Enjoy the Vibe of a Fire All Year with an Electric Fireplace
Fireplaces are popular home amenities, and an electric fireplace is one way to enjoy the cozy ambiance of home fires. With a masonry fireplace, spring means it’s time to close up the fireplace and chimney during the off season. For those with gas fireplaces, it’s recommended that the pilot light be shut off in spring, for safety reasons and to reduce costs. An electric fireplace, on the other hand, is perfect for all four seasons of the year, so there’s no need to miss out on the pleasure of fireplace vibes.
What is an Electric Fireplace?
An electric fireplace is a heater that runs on electricity and mimics a fireplace, whether it fakes burning wood, natural gas, or coal. These faux fireplaces create the effects of the real thing, and many models do a good job of it.
When you want to enjoy a simulated fire but you don’t want heat output from an electric fireplace, you can switch on the effects but not the heat.
How much Heat Output does an Electric Fireplace Have?
You get more heat from a modern electric fireplace than you can get from an outdated masonry fireplace. That’s because traditional fireplaces are tend to be inefficient. At least 90% of the heat goes up the chimney instead of into the home. With an electric heater, a full 100% of the heat warms the home. There’s no venting to allow heat to escape.
A room that’s about 10’ by 15’ can be heated with a 1500-watt electric fireplace, which is approximately equivalent to 5100 BTUs of heat output.
How Expensive is it to Operate an Electric Fireplace?
It is commonly believed that electric fireplaces are impractical because of the high cost of operating what amounts to being a floor heater or space heater. This is a misconception. Electric fireplaces literally cost only pennies per day.
What are the Benefits of an Electric Fireplace?
When a person wants to add the ambiance of a fireplace to their home, there is a fireplace for every budget. An electric fireplace is simply purchased and plugged in, to begin enjoying heat plus the unique atmosphere that only a fireplace can provide.
If you were going to add a zero-clearance wood-burning fireplace or wood stove, a chimney would be required. In addition, building code requirements would have to be met, so that combustible materials in the home would be protected from the heat.
Most certainly an electric fireplace is remarkably less expensive than adding a masonry fireplace and chimney.
How Realistic are Electric Fireplaces?
Electric fireplaces have grown more and more popular, and that has a lot to do with innovation and improvement in mimicking a fire. Depending on the brand and model, the faux flames of an electric fireplace can look amazingly realistic.
What is the Best Feature of Electric Fireplaces?
There’s one thing an electric fireplace does that no other type of fireplace can do, and that’s to provide ambiance without heat. When heat is wanted, there are usually fans that move the heat into the room, and an electric fireplace will do that, too. You have more options with this most convenient of all fireplaces.
You may have a masonry fireplace in your living room and an electric fireplace in your bedroom. For all of the fireplaces and wood stoves in your home with venting, you can call on the trusted chimney experts at Chimney Solutions. Call 770-255-1300 today.