All about Inbuilt Gas Heaters 

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. 

 

 

 

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