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A Guide to Convert Wood and Gas to Electric Fireplace Heaters

Fireplaces provide much more than just heat for your home. They add an ambiance, a sense of comfort and a hearth to be shared with family and friends throughout the winter months. Curling up by the fire can be romantic, and nothing beats a fireplace for removing the winter chill from a room. At the same time, a wood fireplace requires that ashes be removed regularly and the smoke adds to our air pollution problems. Gas fireplaces require pilot light maintenance and there is always the risk of gas leaks. In both cases, your fireplace goes unused throughout most of the year.

Wood Fireplaces Make Your House a Home

The sound of a wood fire crackling away in the fireplace brings to mind feelings of comfort and security, as they have throughout the ages. There is just something primal about sitting around a fire with family and friends that brings us all closer together. At the same time, building a wood fire means buying and storing the lumber somewhere near your home, which can also mean attracting insects. If you fail to cover your wood and it gets wet, you have to go without a fire until the wood dries. There are other downsides to caring for your wood fireplace, as well.

Flue and chimney maintenance can be messy and expensive. Failing to provide this necessary maintenance can lead to smoke filled rooms or even worse a house fire. Even if you pay for this maintenance, you must still remove the ashes from the fireplace rather frequently and the smoke that looks so charming rising from the chimney top is a source of air pollution that we can hardly afford in these days of environmental awareness and responsibility.

Gas Fireplaces Look Great

Instead of dealing with the log storage, ash removal, and smoke emissions that come with a wood fireplace, you may have a gas fireplace. Gas fireplaces provide clean, convenient heat at the touch of a button. The delightful flames and intense heat are still there to enjoy throughout the winter months, warming both you and your home. However, there are maintenance issues to deal with to keep your gas fireplace safe and operational. The pilot light must be maintained and there are always concerns about gas leaks and venting issues.

Gas fireplaces cost more to operate and they frequently produce too much heat in too small of an area. Fans can be installed, but they frequently just push the heat up your chimney to be lost to the atmosphere. While gas fireplaces provide the ambiance and the heat we want from a fireplace, there is an even better option: an electric fireplace.

Easy Installation of Electric Fireplace Heaters

Electric fireplace heaters are easy to install in your existing wood or gas fireplace without the need for a contractor and they cost less to operate than other heaters and fireplace options. While electricity rates vary by region, the efficiency of specific heaters is relatively constant. Gas fireplaces generally cost 17 to 24¢ per hour to operate, while electric fireplaces provide realistic looking flames for about 3¢ per hour and flames with heat for around 8 to 12¢ an hour. In fact, over time your electric fireplace can pay for itself as it protects the environment and provides you with convenient heat and realistic looking flames.

The electric fireplace logs and ember beds available from Electric Fireplaces Direct look like the real thing without any of the mess or risks. Electric fireplace heaters can provide 4700 BTUs of heat per hour, enough to provide supplemental heat for 400 square feet. Instead of wasting money heating an entire house, you can save up to 10% of your heating bill simply by maintaining a lower overall temperature throughout your home and turning down the thermostat at times when no one is home or when everyone is snuggled warmly in bed. The convenient heat provided by electric fireplace heaters can be turned on with your remote from any place in the room and the unit only requires a 120-volt household electrical outlet to operate. Installing electric fireplace heaters is simple, quick, and easy.

Year-Round Comfort and Ambiance

Unlike wood or gas fireplaces, you can operate your electric fireplace with or without heat, allowing you to enjoy the look and feel of a fireplace any time of year, without paying for the heat. Unlike your wood or gas fireplace, which sits unused throughout most of the year, you can enjoy the ambiance of a fire at any time with your electric fireplace.

Electric fireplace logs provide you with the intimate comfort of a flame, with or without heat, and all without smoke, wood storage, or the fear of gas leaks, and they can be used year round, increasing the usefulness of your fireplace while saving you money. Your electric fireplace from Electric Fireplaces Direct costs less to operate than wood or gas and their patented flame technology provides you with the look and feel of real flames without any of the dangers or inconveniences.

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