Nowadays a very common question asked by customers tends to be “What is the difference between my old existing gas fire and a new one?”. Modern gas fires have come a long way in the past years, with newer features, enhanced control, greater safety and lower running costs (thanks to greater efficiency). The early 1980s gas fires were much more of a decorative feature than their modern equivalents.
There are many different pros and cons for each type of fire, but here are some of the benefits for the newer models:
- Modern gas fires come with greater control over the flames and the heat output than the older models, while being just as easy, if not easier, to use as the older models, including easier controls such as slide control, electronic ignition, remote control or touch controls.
- Enhanced safety on newer gas fires. With the stricter safety regulations on home appliances and improved development from manufacturers, modern gas fires come with more safety measures built into them, from more rigorous standards in manufacturer testing to flame safety devices that cut off the gas to the fire in the event of the pilot light going out.
- Improved choice. The fires come with a greater design choice and flexibility than previously available. There are now a much wider range of models including gas stoves, landscape gas fires and balanced flue fires that only need an external wall to vent to the outside of your house (As long as the outside is part of your property’s boundaries). It means that when changing or upgrading your gas fire, you don’talways need to do a like-for-like swap.
- Greater heat and comfort in newer gas fires, thanks to the advances made in the gas fire technology. With newer models that can provide a combination of radiant heat and convected heat instead of just radiant heat, not only are they much more efficient in their gas usage, but they also have a higher output on them (For example, the older decorative gas fires tended to be around 2.5kW compared to newer fires which can get up to and even above 4kW).
-More economical to run thanks to the improved efficiencies. The typical decorative gas fire from the 1980s with a heat output of 2.5kW and an efficiency of 25%, used for an average of 7 hours per day, 125 days per year would cost £315 per year at today’s gas prices (based on a standard variable tariff paid by direct debit*), and would have a 10kW heat input which means it would need an air vent. Meanwhile running a newer gas fire with a 3.85kW heat output and an 85% efficiency for the same period of time would cost £157.50, half the cost of a decorative gas fire. Which could mean an annual saving of over £150 - the fire would pay for itself in less than four years.
*Based on a standard variable tariff (direct debit) average price of 3.6p per kW/h, with an assumed usage of 7 hours per day, 125 days per year. Heat input on the decorative gas fire being 10kW and the heat input on a newer fire being 5kW.
For examples of different gas fire options from multiple manufacturers including Valor, Kinder, Global, Gazco, Legend, Drugasar, Bell Fires, Nuflame, and many others, please visit The Heating Centre instore.