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The Pros and Cons of Electric Fireplaces

There are so many options when it comes to adding a fireplace to your home these days. From traditional wood burning to ethanol, gas and electric fireplaces. Electric fireplaces have been around for many years and have been quite popular in homes around the world. This type of fireplace is essentially a projected image of moving flames and works like a giant space heater.


Easy to Use
With the flick of a switch, an electric fireplace is very easy to use. These types of fireplaces are recommended for a room in any home. From a two-story house to a condo building, these fireplaces are great for any homeowner because they do not require the maintenance of a chimney or the hassle of firewood.

Environmentally Friendly
The carbon footprint left by an electric fireplace is the smallest footprint of all the different fireplaces. Since it doesn’t release any harmful gases or fumes into the environment, such as carbon dioxide, the electric fireplace is a very environmentally friendly option.

When it comes to installation and running costs, an electric fireplace will be your cheapest option. Installing an electric fireplace requires an outlet and the perfect spot to place it. Installing a chimney on the other hand is an extremely expensive job and will require you and your family to suffer through some serious renovation.


Power Outages
We are entering a season when power outages begin to occur and heating your home becomes the number one priority. In the case of a winter power outage, if your electric fireplace is the only fireplace you have, you won’t be able to create additional warmth in your home. This is a major con electric fireplace owners find in the winter and when they desperately wish they had a traditional wood fireplace.

There’s nothing better than cuddling up to a crackling fire, with rich orange flames to make you feel at home over the winter season. Unfortunately electric fireplaces don’t appeal to some people because of how artificial some of the lower-end model can appear. Ethanol, gas and traditional wood burning fireplaces are a better option for people who strive for realistic looking fireplaces.

Blow a Fuse
Unlike a traditional wood burning or an ethanol-burning fireplace, an electric fireplace can potentially blow a fuse in your home if you are not careful. These days, a lot of people are placing their TVs above their electric fireplaces without realizing that if you have too many appliances plugged into an outlet, you could blow a fuse. If you can, create a separate outlet for your fireplace to make sure you aren’t overworking it.

Electric fireplaces are well known for their low cost, low maintenance and high efficiency but they do come with some drawbacks. Take all these points into consideration if you’re purchasing an electric fireplace and make the best decision for yourself and your home.

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