Another important change is the new flue systems that enable gas fires to be installed in previously inaccessible locations. Historically, gas fires could only be located in a chimneybreast or against an outside facing wall in order to have an external air connection.
Due to innovations such as the DRU PowerVent® system, architects and designers can now specify a gas fire to be placed in the centre of a room dividing wall, suspended from the ceiling or in loft conversions and home extensions. They can even be found in gardens!
This type of technology also makes it possible to install gas fires in high-rise apartments, hotels, restaurants, office receptions and many other commercial locations.
Electronic remote control systems have been used with gas fires for many years. They allow you to turn the fire on and off and regulate the room temperature from the comfort of your armchair. However, they have limited functionality that is being superseded by new technology as we can explain.
Most of today’s homes have a Wi-Fi network that we can use for TV viewing, online shopping, work, study and many other activities. In addition, we are now seeing the emergence of a whole host of clever devices for controlling everything from lighting and security to electricity and gas consumption. This has recently been given an even higher profile by the government’s smart metering programme.
DRU has made a significant contribution to this movement with the development of Eco Wave for a growing list of contemporary, balanced flue gas fires.
With Eco Wave, the fire has its own IP address that is recognised by the home Wi-Fi network. In fact, the Eco Wave App can control up to five separate gas fires around the home.