4 tips for buying an LPG heater

When the days start getting cooler, it’s a good time to make sure you’ve got the right heater to keep you cosy through winter. If you’re not too sure where to start when it comes to finding the right heater for your place, don’t worry. Here are a few tips so you know what to look for.

If you’re in the market to purchase a new heater, an LPG model is a good alternative to using natural gas. Because LPG is a portable fuel, it suits smaller spaces such as warehouse offices or mobile homes. It’s also a good choice when you need to install a heater quickly and with little fuss.

Remember, always choose LPG appliances that are approved as safe for use in Australia. Approved appliances will carry a safety certification label and number. Also, installations must always be done by a licensed gas fitter, and a certificate of compliance needs to be provided to you once the gas work is completed.

What should you consider before buying?

1. Room size

Select a heater that can cater for the size of the room you want to heat. Measure the space that needs heating, because this will help you choose a model with the right heating capacity. Take account of window size as this will also affect heat loss.

2. Weather

No one wants to install a heater and then find themselves too hot. Check with your installer that the model you’re considering is a good match for the weather you’re likely to see in the colder months.

3. Energy efficiency

Understand the energy efficiency of the heater you’re interested in. Heaters sold in Australia must display a rating from one to six stars to give you an idea of how they compare. The more stars, the more efficient the model. Remember, energy efficiency (or lack of) will influence its running costs.

4. Ventilation

There are two main categories of gas heaters, depending on how they are ventilated. 

A flued (or vented) heater is attached to a chimney system that allows fumes to be funnelled outdoors. Flued gas heaters are fixed in place and are designed for heating larger areas.

A non-flued (or unvented) heater is a portable system that plugs into a bayonet connection via a gas hose. The fumes from these heaters will be emitted where they are operate, so they must be used in well-ventilated areas in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s safety instructions. If you’re considering purchasing a non-flued gas heater, it’s important to check with your appliance retailer or gas fitter first. There are Australian standards that set requirements in relation to heater location, size and ventilation.

Non-flued heaters also cannot be installed in a bedroom, bathroom, toilet, sauna or spa room.

What types of LPG heaters are available?

Once you’ve determined the size and space you need heated, there’s a choice of different LPG heaters to get you warmed up.

1. Space heaters

  • Efficient and cost effective
  • Models can either offer radiant heat, convection heat or a combination
  •  Radiant models deliver warmth via direct radiation and are designed primarily to heat a limited area
  • Convection models provide fan-forced warmth to distribute heat more widely
  • Combination models offer the best of both worlds.

2. Wall furnaces

  • Designed to be recessed into a wall or installed onto the surface of a wall
  • Simple slimline styling
  • Generates evenly distributed fan-forced heat
  • All models provide dual room capacity.

3. Ducted central heating

  • The ultimate in winter comfort
  • Flexibility to heat your entire home or just selected areas via floor or ceiling outlets
  • Control the heat distribution, temperature and timing
  • Perfect for cooler climates.

4. Gas log fires

  • Enjoy the glowing warmth and engaging flicker of a log fire – all at the touch of a button 
  • No need to chop wood or clean out the grate.

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