Updated: Aug 18, 2020
When purchasing a new fireplace, it is important that you know how to measure the safety for you and your family.
All Gas Fireplaces in South Africa need to go through a testing process, making them LPGSASA accredited for the users safety. If you are not sure, ask the manufacturer to provide you with proof of this.
Flueless Gas Fireplaces should include an ODS, or better known as an Oxygen Depletion System. This is a safety feature which cuts off the gas supply when oxygen levels drop past a certain point in your living area. The pilot flame will continue to burn any excess gas until you close the gas off completely.
While the size of your available cavity might be a specific size, the room size also plays a big role when choosing the perfect fireplace. Each fireplace has a specific energy output which caters for a maximum and minimum room size. Choosing a fireplace with too little energy output will not provide you with enough heat, whereas a fireplace with too much will lack sufficient ventilation.
Do your homework on how economical it will be to run your fireplace vs the amount of heat being delivered. Compare Vent-Free gas usage with Vented gas and other fuel options.
What is the guarantee being offered on
your preferred fireplace, and how easy will it be to receive after sales service and spares? This is certainly not a service you would hope to use, but it is a service that we sometimes will inevitably need. Make sure you pick a brand that will make this process as easy and painless as possible. Reviews are a great way to get the information you need.
Lastly, but certainly not least is aesthetics. A fireplace is often used as a centerpiece, and can set the ambiance of your entire living area. Make sure you choose something that showcases who you are, and enhances the overall mood in your home. Various options and textures are available to suit different styles.