Gas fires are a popular way of heating specific rooms in a home, whether used instead of central heating or in addition to it. Traditionally gas fires have relied on a flue to take harmful waste gases from the combustion process and deposit them outside. However flueless gas fires have been growing in popularity in recent years. We find some people are sceptical about the idea of a gas fire with no flue, worrying that this can’t be safe. In fact, flueless gas fires are actually one of the safest types of fire as well as having a number of other benefits. Are you clueless about flueless? Well, let us fill you in.
One of the best things about flueless gas fires is that they are relatively easy to fit and can be used just about anywhere. Because you don’t need to have a flue installed they can go in virtually any position in any room of your house. Being relatively light and compact, they can be wall mounted or installed into a wall recess such as an old fireplace.
All you need is to have an air vent installed to allow fresh air to circulate and a gas supply fitted and your new fire will be ready to go.
Gas is one of the cheapest options for running your home heating and gas fires are no exception. By comparison, electric fires are usually around three to four times more expensive to run.
Flueless gas fires are generally much more efficient than traditional versions, which are often convert only around 70% of the fuel they burn into heat for your home. Flueless fires, however, are 100% efficient with all the energy from the gas they used being converted into usable heat. This makes them both cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly.
All flueless gas fires sold in the UK must conform to very strict regulations for safety. Their emissions are very low, typically emitting in the region of just 3 parts per million (ppm) of carbon monoxide (CO) in their exhaust. The air vents that should be installed alongside your fire will then allow even these small amount of CO to dissipate.
By Law your fire must also be fitted with an an Oxygen Depletion System (ODS). This monitors oxygen levels in the room where you have your fire and if the levels begin to drop, the ODS will turn the fire off until the issue is resolved.
Legally, an ODS system must only allow an increase of carbon monoxide levels up to 80ppm before it kicks in and switches off the fire. In practice most systems are set to kick in at much lower levels than this while the generally accepted concentration at which CO becomes dangerous is 800ppm or higher. This means your flueless fire should turn off long before any health risk is posed.
DHS use only Gas Safe registered heating engineers and have been operating in the south west for over 40 years. So, if you are looking for someone to supply and install a flueless gas fire in Bristol or the surrounding area, please get in touch.