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Winter is coming. Have you considered gas heating?

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If you’re looking for a safe and affordable heating solution to make your home snug and warm this winter, you should consider gas.

Gas is a great low-cost way to heat your home and Master Plumbers have some handy tips to help you choose the best solution for your needs.

"There are many safe and effective gas heating options to choose from," says Master Plumbers CEO Greg Wallace. "Running costs can be lower for gas heating than other forms of heating, and this means your power bills will be lower too."

The best heating option will depend on the style and size of your home and how many rooms you want to heat.

"Your gasfitter can advise you on the best options to suit your home. But, the first thing you need to know when choosing a gas heater is the difference between flued and unflued gas heating," says Greg Wallace.

Flued heating options include gas wall heaters, gas fireplaces, gas ducted central heating and gas-fired hydronic central heating like radiators and underfloor heating.

"Flued gas heating has a flue, or a chimney, which moves all the combustion products outside. Modern direct vent technology goes one step further - protecting indoor air quality by actually drawing in fresh air for combustion as well as expelling combustion products via a flue within a flue. This also eliminates possible drafts within a room caused by air flowing to conventional chimneys and increases heating efficiency.

"Unflued gas heating has no flue, so combustion products can remain inside, and adequate ventilation is extremely important," says Greg Wallace. "Unflued heaters can be a great choice to quickly warm specific spaces such as the kitchen in the morning when there's no need to heat the lounge or the rest of the house. But they should never be used in small rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms. Your authorised gasfitter can advise you on how this type of heating can be safely installed."

Some unflued gas heaters connect to a bayonet fitting that provides the natural or LPG gas, so the heater stays in a fixed position. The bayonet makes them safer than truly portable gas heaters, such as LPG cabinet heaters, as they can’t be wheeled into a room where they shouldn’t be.

"LPG cabinet heaters have been banned in Canada, some US States and Australia. Master Plumbers would like to see them banned in New Zealand homes too, as although they may be cheap to buy upfront, the running costs are high and they pose serious risks to health and safety," says Greg Wallace.

Master Plumbers advises that all gas heating installations, repairs and servicing must be done by a qualified and authorised gasfitter. All gas heaters should also be serviced regularly, with most manufacturers recommending annual servicing.

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