Gas Fireplace Installation Cost
Gas fireplaces are a sophisticated and energy-efficient way to heat a room in your home. Gas Fireplaces are easier to install than wood-burning options, cost less to run and are significantly easier to maintain. This makes a gas fireplace an excellent option for homeowners who would like to retrofit a fireplace into a room that doesn’t currently have one.
Gas fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular due to their many positive features and advantages, they also have a few disadvantages. Both need to be considered carefully before making your decision. The advantages include a wide range of finish options and a fireplace to suit every room; they produce real flames; they are low maintenance; they are energy efficient; and are easy to install and no chimney is needed. The disadvantages include the glass doors becoming very hot; a carbon monoxide risk with gas; it does not sound or smell like a wood fire, and some models may deplete oxygen.
There are several factors that influence the cost of installation listed here, they need to be considered carefully. Saving on the cost of installation means you might be able to buy a better unit.
There are many options for finishes to your fireplace, these will affect the cost of the unit and price of installation. The surround is what makes the fireplace part of the room, options include tile, brick, wood and stone.
Gas fireplaces also come with two different ventilation options, these will also affect the cost of the unit and installation. The first type is a direct-vent fireplace, which requires that the fireplace is located on an outside wall to allow for a chimney. This allows the byproducts of burning gas to exit naturally, and fresh air is brought in with very little risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Ventless models can be installed anywhere, as they do not have a chimney to vent outside. This model can deplete the room of oxygen but has a safety function to turn the fire off if this happens.
A gas line installation may be an additional cost if you do not have an existing connection to the house and do not currently use gas for cooking or heating water. When it comes to running costs for the fireplace, LPG is more expensive than natural gas.
The specialised work involved in installation means labour to install a gas fireplace will be high, it requires a gas fitter, electrician or builder (depending on the installation). The ventilation of the gas fireplace will also determine the cost of labour as the direct-vent option requires a chimney installation.
The maintenance requirements also determine the ongoing running costs of a gas fireplace. Other than minimal inspections and cleaning, no major maintenance is required. This keeps the running costs of a gas fire low and limited to gas usage.
It’s important to settle on your budget prior to installing a gas fireplace, taking great care to consider the factors listed here carefully. Look for a retailer who can project manage the entire build from purchase to installation, this will save you time and money. If you have a tight budget, buy the best fire you can and compromise on the installation, a high-quality fireplace will last a lot longer and save you money long term. You can always change or add finished down the line as money becomes available.
Gas fires have come a long way, they now support more features such as versatile installation options; intelligent smartphone control; high performance with ambience and sophistication; and energy-efficient. Some retailers who provide a project management service offer design consultancy services such as colour and finishes consults; furniture sourcing and design; soft furnishings; and window treatments. These services allow you to save money and blend the gas fireplace into your existing room seamlessly.
Regency Plumbing has decades of experience installing Rinnai Gas fireplaces and we recommend the Rinnai Evolve 952. It can be installed in almost any room and can heat rooms up to 125 square metres. It’s operated via remote control and has a heat output of 2.4kW – 8.1kW. It has a staggering energy efficiency rating of 86% which makes it’s running costs anywhere from $0.46 – $1.57 per hour for LPG, or $0.36 – $1.21 per hour for natural gas. Regency plumbing is currently offering to install the Rinnai Evolve 952 for just $8,687 which includes the gas fire, fascia, direct flue kit and all the gasfitting and electrical work. Get in touch with us to take advantage of this amazing offer.