12 Jan 2023 | Heaters

Gas heating options for your master bedroom

Do you need a new gas fireplace Sydney in your master bedroom? If so, you are probably wondering what the best gas fireplace solution for your master bedroom is.

There are 4 main decisions to make when choosing a gas fireplace Sydney for your home.

  • Do you choose a flued heater or an unflued (portable) heater?
  • Do you want radiant heat or convective heat?
  • What size heater do you need?
  • What size heater do you need?

Portable gas heaters are energy efficient and require no installation if you already have a bayonet fitting in the room. This type of heater does emit some combustion gasses and should NOT be used in the bedroom or other small rooms.

Radiant style heaters warm you like the sun, and in the master bedroom they will generally just warm the people or objects positioned in front of the unit. They are generally cheap to run, but the heat can be uneven with most of the warmth felt only when at the front of the heater.

Convection heaters warm the room by using convection or air movement. Along with the gas burner, they use a fan to help distribute the heat more evenly around the room. The advantages of this style of heater are they often have more advanced features such as timers and remote controls, thermostat controls and have a sleek appearance. On the down-side they also need an electrical connection to power the fan.

Flued indoor gas fireplaces Sydney offer the warmth of heating your bedroom without the indoor combustion emissions. The term *Flued* refers to the fact that the gases generated when the gas is burnt is directed out of your home using a fixed pipe through the wall or ceiling. Traditional draft flues go straight up through your roof.

A powered flue gives you more design options as the exhaust gas is fan forced horizontally or vertically depending on the model of fireplace chosen. Other possibilities include 90degree bends and the allowable flue length may also be longer to allow for wall outlets and roof exhausts.

In a convection gas fireplace, the air that is used for the combustion process is drawn from within the room. Flued heaters are also available as direct vent or balanced flue models where the combustion air is drawn from outside, this means there are less draughts and the fireplace is unaffected due to the closed door. The amount drawn into the heater is balanced with the exhaust sent out.

What size heater do I need?

If you buy a heater that is too small it won’t be able to adequately heat the room, if it is too large it will cost you extra money and over-sizing your heater can be unsafe. When determining the size of your heater consider:

  • The volume of the area to be heated including the height of the ceiling
  • The climate you live in
  • The features of your home including wall and ceiling insulation and floor and window coverings.

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