Environmentally friendly products are typically labeled with an energy-efficient label, and we are proud to say that all of the products we carry are certified green products. To us, purchasing a green product isn’t just about promoting environmental protection; it’s about promoting healthy, safe living as well.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the fourth largest environmental threat is indoor air quality. The burning of fossil fuels without proper ventilation using a standard, wood-burning fireplace could cause some of these emissions to remain inside, thus reducing inside air quality and posing a threat to your home.
Electric fireplaces, on the other hand, do not emit fossil fuels. In fact, electric fireplaces operate without combustions or any consumption of wood or fossil fuels. This helps keep both your home and the environment safe. It also helps to keep your home safe from fire risks.
Interested to see how gas and wood fireplaces compare to green electric fireplaces? Check out the chart below:
As you can see by the chart, gas and wood fireplaces each emit harmful fossil fuels into the air. While wood burning fireplaces can vent some of that bad air through a chimney, deadly pollutants from gas and wood fireplaces can still harm your family indoors.
No Moisture Threat
Some gas fireplaces can produce large amounts of moisture that can potentially lead to mold and other indoor air problems.
According to the Dimplex Green Report, 1.5 gallons of water are produced from every 100,000 BTUs of gas burned. This water can eventually turn into mold and create health risks like allergies for those living within your home. The additional moisture can also produce constructional damage.
Even wood-burning fireplaces are susceptible to moisture because the chimney exposes it to outdoor elements. If too much moisture builds up within the flue and chimney, your home could be put at risk.
Electric fireplaces are not exposed to the outdoor elements and only require electricity to produce heat. Likewise, select electric fireplace models can contain air purifiers to improve air quality and remove any air threats like mold spores, dust, pet dander, pollen and other indoor pollutants making your home environmentally safe.
Safety of Electric Fireplaces
With gas fireplaces carrying potential dangers for gas leaks and wood fireplaces including risks like carpets catching on fire or clogged chimneys causing smoke damage, electric fireplaces allow your home to stand apart in today’s housing market.
The standing pilot light in a gas fireplace can prove to be a slight danger when not lit properly. Vented gas logs also produce large amounts of carbon monoxide, a deadly toxic gas. When the chimney is extremely cold and a gas log set is ignited, water vapor might condense and run back down your chimney, and since vent free logs do not vent to the outside additional problems can occur when moisture is trapped inside the home.
Unlike other fireplaces, the glass covering of an electric heater will always stay cool to the touch, a safety feature that's especially important to have around small children or pets. Additionally, they will not produce any mold or mildew that could produce potential health problems later.
An electric fireplace or heater provides a safer, healthier alternative to green living. With high savings and equally great health benefits, an electric fireplace is more than just a way to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle; it’s also the best way to ensure your home stands apart in the housing market.
No Wasted Energy
Because Electric fireplaces include a flame-only option and lack a standing pilot light, they are 100 percent energy efficient. To compare, gas fireplaces are only 50 percent efficient and wood-burning fireplaces are only 10 percent energy efficient.
In addition, the supplemental heating an electric fireplace provides also conserves energy. Using a thermostat can waste energy and increase electric bills. An electric fireplace heats only the room or area it is placed through infrared, halogen, or fan-forced heating technology. In each case, heat is contained within a set area.
No emissions, no moisture threats, and no wasted energy are three features of electric fireplaces that rank it as one of the most popular green products. In 2010, nearly 1.5 million electric fireplaces were shipped across the United States as families sought a way to save heat and money.
Remember, everyone has the responsibility to keep our environment a safe and abundant place to live. Using eco-friendly products is one way to help. Why not start today by purchasing an electric fireplace?