10 reasons to invest in an electric fireplace this winter
Do you want the warmth and ambiance of a traditional log burning fireplace, but don’t want the hassle of maintaining it? Then investing in an electric fireplace might just be the answer. In recent years, electric stoves have become increasingly more popular, mainly because of their convenience, ease of use and controllability. Electric fireplaces create a realistic, log-burning effect, whenever you feel like adding that extra cosy ambiance to your home.
In a previous blog post, we discussed why you should incorporate an electric fireplace into your home, but today we want to delve a little deeper into the benefits of electric fireplaces. So, we have collated ten key reasons why you should invest in an electric fireplace this winter.
1. No smoke or harmful carbon monoxide released
Traditional wood burning fireplaces use real wood which releases dangerous fumes such as carbon monoxide into your home. The inhalation of these fumes can be dangerous to you, your family and any pets. The long term effects have been linked to: lung cancer, a decline in lung functionality, chronic bronchitis, and heart disease. Owning a wood burning fireplace is especially dangerous if you have an existing respiratory condition such as asthma.
On the other hand, there are no harmful side effects associated with owning an electric fireplace. The days of smoke-filled rooms are long gone, and no more lingering smoky odours. Electric fireplaces don’t produce any harmful smoke or reduce the air quality in your home. They are also zero emissions and do not emit any hazardous by-products, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Compared to wood-burning fireplaces, electric fireplaces are one of the most efficient ways to heat your home. They heat rooms faster. This is because heat is not escaping through a chimney which is the case with traditional chimney fireplaces when the heat rises. An electric fireplace warms up a room quickly and it stays warm throughout its use. Depending on the type of bulb used in the fireplace, they can consume less energy, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and costing very little to operate. As there is no need or use of wood, you can enjoy your electric flame knowing you are doing something good for the planet.
3. Low maintenance
Electric fireplaces are fantastic because there is so little maintenance involved. You don’t need to worry about the hassle of throwing on some more wood to keep the fire burning, nor cleaning out the ash pans, or getting your chimney swept once a year. You can just turn it on, and continue with your blissful, relaxing evening. Often, they also come with a remote to control it; so you can be anywhere in the room and remain fully in control of your fireplace and the heat emanating from it.
4. Saves money
As electric fireplaces are energy-efficient, this also means they are more cost-efficient. As far as fireplaces go, they are the least expensive to put into your home. With an electric fireplace, you also save money through not having to have your chimney cleaned, any service checks or installation fees. You can simply plug it in, sit back, relax and enjoy!
5. All homes can enjoy an electric fireplace
It doesn’t matter what type of home you have. Whether you live in a small home, apartment, recreational vehicle or caravan home, everyone can enjoy the cosy atmospheric delights and warmth an electric fireplace brings. This is because you don’t need to have a chimney. And, they can be placed anywhere you like in your home, or at any level of a building. There are a variety of models that suit smaller living spaces, meaning an electric fireplace can be placed in any size of home too. Allowing everyone the calming environment a fireplace provides.
6. Long lifespan
Compared to their gas or wood burning fireplace counterparts, electric fireplaces have a longer lifespan. This is because they are not a combustible energy resource or susceptible to rust and corrosion. Even when they have been used for several years, they still look as good as new.
7. Easy to install
Electric fireplaces are very easy to install. This is possible one of their best features. It’s so easy to install that it’s a one step process. All you have to do is plug it in and you’re ready to enjoy. Whereas, wood burning and gas fireplaces are a little more costly and time-consuming to install in your home as they often require the help of a professional.
8. Varied designs and styles
The design options and styles are plentiful when it comes to choosing a contemporary electric fireplace. No matter your personal taste or style, there is a design out there that is perfect for you and your home. Depending on the existing style or home decor in your home, you can opt for a more traditional or contemporary option to match. Ultimately, you are in complete control and can choose your ideal fire experience and the aesthetic you want to create.
Each electric fireplace model has a wide range of features available, often with the ability to customise settings such as the brightness, flame speed, flame colour – all of which help create ambiance and can suit your style or mood. Electric fireplaces are extremely diverse in style and versatile. The more compact electric fireplaces can be moved around from room to room and placed wherever you like.
9. Fireplace safety
When turned on, electric fireplaces produce enough heat to warm a room but remain cool to the touch, meaning they are much safer around kids and pets. As they remain cool to touch, it reduces the risk of injuries and burns. The automatic overheat protection functionality also helps reduce the risk of fires caused by the overheating of electrical devices and equipment.
10. Use all year round
Electric fireplaces are very versatile as they can be used all year round, in all climates, helping set the mood for any occasion, and in any room. Since the heat and flame effect controls are separate on electric fireplaces, you can enjoy the aesthetic an electric fireplace creates without emitting any heat if you wish. It means you can keep the flickering flame all year, with or without heat – so why not enjoy a beautiful soft flame glow on a late summer’s evening! The ambiance and cozy glow a fireplace creates does not need to be restricted to winter only.
Contact our team
If you’re looking for a new electric fireplace this winter, or you would like to find out more about our full range of traditional fireplaces and stoves, you can call our team on 01908 507 027, or fill out our online contact form and someone will be in touch with you.