Gas heaters can come in a range of sizes, and are a choice when it comes to heating a room. They are less messy than a wood fire, can be more economical than a electric heater, and of course, are an option as long as there is a gas point in the desired room.
How Does A Gas Heater Work?
There are different types of gas heaters, from vertical wall units, through to small portable units. Both will require a gas point and an electrical point to be connected to.
The gas heater works by igniting natural gas in a burner inside the heater and then heating the surrounding air. Generally, there will be a fan or vent to circulate heat around the room.
Modern gas heaters will have a special connector point that needs to be plugged into the wall socket, however, you will want to follow a few steps before installing a gas heater.
If it is a larger unit and not a small portable unit that can be lifted, it is a good idea to call in a professional to help with the installation.
Steps To Follow Before Installing A Gas Heater
Check the requirements of the space you want to heat
A small space where you can close the door with standard ceilings will have different requirements compared to an open plan space with 30-course ceilings.
Your purchasing decision should take this into consideration. If you want to picture your family standing around a small heater to keep warm in winter, then a small heater will be fine, and might be cost-effective for the unit, but not really effective in heating your space, or managing your heating bill.
What Types Of Connections Do You Have?
Connecting natural gas can be quite expensive. LPG which comes in portable bottles can still be a solution; you will need to speak to a professional for either of these.
If you have fittings in your home already, then you will see what is called a “bayonet” connection” in the wall.
Choose Your Gas Heater Based On Your Requirements
The portable option is fairly easy to install. You will want to make sure that your bayonet point is free of dust, and that you can click your connector point in easily. There can be a little skill in doing this, so if you need, call a trade to help you.
If you are going for a gas heater that is a little more complex (say a gas fireplace, or fireplace look and feel), you will need a professional to do the connections for you.
If the gas heater solution is ducted, a professional will need to access the roof and do the complete installation.
Stay Toasty Warm & Remember To Service Your Gas Heater
Once you have decided on your heating solution, be sure to follow the recommendations of the appliance of choice where it comes to repairs and maintenance. It is important to ensure they are cleaned for safety purposes, and when they reach the end of their life, you can replace them with the right heating solution.
Remember, its best to get a professional gas fitter to service or help you with your gas heater requirements before winter turns up and you can be comfortable in your space with your family.