All about Inbuilt Gas HeatersMay 9, 2018
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.