Gas heaters are used as a heating device for indoor and outdoor areas. Gas heaters use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or natural gas. Gas heaters were first developed in the 1900s. They use the same concept as the Bunsen burner. The fire heats the air which eventually spreads by a convection method, making the room or building warmer. This is also the same principle patio heaters use.
Modern gas heaters today utilize radiant heating technology. This type of heating technology uses radiant energy from a heat source. Instead of directly heating the air by using a convection method, radiant heating uses radiant energy from a warm heat source. This can be like a room’s ceiling, floor or wall. This type of technology is commonly used for outdoor heaters.
Indoor gas heaters can be divided into two types. These are the non-flued and flued gas heaters. Flued gas heaters are built-in gas heaters. Although they are a little more expensive to build, flued gas heaters are more convenient to use. Flued gas heaters automatically take the gas outside. These types of heaters are recommended as room heaters for bedrooms and living rooms. They are normally built-in to the wall or can look like fireplace gas heaters.
Non-flued gas heaters are the portable gas heaters. They are a lot cheaper than the flued heaters and installation is simpler. When using non-flued gas heaters, make sure that the room has proper ventilation.
Safety should always be considered in using a gas heater. Proper installation of gas heaters is a must. Here are the best practices to install gas heaters.
- Before you start the installation or even buy a gas heater, first calculate the space you are trying to heat up. Once you know the details, you can head to the store or your computer to purchase a gas heater.
- Before you install the gas heater, read the instructions that came with the device. It is a good practice to know what you are doing and being sure about it.
- Once you are ready for installation, turn off or take out all devices that can cause fire like stoves or even lighters.
- Do not forget to turn the gas source off before installation. Gas is flammable and gas leaks can turn into serious damage.
- Inspect the gas duct. Make sure that it is clean and there are no holes for leaks.
- If you are installing a portable heater, place the gas heater properly in the location you want.
- Check your heater to see if it is turned off. If it is, connect the heater to the duct securely.
- If you are sure that you did a good job and everything is safe and all the pipes are tightly sealed, turn the gas on.
This step is easier for non-flued or portable gas heaters. If it is a flued gas heater, it is best to construct it according to the proper gas heater regulations. Whether you are trying to install a garage heater, a patio heater or an electronic heater it is best that you seek professional advice. You can also call your local fire department for fire safety regulations or you can check them out online.