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A Guide to Convert Wood and Gas Fireplaces 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 year. Curling up by the fire can be romantic, and nothing beats a fireplace for removing the winter chill from a room. Often an annoyance, a wood fireplace requires that ashes be removed regularly and the smoke created adds to our air pollution problems. Gas fireplaces can be expensive to operate, 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 when extra warmth is not desired.


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. There is just something comforting 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...But


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 enjoyable throughout the winter months, but these hearths remain unused in milder temperatures. 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 can be costly to operate and many homeowners wince every time they turn them on thinking of the energy dollars floating up the chimney.  Gas units frequently produce too much heat in too small of an area. 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 masonry fireplace without the need for a contractor. Electric units may be more economical when used is small rooms when compared to comparable gas powered options. While electricity rates vary by region, the efficiency of specific heaters is relatively consistent. 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 options 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 up to 400 square feet. Instead of wasting money heating an entire house, you can save up to 10 percent of your heating bill simply by maintaining a lower overall temperature on your main thermostat and utilizing an electric unit for zone heating.  Use the simple and convenient electric fireplace to heat only the rooms you want at the time you are using them.  Many units can be turned on with a remote control from any place in the room.  Electric fireplaces only require a 120-volt household electrical outlet to operate, with the exception of some built in models. Installing electric fireplace heaters is simple, quick and easy.


Year-Round Comfort and Ambiance


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. They can also be used year round, increasing the usefulness of your fireplace while saving you money by allowing you to heat only the rooms you use. Their patented flame technology provides you with the look and feel of real flames without any of the dangers or inconveniences.  Consider purchasing an electric fireplace from Electric Fireplaces Direct today – they are easy to operate and they are less fuss than a wood fire. The perfect ambiance for your home is only one click away!