Helpful Tips When Buying a Gas Heater

There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re looking to buy a gas heater.

Gas heater buying tips:

  • The room size and climate. When selecting a gas heater it is important to consider not only the size of the room that you want to heat, but also the local climate. These will both have an impact on the size of the gas heater that you will require. If you live in a cooler climate, you’ll likely need a larger heater to keep you warm. But for a warmer climate you’ll only need a relatively small heater.

  • Do you need a flue? This is probably the most important consideration when looking for a gas heater. There are certain restrictions on the rooms in which gas heaters can be used without a flue, including bedrooms, bathrooms, or other spaces with poor ventilation. In these instances an electric heater is probably better suited to your needs. If it is possible a flued gas heater is the better way to go; it will vent out any harmful fumes, and you can place them in areas otherwise restricted. Just keep in mind that there will be an additional cost for installation.

  • Options for unflued gas heaters. If you’re restricted by the space and aren’t able to install a flued gas heater, you’ve got two main options: convection or radiant-convection heaters. Convection heaters use the movement of the air combined with built-in fans to circulate the warmth around the room. They will often have thermostats, making it easy to achieve your desired temperature. Radiant-convection heaters on the other hand use an exposed area to radiate heat into the room. They are much simpler than convection heaters, meaning that they are also often cheaper, however you won’t have the same level of control as they often don’t have a thermostat.

  • Selecting the best gas type. Each gas heater will be manufactured to operate with a particular type of gas, either LGP or natural gas. This is because there are differences in the energy content and required oxygen to gas ratio for the use of each type of gas. Using a gas appliance that is manufactured for the incorrect type of gas can be extremely dangerous, so it is important to check what type of has you have at home before choosing a heater. Sometimes conversion is possible, however this is not always available depending on the model, so it is best to buy one that suits your home.

If you’re looking to purchase a new gas heater, get in touch with us today at one of our three Gold Coast stores and speak to one of our friendly staff. Or visit us at our newonline store for added convenience.

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