Thinking about getting a new heat source for your home? Wall furnace heaters are a reliable, space-conscious, yet simple heating option. Wall furnace heaters have been around for a long time and are still popular options due to their many benefits.
Many of our clients are unaware of the various options in the market for heating their homes, and so here’s a guide to helping you understand wall furnace heaters, including wall furnace gas heaters.
What is a Wall Furnace Heater?
As the name says, wall furnaces are permanently mounted on the wall and are compact heating units, from which the heat permeates through vents in the wall or roof, without any ducting system to carry the heat.
The warmth of the wall furnace heaters is generated by burning fuels through combustion or with an electric heating element. The air inside a sealed chamber is heated, and the warm air is blown through the vents directly from the front of the heater into the room that needs heating.
One of the many benefits of wall furnace gas heaters in Melbourne is the absence of a duct system that is most often seen in standard HVAC furnace systems. Hence, this is no distribution of combustion gases, plus, the wall furnace heaters are relatively small in size compared to standard furnace systems. With no duct, the installation is easy, and wall furnace gas heaters are best suited to heating small open spaces.
The fuel-based wall furnace heaters use either the home’s natural gas line or an in-house stored propane gas tank. The electricity-based wall furnace heaters have an electric heating element that is heated to high temperatures using electricity, which in turn heats the air around.
Wall furnace heaters costs and factors to consider
As discussed, wall furnace gas heaters are best suited for small open spaces. The cost of a wall furnace ranges from $1500 to $2500, and the range is dependent on the size of the space, the heating capacity of the wall furnace heater and the heat source (gas, propane or electricity). Generally, the wall furnace heater’s cost works out to about half of the unit price of a standard, central forced-air furnace for a small space. Primarily due to quick and easy installation, as there is no need for duct system installation, no specialised venting is also necessary.
Although wall furnace gas heaters are suited to heating small open spaces, it isn’t for everyone. On the one hand, it depends on the natural flow of air for heating and doesn’t carry the warmth to the furthest corners of the room, especially if it’s a larger and not-so-well insulated room.
Wall furnace heaters safety measures
The recent advances in heating technology have rendered the wall furnace heaters highly safe when installed properly. However, all heating sources need to be handled safely and knowing how to maintain and mitigate problems will ensure that you have a hassle-free wall furnace gas heater.
- Trust only licensed professional installers to get the job done right when it comes to wall furnace gas heaters. Since gas-powered wall furnaces involve gas piping, they also risk a gas leak or carbon monoxide poisoning. Besides, council regulation may warrant the use of specific pipes or vent design and placement – which a registered and licensed Heating, Cooling professional will be highly well-versed with it.
- Ensure to have the system checked and inspected annually or before the start of winter to ensure that the system is functioning properly.
Wall furnace heaters repairs and services
The safety of modern wall furnaces is due to the complex system of computerised functions, timers, gauges. And when you experience problems or less than optimum heating from your wall furnace gas heaters, it is best to have a licensed specialist do a wall furnace service check and fix the issues.
Here are some common problems that you might encounter with wall furnace gas heaters in Melbourne:
- Pilot light problems
- Gas leaks
- Thermostat problems
- Banging noises
- And more
Periodic servicing of your wall furnace heater will help extend the life of your heater, minimise downtime and ensure safe operation at all times. Southside Plumbing Heating and Cooling proudly install a full range of Braemar products, including wall furnace heaters. Whether you know what you want or need help choosing the right solution, our friendly, experienced team is on-hand to help you make a sound decision.