Three Considerations for Converting a Fireplace to Gas


If you have a fireplace in your home, but you don’t want to burn wood, you can have it converted to gas. A gas insert can provide heat for your home and provide a certain ambience in your living area or bedroom. Before converting your fireplace, here are some things you should consider.

Does the Chimney Work?

If you want to convert an old fireplace, you need to determine whether you should install a gas or electric insert. If the chimney functions, then you can convert to gas because there will be a way to ventilate it. If the chimney is only for show, then you will need to go with an electric insert, as it doesn’t require venting.

Clean the Chimney

If you have decided to have gas installers in Hampshire get the fireplace ready for a gas insert and you are using the chimney for ventilation, have the chimney cleaned beforehand. A chimney can have a buildup of creosote in it, which can cause fires and destroy your home. By having the chimney inspected and cleaned, you can avoid any problems when you light the gas insert.

Enjoy the Warmth

A gas fireplace burns more efficiently than wood and provides more heat. Wood fireplaces tend to pull warm air from the house, which then gets pulled out the chimney. However, a gas insert is like a heater, so the room will be warmer when it is in use. Many inserts have adjustable flames, so you can control the amount of heat the gas insert provides.

A gas insert is initially more expensive than gas logs or electric inserts, but it generates more heat than the other options. It usually costs between £600 and £1,800 for a gas insert and installation from a Gas Safe engineer, but it will provide heat and ambience for your home.

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