Benefits of Gas Heaters
Many people opt to use gas heaters due to a number of reasons. Here are some of the benefits of inbuilt gas heaters:
- It is very easy and convenient to turn on a gas heater. Just click a switch, turn a thermostat dial or press a remote control button, and you can get the fire started, adjust the flames, and turn it off.
- Gas heaters are more efficient than wood heaters. It quickly heats up large spaces.
- There is minimal maintenance involved since there is no ash or soot that has to be cleaned up.
- Gas heating offers consistent and reliable warmth for homes.
- Gas heating costs less than the price of electric heating. Heating bills can be reduced by half.
- Most inbuilt gas heaters have child lock features which make it safe for the whole family.
- It has flexible installation options.
- It is soot-free and it is easier to control the flame.
Things to Consider before installing a gas heater
- Think about the type of heat output. Heaters transfer heat in three ways: by natural convection, fan-forced convection, or by radiation.
- Ask yourself why you are installing a gas heater. Is this the primary heating source in your home?
- You need a licensed gas fitter to install an inbuilt gas heater in your home. These licensed workers all have a gas fitter number which authorises them to carry out the gas fitting installation in a certain State.
- Australian states and territories need a licensed gas fitter for all types of home installations, both for LPG and natural gas. It is illegal to do unlicensed gas work.
Installing Inbuilt Gas Heaters
- Even if inbuilt gas heaters are relatively easy to install, you still need the help of a professional to ensure that all the safety requirements are complied with.
- Installing a gas heater should be in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, local regulations for gas fitting, municipal building codes, and the Australian Standard for Gas Installations, otherwise known as AS/NZS 5601.
- During installation, ensure that all minimum clearances to combustible materials are followed. There should be sufficient space for the proper operation and servicing of the inbuilt gas heater.
- Inbuilt units are usually installed against a false wall enclosure. Adding a mantelpiece is optional. The professional gas fitter inserts a flue through the roof. The flue is usually made of metal. Ensure that you also check the integrity of the flue operation.
- Inbuilt gas heaters must be installed on a flat level surface. Some of the materials used for flooring may be affected by the heat, so placing a mat in front of the heater is highly recommended.
Common sources of fuel used for inbuilt gas heaters
- LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) : This is a flammable mixture of various gases, typically consisting of propane or butane, both hydrocarbons. LPG can be transported and stored easily. LPG can be used for convection or radiant heating systems.
- Natural Gas : Natural Gas consists mainly of methane, which is the simplest hydrocarbon molecule. It is a type of fossil fuel and it is colourless.