Are you thinking about adding a heat source to your home or upgrading your current fireplace unit? It can be challenging to find a fireplace that has everything you want while also matching the aesthetic of your home.
Here are some of the many advantages of electric fireplaces over other types of fireplaces:
1. Electric Fireplaces Are Efficient
Electric fireplaces are much more energy efficient than their traditional counterparts. They use less fuel, and because no venting is required the heat comes directly from the unit and into your living space.
When buying your unit, you can pick one that will produce anywhere from 4,000-9,000 BTUs (200-500 SQ FT) to heat your desired space. Since the unit can be turned on and off at will, you have much better control over the temperature and comfort level of your home than you would with a wood-burning fireplace.
2. Electric Fireplaces Are Safer for You and Your Home
Since electric fireplaces are powered by electricity, there is no real flame within the unit. The glass on the front is designed to stay cool while the unit is running, which negates the danger of anyone burning themselves.
The units also tend to be smaller and more compact. Electric wall units have less protrusion out into the room than traditional fireplaces, which reduces the risk of tripping or bumping into them. These safety features make them safer for children, pets, and anyone else in the household.
3. They’re Environmentally Friendly
If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, an electric fireplace is a good way to go. The units use less energy to run, and since there is no combustion, no carbon monoxide fumes are released into your home. In fact, there are no emissions at all!
This lack of emissions, coupled with the fact that an electric unit uses less energy compared to other models, allows electric fireplace owners to reduce their environmental impact and save money on energy bills as well.
4. Electric Fireplaces Are More Affordable
Installing an electric fireplace is usually cheaper than installing a wood or gas fireplace. Since the units don’t need to be connected to chimneys or vents, they can fit into almost any room or area of your home.
Any construction is usually minimal, saving you money on installation costs. In addition, an electric fireplace’s energy efficiency results in a lower operating cost, so buying one can save you money on your monthly bills.
5. They Give You More Design Options
With electric fireplaces, you get the unique opportunity to choose the design you want! From where to mount the fireplace to the exterior design and the mantle, the possibilities are endless. If you want to have a magazine-worthy shiplap fireplace surround, or just want to put your TV above your fireplace, you can safely do that with an electric unit.
Whether you want your fireplace to fit the aesthetics of your home or complement your unique style, there are many customizable options to choose from. Design options include traditional, modern, minimalist, ornate, and more.
There are many reasons to buy an electric fireplace, from affordability to efficiency to being better for the environment. These units can be a great heat source for Pacific Northwest homes.
At Four Day Fireplace, we have many options for our customers to choose from. Check out our recent post on electric fireplace designs for more ideas.