Gas fires have evolved in both efficiency, design and popularity in recent years. Put in simple terms, gas is clean, convenient and cheap, which is a huge attraction for UK households, when they are looking to heat their homes.
With the increase in gas prices recently, and the ongoing price cap issues (which are going to get worse come October) maybe now is the time to invest in a new, efficient gas fire.
A modern gas fire, such as those found in the Charlton & Jenrick range produces efficiency levels of upwards of 90%. This is a huge improvement when you compare to let’s say a 30-year-old gas fire, which may have an efficiency level that is closer to 40%. Yes, there are homes which still run very old gas fires – many of which are probably totally unaware of how much the fire is costing them.
Gas stoves found in our range are a relatively new design, which has come to market in the last few years. In some aspects, they give the look and feel of a wood-burning stove, but without the work needed to clean it and reload wood.
Gas Fires – A Coser Study…
Gas fires have a number of benefits including:
Efficiency – Natural gas is still currently the lowest cost fuel when it comes to comparing kW usage. It is cheaper than electricity, being able to heat a room with less energy demand.
Hassle-Free – Gas fires are considered hassle-free, when compared to burning wood. While a gas stove generally can’t compare to the satisfaction of burning wood, for those that don’t have the time or inclination – gas (in the form of a gas stove, if one so desires) is the perfect solution.
Smoke Control Areas – Many parts of the UK do not allow burning wood, except for those on specific appliances (such as those found in the Charlton & Jenrick range), and only if you burn the correct type of fuel. A gas fire is not subject to any smoke control rules, which can be appealing depending on where you live. You can learn more about smoke control areas here.
Lower Your Carbon Footprint – Gas emits less CO2 per kWh than electricity, especially so at peak times, such as early evening and in winter. While electric fires can be high efficiency, the nature of gas means you need less energy to heat a room.
Controlling Your Heating – The controllability of gas easily allows you to adjust your heating and warmth in a home – equally so with electricity too, but leaps and bounds ahead of burning wood, where temperature control is not as responsive. Having said that – this is easily forgiven for those that have a specific love and interest for wood burning stoves.
Gas Safety – Despite the benefits of gas, there is a number of safety considerations you should always be aware of. A gas fire should be serviced regularly. Also, there is always a risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning if your appliance becomes faulty, or is not serviced regularly, which you should be aware of.
Despite these points, gas is still considered a great way to heat a home. It’s clean, efficient and cheap. But that’s not to say there are other heating types, which also offer a vast array of benefits. The ideal heating source for your home is a choice only you can decide.