Electric Fireplace: Should You Get One?

Electric Fireplace

Electric Fireplace: Should You Get One?

There is nothing like a cozy, inviting, and romantic home fireplace. The warmth, the flickering flames, the crackle of the fire in the wood, the glow. It all adds up to create an ambiance that’s unbeatable. It urges you to sit nearby, preferably with a very large fuzzy blanket and a cup of cocoa. There’s something extremely captivating about staring into a fireplace that most of us can’t avoid.

However, many homes simply do not have a fireplace built-in, nor the capacity to install one.  There’s just no way to put a chimney into an apartment complex, a boat, your RV, or even your office. Fortunately, we now have electric fireplaces. These can be placed in any home, condo, apartment, etc., with no chimneys, venting or gas lines required. If you’ve ever considered one, now is the time to look into it before the winter months come upon us. Here are some things to keep in mind as you go shopping and start looking.

The Pros of Electric Fireplaces

The biggest benefit to an electric fireplace is that you can put it in any home, regardless of whether or not there is access or ability to install a real fireplace.  It’s also very easy to take your fireplace with you to your next home if you move, making it an investment that can go with you wherever you go.

With a real fireplace, there’s a constant demand to keep up with a stock of wood, which is messy and dusty. There’s never a need to check to refill the natural gas tank.

There is almost zero effort required with an electric fireplace.  Turning it on or adjusting it is literally as easy as pushing a button, often a button on a remote, meaning you can up the temperature from the comfort of your couch.

You don’t lose heat with an electric fireplace because the heat is not also escaping out of the chimney like it is when you’re using a real fireplace, making electric fireplaces very energy efficient.

Electrical Fireplace Safety

The safety of an electrical fireplace is also extremely beneficial, especially in homes with small children or pets.  There is no danger of burning and almost all electric fireplaces offer “safe-to-touch” glass so even small hands on the glass are safe.  You don’t have to worry about the fire getting out of control and creating a fire that’s too big to manage. Chimney fires are also not an issue.

For homeowners who would like to avoid the maintenance required of a real, wood-burning fireplace, an electric fireplace can be a cozy addition to nearly any room. Since electric fireplaces don’t burn wood or use gas, installation is simple and their size can range from that of hanging LED TV to a full unit that looks like a full fireplace installation, mantle and all. 

For many homeowners, and perhaps especially for condo owners and apartment dwellers, electric fireplaces are worth owning, but there are some negatives.

The Cons of Electric Fireplaces

Those looking for their fireplace to heat their homes in the dark of winter will be disappointed. Electric fireplaces don’t give off enough heat to warm a room, especially not a larger living room. If you’re looking for a way to keep a large space warm, an e-fireplace won’t always do the job.

Additionally, unlike a wood-burning fireplace, an electric fireplace won’t heat your home in the instance of a power outage.

The aesthetics of an electric fireplace might leave something to be desired as well. The faux flames will be acceptable for some, but possibly not to purists. The good news is that advances in recent years have made the flames look more convincing, but still, some e-fireplaces are better than others. Definitely, do your research.

Is an Electric Fireplace Right for You?

First, shop around online, and then go to see one for yourself at a showroom if you can. Determine what size you want, where your electric fireplace would go in your home, and ask what you want from it. Aesthetics? Heat? Both?

Electric Fireplace Installation Near You

If you want to know if your electrical system can handle your preferred model of electric fireplace, or need to repair an electrical outlet so you can plug in your new electric fireplace with confidence, call East-West Electric at  (727) 771-9403 today.