Few things are better than curling up in front of a warm fire on a cold winter’s evening. Your Wirral home’s gas fire does so much more than just create a beautiful ambience or even a romantic setting. Your fireplace plays an essential role in heating your Wirral home.
Today, millions of UK households use gas fires or stoves as attractive additions to their home’s central heating system. After all, gas is significantly cheaper than electricity at the moment, making it a cost-effective way to heat your home.
But choosing the right gas fire or stove is not easy. Here is a simple guide to help you buy the best gas fire for your Wirral home.
Which Type of Chimney or Flue Does Your Wirral Home Have?
Before you can go shopping for different gas fires or stoves, you must find out which type of chimney or flue you have, as this determines which gas fire installation will be compatible with your property. Most Wirral properties either have a traditional chimney, a pre-cast flue, or a pre-fabricated flue.
Homes that don’t have a chimney or flue don’t have to be left out in the cold. Luckily, there is a wide range of flueless gas fires for you to choose from.
Homeowners can also purchase ‘balanced flue’ appliances that come with their own flues. Balanced flue appliances are vented through external walls and must be placed against an external-facing wall, which could limit your options when it comes to positioning your fireplace or stove.
It’s essential to correctly identify the type of chimney or flue you have. If you don’t, it could lead to buying a gas fire that simply won’t work within your property. To prevent wasting time and money, you should consult a professional gas fire installation company, such as Wirral Plumbers, who can help you choose the right gas fire or stove for your home.
Which Type of Wirral Gas Fire Should You Choose?
Your gas fire can be installed as an inset or outset model. Inset models are placed within your wall, while outset models sit proud of your walls.
Inset and outset models come with their own benefits and advantages. For example, inset models are ideal for homeowners looking for a contemporary look and space-saving features. On the other hand, outset models can release more heat into a room because they are placed on the hearth itself.
You can also choose between a glass-fronted or open-front gas fire. Glass-fronted models are generally more efficient because they are enclosed with glass, allowing for heat to be concentrated.
Although they’ll heat your room more efficiently, glass-fronted gas fires can involve more maintenance as you’ll need to remove and clean the glass every now and again to ensure that it remains looking as it should. By contrast, open-fronted fires are less efficient than glass-fronted gas fires and could end up costing you more in running costs over the years.
Do You Have the Right Output for Your Wirral Gas Fire?
Your gas fire will only heat your home efficiently if installed correctly and has the correct output. If the output is too high, you run the risk of wasting money as you’ll be forced to run it at lower, less efficient temperatures. If the output is too low, your gas fire won’t keep you warm.
A professional Gas Safe engineer in Wirral can help you calculate what the most appropriate output for your fireplace should be. They will consider the size of your home, the level of insulation you have and the size of your windows to determine what wattage you will need to adequately heat your home.
Why Choose Wirral Plumbers for Your Gas Fire Needs?
Choosing a gas fire that looks good and heats your home properly can be difficult. The last thing you want is to purchase and install a gas fire that doesn’t meet your expectations. Consulting with a professional, experienced, and accredited gas fire installation company will help you save time and money in both the short-term and long run.
Wirral Plumbers have over 20 years of experience in installing gas fires across Wirral, Chester and Liverpool. We are Gas Safe registered, ensuring that every job our experienced engineers complete is of the highest quality. Our commercial and residential clients trust us to provide efficient and safe gas fire repairs, maintenance and installations, and we can do the same for you.
Are you uncertain about which gas fire installation is suitable for your Wirral property? Contact us today at 0758 0395 493 or email us at email@example.com, and we will happily run you through the gas fire installation process.