Thinking of installing an electric fireplace? Good decision. There’s a reason (in fact, there are many) why electric fireplaces are popular among household heating appliances. Today, more and more homeowners are choosing them over traditional fireplaces.
Well, in this article, we’ll provide you with not one but 11 reasons why installing an electric fireplace is a good idea. Moreover, if you have queries regarding electric fireplaces, we’ll delve into all of them too.
Is an electric fireplace expensive? Does an electric fireplace heat well? What are the benefits of an electric fireplace? All of these will be answered here. But, first, let’s take up the most important question for first-time homeowners.
What is an electric fireplace?
An electric fireplace is a room fixture which is a convenient way to heat up your home or certain rooms. It can heat up areas of more than 400 square feet!
The best feature of an electric furnace is that it looks more like a traditional fireplace (or a wood stove) and yet is not as messy. It adds immensely to the aesthetic of your room.
You just have to switch it on, set the thermostat, sit back, and relax.
DO NOT confuse such fireplaces with electric room heaters or space heaters.
Electric fireplaces are usually larger, bulkier, and long-lasting.
Let’s explore some really good benefits of buying an electric fireplace
1. There’s zero smoke
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The most important reason why electric heating is a good option, especially if you’re sharing living quarters or stay in condos and apartments, is that there are no harmful fumes.
Electric fireplaces have zero emissions and no hazardous byproducts. Since there’s no combustion, those who have smoke allergies or medical conditions such as asthma can heave a sigh of relief. And, it doesn’t reduce your house’s air quality in any way.
In contrast, traditional wood-burning fireplaces release dangerous fumes, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, into your home. These can be carcinogenic and harmful for your family members and pets.
With electric fireplaces, there is no harmful smoke, no smoky odors seeping into your carpets, couches, clothing, or beds. In case you’re worried about such fireplaces drying out the air, you can use electric fireplaces that use infrared heat. These work extra hard to maintain the natural humidity of a space.
2. It’s energy-efficient
An electric fireplace is completely efficient as all the electricity input converts to heat energy. It heats a home faster and more efficiently than a wood-burning fireplace which lets the heat out through the chimney. The Environmental Protection Agency believes that not choosing the right kind of fireplace may make you lose up to 90 percent of the fire’s heat out of the chimney.
With an electric fireplace, your space warms up quickly and stays that way throughout its use.
Another crucial fact to remember is that there’s no deforestation involved in running an electric fireplace, you can enjoy the warmth without disturbing the ecosystem.
3. It involves a simple installation
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You can choose a fireplace design or size that will comfortably fit in your living room without reducing any space for movement. You may either opt for a fireplace that sits on the floor or a wall-mounted one for a more flush look. Either way, its installation is simple.
Trust us, it’s a lot easier than installing a heat pump or gas fireplace insert. A wood-burning and gas fireplace installation is costly, time-consuming, and a hassle.
If you’re buying a freestanding electric fireplace, you don’t even have to assemble or install it. Just place it in a suitable space, plug in the power cord, and start enjoying the flame. In case you’re planning to have one recessed into the wall, you may consider hiring a professional to help you along the way.
4. It has a low initial cost
Electric fireplaces are really affordable. In fact, they are the least expensive of all fireplaces. Plus, you don’t have to worry about any setup requirements. For instance, it won’t require a chimney or any other piping work. So, no expensive and tedious chimney cleaning or chimney inspection for you!
With no installation fees, no extra material cost, you end up saving a considerable amount of money on your home renovation costs. When it comes to a traditional wood-burning fireplace, your installation cost can be anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000. A gas fireplace will cost you approximately $2,500 for basic materials. Add another $2,500 for the installation and finishing. And, yes, did we forget to mention the annual service checks costing $100 to $200? Well, you save all of this when you decide to buy an electric fireplace.
The energy efficiency of electric fireplaces also makes them more cost-efficient — reducing your energy bills (up to 10%) in the long run. Since an electric fireplace provides supplemental zone heating, it allows you to lower the overall temperature of your house by 10 to 15 degrees.
5. It saves space
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Whether you live in a mansion or an apartment, placing a free-standing electric fireplace is not difficult. It simply doesn’t take too much space. For a wall-mounted electric fireplace, you’ll only require about 1 to 10 inches.
An electric fireplace is a boon for renters or those having limited square footage in their condo. Such an appliance is suitable even for recreational vehicles aka RVs!
Why should only large houses have all the fun? In this case, the warmth and ambiance of a crackling fireplace.
6. It’s semi-portable
Here’s another feature that benefits those who’re always on the move or occupy different rooms at different times of the year. An electric fireplace doesn’t occupy a permanent spot in your home. Although such an appliance is large (and sometimes bulky) moving it between rooms or around a certain room is not difficult.
As long as there’s a power outlet, you can install an electric fireplace anywhere. Even in your basement!
7. It doesn’t require much maintenance
You can enjoy the warmth of an electric fireplace, even more, when you don’t have to worry about its maintenance. There’s little or almost no effort required. Zero ash, soot, or chimney cleaning. And, most importantly, no more chopping or storing logs.
An electric fireplace just lights up at the turn of a switch — saving you from going down on your hands and knees to light or tend to the fire. With modern electric fireplaces, you can just sit back and use the remote control to operate the fireplace from across the room.
8. An electric fireplace is safe
Although such a fireplace can produce enough heat to warm a room of 400 square feet and more, it will always remain cool to the touch. You don’t have to deal with hot metal casings. If you have kids or pets at home, fireplace safety is not an issue anymore.
Furthermore, most modern fireplaces come with automatic overheat protection — reducing the risk of fires from overheating. It automatically shuts off the unit in case it detects unsafe conditions.
You can look up other safety features to monitor the temperature — both of the electric fireplace and its plug.
9. It can be used all-year-round
Don’t want the heat of a fireplace but only the flame effect? An electric fireplace is your go-to appliance. There’s an option to use it with or without heat. Just enjoy its cozy glow without being hit by its blasting heat. Even during summers!
It’s the perfect way to experience the ambiance of a gentle rolling fire in all seasons. Set the right mood for any occasion, in any room, throughout the year.
10. It has a longer lifespan
Interestingly, electric fireplaces have a longer lifespan vis-a-vis their wood-burning and gas-burning counterparts. The reason is simple. Because an electric fireplace is not a combustible energy resource, it’s not susceptible to rusting and corrosion.
You can continue using one for several years and it would still look new and stylish.
11. It’s available in a wide variety of styles and designs
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From traditional, rustic, classical to minimalistic, sleek, modern, and contemporary — electric fireplaces come in a plethora of styles, sizes, materials, colors, and designs. You can match your fireplace to your home decor or any architectural style.
Additionally, you can customize settings such as brightness, flame speed, and even flame color to suit your style or mood. Isn’t that cool?
Some fireplace models are structured into beautiful mantels and media consoles — giving you extra storage. The overall look is very stylish.
Are electric fireplaces worth it? Totally! As we’ve learned, they can heat a room faster and more efficiently. And most importantly, they’re safe to use.
We hope you’re convinced about buying these cost-effective heaters. If not yet, ask all your friends who already own this piece of magic. We’re sure they love their choice. And, so will you!
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