Electric Fireplaces are popular this time of year. There are many good reasons why people choose an electric fireplace insert over a gas or wood-burning fireplace. Here are the pros and cons of choosing an electric fireplace or electric fireplace insert.
Electric Fireplaces are Safe
When it comes to electric fireplaces, you don’t have too much to worry about. Unlike wood burning fireplaces, you don’t have to worry about fires or the smell of smoke. Wood fireplaces are messy and require some work. You have to clean the fireplace and hunt for or buy wood. Gas fireplaces also emit a smell or fumes. They have a flame so fire is possible but their casing allows them to be placed directly next to wood or other burnable materials. Because a leak cannot be detected right away, you need a carbon monoxide detector to be safe if you have a gas fireplace.
Electric fireplaces have no fumes, no flames and don’t emit odors or hazardous gases. They are safe and can be used next to wood and other flammable objects. They are least expensive to install and work well if you have no fireplace chimney or natural gas nearby.
Can Electric Fireplaces Heat Your Room?
Most electric fireplaces are used for their aesthetic appeal. They do produce some heat to help make a room cozy. They operate anywhere from 1500 BTUs to 5000 BTUs on average. Usually a 40,000 BTU gas fireplace can heat an average size living room to give you an example. On the positive side, the heat can also be turned off if you just want to look at the flames.
Electric Fireplace Cons
Besides looking nice and heating a little, electric fireplaces will cause your electric bill to increase a little. They aren’t really meant to heat a large area. The fire itself looks somewhat real. How real it looks and what the appearance is has a lot to do with the price and quality of the unit you purchase. Some models allow you to adjust the flames too.
Installing Your Electric Fireplace or Electric Fireplace Insert
Installing an Electric fireplace is easy. Often you just need to plug it into an electrical outlet. You may need to move an outlet to accommodate where you want to place your fireplace. Electric fireplaces come in all kinds of sizes and styles, including a wall mount. If you are using an electric fireplace insert, you need to close off your existing chimney and make sure your unit fits properly. You can also construct a casing for your unit.
If you have any questions about installing your electric fireplace or you need help installing an electrical outlet. Call Rose Brothers and Sons electric and we will be happy to help you.