Fireplaces

Gas Fireplaces: Pros and Cons

When it comes to a stove or fireplace, there are many options to consider. Whilst gas fireplaces are cleaner, they can give a bit of an artificial feel. Gas fireplaces have changed a lot since their introduction in the 1960’s, so to help you decide if they are right for you, here are a few pros and cons.

Pros

• Low running cost- using gas to heat your home is relatively cheap, cheaper than using electricity, and is less of a hassle than buying/storing logs.
• Good source of heat- gas fires can proved up to 6kW of heat output, about three times as much as electric fires.
• Efficiency- gas can be up to 90 percent efficient, depending on model.
• No need for a Chimney- you can get a ‘balanced flue’ fire which vents through an external wall or a flueless model.
• More realistic- most gas fires look more authentic than electric.

Cons

• Professional Installation Costs- installation requires a registered Gas Safe engineer.
• Expert Maintenance- the fireplace will need to be serviced annually for safety.
• Carbon Monoxide- a carbon monoxide detector will need to be present to detect gas leaks.
• Flue/Chimney Cleaning- unless the appliance is flueless, the flue/chimney will need cleaning twice a year.
• Less location options- many styles of gas fires need to be places within a chimney or against an outer wall for ventilation.