The Good And Bad Of Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces are becoming increasingly common in households. They marry aesthetics, ambiance, and practical purpose to create a focal point to any room. Heat is generated like a conventional heater- electricity powers a heating element. A fan spreads the heated air through the room. A mantle, which can be selected to match decor, adds to the visual appeal. A traditional fire is simulated. Dimplex, a company that manufactures electric fireplaces, shares some valuable product knowledge in the below video.

How Are Electric Fireplaces Better Than Traditional Fireplaces?

You are able to save money by using electric fireplaces because they are significantly cheaper and more efficient to run. As opposed to turning on the heat for the entire home, you only have to actively heat one area although this is the same case for traditional fireplaces. Still, using an electric fireplace eliminates the need for buying wood, starting and maintaining a flame, and cleaning/servicing a fireplace with a chimney. Moreover, you are able to use an electric fireplace for an extended period of time. Wood-burning stoves are limited by the supply of wood. Gas burning fireplaces don't have that restriction, but require costly installment and creation of gas-line access. A foundational benefit of electric fireplaces is not causing any harmful particle emissions, which are a major side-product of traditional fireplaces, and one of the causes of their degradation.

More people are able to use electric fireplaces than traditional fireplaces. The use of gas and/or wood fireplaces is restricted in many places due to concurrent fire risk. Electric fireplaces are much safer in terms of fire risk and (nonexistent) gas build-up. They’re also portable and space-saving, a valuable aspect as you move from place to place. Because electric fireplaces only require a standard wall outlet, their use is a lot simpler and easier. Design options are plentiful, so finding a unique, décor-matching fireplace is possible.

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What Are The Drawbacks Of Electric Fireplaces?

While convenient and cheaper to run, electric fireplaces miss out on the treasured appeal of traditional fireplaces- the sound, the smell, the specialness of sitting by a warm, burning fire. It is a primary feature that attracts buyers. Recognising this, new models seek to improve the fire's simulation with lights, a water chamber for "smoke" production, and a speaker to make realistic crackling sounds. Still, most users are not fooled and this continues to be a drawback.

Since electricity is required to power electric fireplaces, it is understandable why one would not have them as a heat source in the event of power outages. Fireplaces can provide critical warmth in these scenarios, so it continues to be a significant weakness. Electric fireplaces often run on maximum power which can cause a fuse or circuit to blow if other appliances are added. Large fireplaces may require special wiring to accommodate the load. Even then, they're inadequate to heat a home, and a larger-scale method of heating would be necessary. Care must also be taken to keep furniture, rugs, drapes, etc. away from the facet of the fireplace where heat is discharged. For mantel fireplaces, securing the unit in place is important to prevent fire as they tend to be weighted towards the front.

All in all, electric fireplaces can be a convenient and cost-effective alternative to traditional fireplaces. With a measure of caution, you can safely enjoy the warmth of a fireplace without having to enter into the energetic, safety, and environmental trade-offs of conventional fireplaces. We have written a guide on the best electric fireplaces if you are looking for advice when purchasing one.


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