What is the consumption and output of a gas fire?

It is difficult to generalise about the consumption and output of a gas fire. The consumption is of course dependent on your heating requirements and the capacity of your gas fire or gas heater. If you always leave the fire on the highest setting, it obviously consumes more than a fire that burns on a low setting. Moreover, the capacity of the fire plays a role, as does the volume of the space that the fire needs to heat.

Determining the capacity of a gas fire

It is important to choose a gas fire that matches your needs in terms of capacity. First, you calculate the volume of the room you want to heat by multiplying the length, width and height of the room. Furthermore, you map how well insulated your home is. A well-insulated house needs less capacity than a house with poor insulation.

Well-insulated houses are fitted with double-glazing and roof, floor and wall insulation. We are describing a house with moderate or poor insulation with partial or no double glazing and minimal or no roof, floor and wall insulation. Is your home well insulated? Then follow line A in the graph below to determine the right capacity for your home. Is your home moderately to poorly insulated? Then follow line B or C in the graph. You can read off the required capacity on the left- hand side of the graph.

Does a gas fire provide sufficient heat?

As a rule, gas fires are not the most essential source of heat in a house, whereas this may be the case with a gas heater. In contrast to the past, contemporary gas fires have a high output and provide comfortable warmth. For an average-sized living room in a well-insulated house, a device with a capacity of only 3 to 4 kW is sufficient to heat the room.

In the DRU range you will find devices with capacities ranging from 3 kW to almost 15 kW. Because of the wide choice of models in terms of size and associated capacity within the range, DRU always has a fire that matches your living space in terms of capacity. A selection of DRU gas fires are also fitted with the unique Eco Wave system. Eco Wave gives you full control over the output of the fire. This means that you can also enjoy a beautiful and dynamic fire view on a low setting.

An indication of the average consumption of a gas fire

A gas fire with a capacity of +/- 7 kW consumes about 1 cubic metre of gas an hour when burning on full power. Consumption, therefore, depends on the number of hours that you leave the fire burning and whether you leave it on full power all the time. On average your fire burns about 4 hours per night, this times the current gasprice is your cost per night. This obviously depends on the gas prices of your individual gas supplier. Incidentally, this does not factor in the use of less central heating at these times, especially when you normally heat the living room.

Energy label gas fire or gas cache

Contemporary gas fires, like many other appliances, are classified using the familiar energy label. An energy label allows you to see at a glance the capacity and output of your intended fire or stove. This enables you to make an informed choice.

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