When looking into adding a radiant gas fireplace to your home, you have probably run across the acronym “BTU” and wondered what it means. A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is simply a measurement defined by the amount of heat needed to raise a pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. Gas fireplaces and other appliances are rated in BTU’s/hr Input, which is used to define how much gas is consumed by a fire turned up to full capacity in one hour.
Determining the amount of heat you need from your fireplace depends on many factors, including how well-insulated your home happens to be, the size of the room you wish to heat, your climate, and the efficiency of your windows. In the winter, the average home requirement was somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 BTU/hr. We have a helpful BTU calculator to help you determine your own needs.
For more information on BTU’s and radiant gas fireplaces, be sure to read through our FAQ or give us a call at 877-253-9485. We’d love to help you through the process of discovering what you need out of a radiant gas fireplace!