Energy bills, energy bills, energy bills. It seems like there’s little else on people’s lips at the moment, and for good reason. Gas and electricity prices are at their highest ever rates, making it increasingly difficult to affordably heat your home. However, one way you can keep your energy bills in check is by switching to a high-efficiency gas fire. Keep on reading to find out more…
What is a high efficiency gas fire?
A gas fire is just a gas fire, right?! Wrong.
In recent years manufacturers of fires have recognised the need to develop gas fires which are far more energy efficient, which has resulted in the launch of what are called (rather predictably), ‘high efficiency gas fires’.
High efficiency gas fires can boast an efficiency rating of as much as 90%. This means that of all the gas that is fed into the fire, 90% of it is converted into heat for your living room. That means only 10% of the gas energy is ‘wasted’.
This compares very favourably to older gas fires that would sometimes only be around 50% efficient.
How do you calculate the efficiency of a fireplace?
It’s generally a fairly straightforward process to work out the efficiency of a gas fireplace.
You simply need to know the amount of energy that a fire requires as an input, and the fire’s subsequent output. These inputs and outputs are normally given in kilowatts (kW).
Once you have these figures, you simply need to divide them, multiply the resulting figure by 100, and you’ll have the efficiency percentage of the fire.
Here at Direct Fireplaces, we understand that not everyone has the time to do this, so we’ve done the hard work for you.
When you’re looking at one of our fireplaces, just click on the ‘Specifications’ tab, and you’ll find the fire’s efficiency percentage within the drop-down table. Easy!
Guide – for more information, read our guide to calculating the efficiency of a fireplace.
Our best high-efficiency gas fires
With gas prices being as high as they are, switching from an older gas fire with an efficiency of around 50%, to a gas fire with an efficiency in the region of 80 to 90% can save you significant sums of money.
That being the case, if you’re thinking of upgrading your old gas fire in order to reap these savings, consider one of our high efficiency gas fires below.
Flare Design Fascia Mid Depth High Efficiency Gas Fire
Featuring a sleek, simple design, the Flare Design Fascia is an understated, yet elegant gas fire that’ll heat your living room whilst saving you money on your gas bills.
Suitable for both traditional class 1 chimneys, and more modern class 2 prefabricated chimneys, the Flare Design Fascia is the perfect option for traditional and contemporary homes alike.
With a 5-year guarantee and an efficiency of 82%, the Flare Design Fascia is the ideal choice for the value-minded consumer.
It’s also available in a range of different finishes, including: black, brass, chrome, and brushed steel. It’s also available with a range of control handles, including: standard handle (black), brass handle, chrome handle, or easy-grip handle (black).
Flavel Linear High Efficiency Gas Fire
With timeless looks, the Flavel Linear is the perfect gas fire for living rooms of all decors.
Its 3.4kW heat output and 84.3% efficiency, makes it the ideal gas fire for heating medium-sized living rooms, without breaking the bank.
Suitable for use with traditional and more modern chimneys, the Flavel Linear is also a highly-flexible fire, providing both radiant and convected heat – meaning your living room will feel warm within only a few minutes of turning the fire on.
The Flavel Linear is also available with two different fuel beds; coal, or pebbles. So, it’s easy to select the fuel bed that complements your room’s decor.
All in all, this is a brilliant, high-efficiency fireplace.
Valor Petrus Slimline Homeflame High Efficiency Gas Fire
With an efficiency of 89%, the Valor Petrus is the ideal gas fire if you’re looking to keep your gas bills to a minimum whilst keeping your living room warm and cosy.
With a heat output of 3.1kW, the Valor Petrus has more than enough output to warm up your living room on even the coldest of winter days.
Available in either a silver/chrome or black/chrome finish, the Valor Petrus’ understated and elegant design makes it suitable for use in contemporary-styled and traditionally-styled homes alike.
Gazco Logic HE Beat with Moulded Coals Conventional Flue Gas Fire
If you’re looking for a high-efficiency gas fire that stands out from the rest, then choose the Gazco Logic HE Beat.
With its heavy duty cast-iron construction, the Gazco Logic HE Beat is a particularly striking and arresting fire, which is sure to attract the attention of friends and family alike.
Its statement design makes a clear reference to the elegant, simple lines of the Art Deco period, whilst its moulded coals provide a realistic looking fuel bed, to further enhance the viewing experience.
The Gazco Logic HE Beat not only embraces traditional aesthetics, but modern technology too, with a fantastic 89% efficiency rating, meaning you’ll be able to heat your living room for less this winter. It’s also available in a remote control version.
Gazco Logic HE Winchester Polished with Moulded Coals Conventional Flue Gas Fire
Just because you want a high-efficiency gas fire doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice looks and style.
Take the Gazco Logic HE Winchester for example. This is an amazing looking fire thanks to its polished frontage.
This is a conventional flue gas fire, making it ideal for homes that have a traditional chimney – but are looking to upgrade to a much more efficient fireplace.
Talking of efficiency, the Gazco Logic HE Winchester has an incredible efficiency of 89%, making it supremely cost-effective.
That efficiency doesn’t come at the expense of heat output, either. The Gazco Logic HE Winchester has a heat output of 3.8kW, which is more than enough to keep medium sized living rooms toasty warm.
Finally, the Gazco Logic HE Winchester is available in two versions from Direct Fireplaces. Choose from either a traditional natural gas version, or an LPG version (if your home isn’t connected to the mains gas network).
Eko Fires 4015 High Efficiency Gas Fire
Designed with efficiency at the forefront of mind, the Eko Fires 4015 is a perfect example of Eko Fires’ commitment to creating some of the most efficient gas fires on the market.
The 4015 takes the form of a traditional inset gas fire, sitting within your chimney’s cavity, making it a sleek and subtle addition to any home.
This is complemented by a beautiful finish, with a large selection of trim options and fret options to pick from. This makes it easy to tailor the fire to perfectly match your home’s decor.
With a heat output of 4.0kW, the 4015 is also no slouch, providing the ideal amount of heat for medium to large sized living rooms.
The 4015 also makes use of Eko Fires’ FingerSlide technology, which means you turn the fire on and off, as well as vary the flame height between high and low, via a convenient lever on the side of the fire. Say goodbye to bending right down to operate your fire!
Direct Fireplaces: making buying fires online easy
Beat the energy crisis this winter by upgrading to a high efficiency gas fire.
As you can see, there are numerous options open to you. From traditional to contemporary, you’re bound to find a gas fire that’s perfect for you here at Direct Fireplaces.
And, once you’ve found your perfect fire, we make it easy to buy it online.
Not only do we offer FREE mainland UK delivery, but you can also benefit from 14-day no hassle returns. We also offer a range of finance options to help you spread the cost of your new fire (including 0% over 12 months).
Finally, if you need any support in selecting and buying a new fire, our friendly, expert sales team is here to help. You can contact them on 0161 516 4709 or at: [email protected].
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