Why A Gas Wall Furnace Is Right For You
For the coldest months, you want a heater which provides an unbeatable warmth. A gas wall furnace could be the answer.
Also known as a wall heater or space heater, gas wall furnaces barely take up any room. That’s because they sit on the wall and complement your room’s existing layout and furnishings.
You can enjoy a toasty, comfortable heat without compromising on space or functionality.
But before any big decisions are made you want to have the full picture. So, let’s cut to the chase and learn more about the wall heater.
What is a Gas Wall Furnace?
It’s all in the name. A gas wall furnace is a slim, wall-mounted heater. It’s perfect for small homes, apartments and living areas due to its compact size and efficiency.
The wall heater gained popularity in the 1950s as an alternative to radiators and portable space heaters. Now it’s a common feature in many homes and is still one of the best heating options on the market.
Because of the versatility in the size, you’ll find a wall heater suits all needs. Double sided models are also available, meaning two rooms can be heated from one unit. That’s a 2-for-1 heater, which is pretty handy.
The running costs are also a positive. Often a wall furnace is less expensive to use than ducted heating or alternative electric heaters, and the savings can add up fast.
How Does a Wall Heater Work?
There are two main types of wall heaters which work in slightly different ways.
Convection heaters heat and circulate air which has been drawn in from outside the home. Radiant heaters use the gas burner to heat an element, and the warmth does exactly what you think it does – radiates throughout the room.
Wall heaters typically work by drawing in external cold air, which is heated. The process is called convective heating, which is a term used for all heaters that use hot air as a source.
In both types of gas wall furnace, the heat spreads evenly and quickly. Often you can feel it working within a couple of minutes.
Another crucial piece of the puzzle is the flue, or vent. The flue safely removes carbon monoxide from the home, so you’re not put in harm’s way.
Unflued – or unvented – gas space heaters are available, although it’s always recommended to use them in well-ventilated rooms as a safety precaution.
What are the Benefits of a Gas Wall Furnace?
The benefits really depend on what you’re after. If you want a central system which can easily control heating throughout the whole house, you probably want ducted heating.
But if you’re looking to easily, efficiently – and subtly – heat a bedroom, bathroom or living space, the wall heater might just be perfect.
By drawing on air from outside the home, there’s always a fresh supply coming inside. The even spread of warmth also means you never feel like you’re sitting infront of an old heater blowing dry, dank air into your face.
There is no chance of tripping over a wall heater, either. Kids, animals and your clumsy best friend can all feel at ease!
When it comes to the wall furnace itself there are plenty of safety features, too. They include an easily adjustable thermostat, overheating safety switches and cool-to-touch outer panels.
Is Gas Heating Safe?
Like all gas appliances, there is some inherent risk with gas heating. But with professional installation and maintenance, those risks can be minimised.
Anything which requires a connection to natural gas should be installed by a licensed gas fitter. Likewise for every service and repair.
This is why you want a fully qualified gas fitter from Metropolitan Heating and Cooling.
Each of our technicians receives regular training, so they’re always up to date with the latest Australian safety standards and regulations.
When your wall furnace will not stay lit, or you just feel it’s time to upgrade your heating, Metropolitan can be there for you.
We’re available 24/7 to help you with any gas wall furnace needs!
Please note: This information is provided for advice purposes only. Regulations differ from state to state, so please consult your local authorities or an industry professional before proceeding with any work. See our Terms & Conditions here.
Published: 16 July 2020