves offer a wide variety of fireplaces to fit in a variety of spaces. Look at Gazco Fires, for example, they have a range of both modern and traditional styles to choose from. The Fusion Inset Gas Fire is ultra-modern for example and would look great in a contemporary room where there isn't a lot of space for example, whereas the Designio Inset Gas Fire gives a much more traditional look.
What am I Going to use the Fireplace For?
Now, this may seem like a silly question, but actually, it's not! Most people will say they want a fire in order to provide them with heat, whereas others may say for energy-efficiency reasons and also maybe just as a style statement. Of course, you may want it for all of the aforementioned reasons! Thinking about exactly why you want the fire, and what you are going to use it for will help you to narrow down your fireplace options and pinpoint the exact fire that is right for you.
Will I Still Like the Fireplace when it is not being used?
The majority of fires for sale have been designed not only to be practical but also stylish too, and they will create a beautiful focal point for any room. However, it is always wise to view your chosen fire when it is off so that you can ensure you still like it, because even in the wet and cold UK we don't have our fires on all the time.
Which is the most efficient type of Gas Fire?
This question is probably one of the first ones you should ask yourself when considering a gas fire, as you don't want your energy bills to go through the roof after your fire has been installed! Finding out exactly how efficient your gas fire is then, is a really important point. Balanced flue fires are one of the most energy-efficient types of fire, with some of them being about 90% efficient as they have low fuel consumption and are also completely sealed. They are usually available in two options – built into the wall or mounted on a hearth. We also have other energy efficient gas fire options as well, so just ask us the question when you are looking around.If you are thinking of purchasing a gas fire, or an electric fireplace, then Fireplaces & Stoves are the people to talk to. Our collections cover every style and type of fireplace, and we will work hard to make sure that the one you choose is the right option for you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the friendly team by calling 01704 566 611 or by visiting our showroom in Southport to learn more about our fires and having one installed in your home.