As you've learned from our featured articles, modern flame technology allows you to have a freestanding or wall-mount electric fireplace in your apartment, condo, or home.
You'll enjoy the warmth and feel of a real fire without the associated risks, mess, or inconvenience that traditional fireplaces have.
An electric fireplace also costs less to use than other heat sources. Combining the supplemental heat from an electric fireplace with good insulation and weather stripping saves you a significant amount of money this winter as you heat your home.
Want to reduce your bill even further? There are plenty of ways you can save your bank account and the environment with simple, do-it-yourself projects and supplemental heating tips.
To get the most out of your fireplace, check out our quick and easy energy-saving tips.
Use Your Thermostat Wisely
Using your household thermostat is where money and energy savings go hand in hand.
Instead of heating your entire house, you can reduce your energy bill by at least 10 percent simply by reducing the temperature to the minimum for comfort while you are home and then lowering it when no one is home or while everyone is asleep.
Want to go a step further? Save more money and energy while maintaining your comfort level with the use of zone heating.
Zone heating uses supplemental heat sources to only warm the rooms you use, keeping unoccupied rooms cooler.
Supplemental heat sources via electric fireplaces are available in numerous styles and attractive designs, including:
- Electric fireplaces
- Roll-away fireplaces
- Wall-mount electric fireplaces.
These fireplace designs are very flexible and can be used in any size home or office.
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Weather-Proofing Your Home
Did you know that heating and cooling your home accounts for 56 percent of the average American’s annual energy consumption? That seems worrisome at first, but, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your energy bill.
First, look at the insulation found in any areas that could have potential leaks or inadequate insulation. That includes your:
- Crawl space
Air leaks are also common around pipes, windows, and doors, but they're easily eliminated with weather stripping and expanding foam from a spray can.
Second, take advantage of the heat produced by the sun.
Leaving your south-facing curtains and drapes open during the day will allow your walls, floors, and furnishings to absorb the sun's heat, which is then released into the room as the temperature drops. In the same way, keeping your drapes closed when the sun is not visible will help to create an insulating layer to keep your home cool and comfortable.
Make the Right Choice
Is it time to make a decision? You have three main fireplace options: electric, gas, and wood.
While wood fireplaces provide heat and ambiance, they can also create messes in the form of ash, wood storage issues, fire risks, and air pollution.
Meanwhile, gas fireplaces can be troublesome. Without factoring in the work effort or flue and chimney maintenance, the average cost of operating a wood fireplace depends largely on the current price of wood. Gas fireplaces are slightly more convenient, but still require a pilot light and venting maintenance.
What about an electric fireplace? These fireplaces have three main benefits:
1. Realistic Features:
Modern flame technology allows you to enjoy the look and feel of a real fire without all of the associated problems. Even the electric fireplace logs and ember bed look like the real thing.
2. Low Risk:
Since it's not a real fire, you don’t have to worry about a potential house fire, invading bugs, or cleaning up ash after you're done.
3. Greater Savings:
The patented flame technology costs about 3¢ per hour without heat and 8-12¢ an hour with heat.
It’s simple, really: an electric fireplace provides the best of both worlds at a fraction of the cost. Using supplemental heat devices such as a wall-mount electric fireplace or freestanding electric stove fireplace allows you to eliminate the fire risk and the air pollution while still enjoying a warm, cozy home and the aesthetic ambiance of a fire.
For the full breakdown of electric vs gas and wood, we go into more detail here.
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