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Electric Fireplace Pros and Cons

Fireplace creates unique ambience in the house as the interior acquires rustic luxury feel. With advent of electric fireplace that does not even need a chimney, fireplaces became more affordable. Now even people who live in small houses, condos and apartments can experience the warmth of a fireplace. 

The fireplace used to be associated with live flames but this perception is gradually changing. Even electric fireplace can display dancing flames thus contributing to the cozy atmosphere of the place. These modern heating devices managed to get rid of some drawbacks of wood burning fireplaces. The homeowners do not have to care about ongoing source of wood and suitable conditions for its storage (wood should be dry to burn). There are lots of other advantages of using the electric fireplace, so it is not surprising that they are replacing the classic ones.

1. They improve home design.

Primarily, this option can be chosen for aesthetic reasons. Electric fireplace fits into modern design perfectly without losing its functionality. The diversity of electric fireplaces is great. They can be of all sizes and shapes. You can find a suitable one for any house. 

2. This is a practical purchase as:

  • They serve longer. Their life span is longer in comparison with gas or wood burning fireplaces. 
  • They are easily installed. The installation does not take long. The house renovations are not necessary for it. There are wall-mounted models of fireplaces, so they are just hung on the wall. None of them need either chimneys or gas lines like other types of fireplaces. 
  • Portable electric fireplaces can be taken to any room of the house. Portable fireplace can be removed from the room when you need it. Such flexibility is very convenient and makes the electric fireplace even more universal and functional. 
  • They are convenient to use. For additional convenience remote control can be used so you just switch it on or off like any other device. 

 

At the same time, this convenience partially plays against electric fireplace. 

1. Electric fireplace is perceived as something artificial and fake. 

  • The flames do not look real.
  • There are no sounds of cracking and popping burning wood. People love fireplaces for the romantic atmosphere they bring. 
  • The same is referred to smells. Though not all people like the smell of burning wood but they consider it as a necessary feature. 

You look at the plastic logs with shining colorful lights around them that imitate fire and understand that this is not real. 

2. Only a small room becomes warmer with it. It does not heat other rooms as other gas or wood burning fireplaces do. 

3. Electric fireplace consumes much energy and your utility bills grow. 

Does it mean that it is not cost effective to use electric fireplaces? Not at all! The matter is that 99% of energy goes to the room, so the efficiency of conversion to heat is very high!

Alpine Air Heating & Cooling offers a wide range of electric fireplaces for the residents of Milton, Acton, Oakville, Brampton, Burlington, Georgetown and Mississauga. Give us a call today to find out more information about all of the excellent electric fireplace models we offer.

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