Electric fireplaces offer numerous benefits over gas or wood, but by now you’re probably tired of hearing it from just us. From cost savings to year-round ambiance, ease of installation and maintenance, there are tons of reasons we can use to convince you to switch. Instead, we’ll let some of the biggest names in the industry tell you why an electric fireplace is a great investment.
Advantages of Electric Fireplaces
“You can make the best use of an awkward space without needing an outside wall or vent (required for gas).” -Stylish Fireplaces
“An electric fireplace heater is not only convenient as it is beautiful, it is also good for the environment, producing zero carbon emissions and consuming no wood or coal.”
“In most areas it only costs two cents per hour to operate the flames and up to 22 cents per hour with the flames and the heaters on. The thermostat for the heater will automatically turn on and off per your settings to keep your room at the desired temperature. The thermostat will also lower your operating costs - frequently 50% lower or more.”
-Heat 'n Glo
“Wood burning fireplaces are messy and use firewood that is difficult to store inside the home. If you store your firewood outdoors, you need to retrieve it regardless of weather conditions and have a way to protect it from the elements. With an electric fireplace you no longer have to worry about having enough wood to last the season or having to purchase more, in-turn leaving more time to spend by your electric fireplace.”
Specifically on Infrared Heaters: “By providing more even heat distribution, Infrared heaters are able to quickly warm rooms up to 1,000 square feet. The heat is also healthier, retaining higher levels of oxygen and moisture in the air over standard heating elements.”
Is it Easy to Install?
“Electric fireplaces or stoves plug into any standard 120-volt outlet and do not require a dedicated circuit. It's as easy as plugging in a lamp! Whether a fireplace or stove is being installed into one of our many attractive mantels or into an existing fireplace opening, installation is fast and easy!”
“There are no clearance issues for an electric fireplace. Since there is nothing burning inside the fireplace, there is no requirement to surround it with non-flammable materials. You may install on drywall, wood, tile or stone – whatever you like. However, it is important to distinguish between units that are designed to be mounted on the wall from those that are designed to be in the wall or in a cabinet.”
Is it Easy to Maintain?
“Yes. Every 2 to 3 years the light bulbs, readily available at any hardware store, will need to be replaced. You will be able to do this easily yourself. Most other fireplaces require ongoing, costly maintenance, which must be performed by qualified service technicians.”
“We always advise customers to run inspections on wiring and plugs just to make sure that there is no metal exposed. This will happen on rare occasions but it recommended in an effort to prevent serious hazards.”