The suitable power and efficiency of your gas fire
When you have determined the location of the gas fire in the house, the power and consumption of a gas fire is the next point of attention. Often a fireplace with a high efficiency and high power is chosen. As a consumer, you may think that a fire with high efficiency and high power is by definition better and heats the room faster, but a fire with too high power heats the surrounding space too quickly.
The importance of the right return and power
The efficiency of the fire indicates what percentage of the energy released during the combustion of the gas is converted into heat. For efficiency, the higher the efficiency, the more economical the fire is. If you buy a gas fire with a high efficiency, you save on both fuel costs and the environment. So it is advisable in all cases to buy a gas fire with a high efficiency.
However, if the power of your fire is too high, the room will quickly become too hot. As a result, you are soon forced to turn the fire low or even off and you no longer enjoy the flames. In addition, a high-power fire cannot optimally dissipate heat. It is therefore important to buy a gas fire or gas stove that fits well with the room you heat in terms of power.
Determining the correct power of a gas fire
Which capital you need in your specific living situation depends on a number of factors. It depends, among other things, on the content of the room to be heated and the extent to which your home / room itself is insulated.
1. Determine the content of the room
You determine the content by calculating the content of the room. You can easily do this by multiplying the length, width and height of the room and thus calculating the cubic meters of content.
2. Map the degree of isolation
In addition to the content of the room, the degree of insulation also affects the required power. We adhere to the following guidelines:
A - Gas fire power in well-insulated homes
Is your home equipped with good insulation, such as roof insulation, floor and / or cavity wall insulation, or double glazing? This is usually the case with recent new-build homes or homes that have been professionally renovated and insulated not so long ago. With such a home, the red line (A) applies when determining the required power of your fire.
B - Gas fire power in moderately insulated homes
Is your home equipped with insulation, but for example a bit older? Do you have double glazing, but do you only have basic wall and floor insulation? Then you can keep the orange line (B) when determining the required power. You can of course also choose to insulate the house better first and then purchase a fire with a lower power, this ultimately saves heating costs.
C - Gas fire power in poorly insulated homes
Is your home poorly insulated and do you not have double glazing? Then follow line C when determining the right power for your gas fire. Keep in mind that if you have your home better insulated in the future, you may have a fire that provides too much power.