A fireplace, one might argue, is what makes a home, home. Just lazing around the lounge, reading a book, and warming your feet beside the fire is an integral part of the home experience. Now, over the course of centuries, there have been quite a few innovations in the field of construction, home aesthetics, and their management – 3D printing entire houses, the application of robotic walls, steel structures, tall buildings – and electric fireplaces. These may be on the route to becoming the new convention. Not only do they offer ease and comfort, these electric fireplaces offer so much more than the regular gas connected fireplace. Today, we’ll have a look at a few of the benefits of having an electric fireplace in your home.
A gas fireplace – inserts, or otherwise – cannot be installed into a home until the construction meets a few prerequisites. There needs to be a chimney, an outlet to the roof, connection to an exterior wall, and a venting system. If your house is not already retrofitted with all these components then it would be a hard task to have the gas fireplace installed. The overall cost for having a gas fireplace installed ranges from somewhere in between $2000 to $5000, on an average. Whereas, the electric heater’s price range starts from $1000, and ranges to $3000. The clear dichotomy between the price ranges makes the electric heater a preferable choice for the average user.
The usual gas heater is either installed, or the freestanding vessel is too aesthetically unsavory. It is a small square box perpetually connected with a gas supply pipe, which can make for a not so feasible intervention when it comes to interior design and styling. With an electric heater, you do not have to worry about portability, and if you want it connected to a single spot, then these electric heaters come with a wall mount feature, too.
When it comes to dislocating the heat efficiency, a regular gas fireplace displaces at least 70-80 percent of the heat that it generates through the chimney, or the venting system. It seems like a complete waste of fuel and energy. Compared to that, an electric heater has an almost hundred percent efficiency rate – none of the heat it produces gets lost through otherwise cumbersome systems, and it follows an equal rate of flow for its heat throughout the room, creating a cozy environment.
4. Flame Range
While both the electric and gas fireplace are controlled by the thermostat, there is a distinct lack of features in the flame control range of the gas heater is very noteworthy. While the thermostat controls both the heat and the flame for the gas heater, the electric heater is completely different. It offers more diversity in aesthetic by allowing the heat, and the flames to have altogether different switches on the thermostat, so even when you turn off the heat, the flames can go on to be a visible feature.
The wood burning fireplace of the past used to let out a remarkable load of smoke and fumes when the fire was burned. In the gas fireplace, although there is no excess, the fireplace still produced a small amount of carbon monoxide, and to keep the fire burning for an entire night and sleep in the same room would be harmful. With electric heaters, there are no fumes altogether. It is a clean heating machine which draws its power from an electricity outlet. Now you can get the psychological impact of a burning fire without all the hassle that comes with the drawbacks of an actual burning fire.
6. Energy efficient
An electric heater helps to accommodate the energy efficiency of a house. During winter, the load on the central heating system increases, and the electricity bills might start to run high. An electric heater applies the concept of supplemental heating to the mix, by providing heat exposure to the space it has been allocated to. This way, you could lower the thermostat on central, therefore reducing the bills.
7. Design Choices
Electric heaters come in various sizes and forms – from long to short, to semi-portable – and the variation in choice makes for an interesting deviation from designing a traditional mantle fireplace. These design choices are more modern, and allude to the contemporary state of the world, and make for a clever variation of inter styles that it would be able to go with.
The aesthetic feasibility is infinite in the choice of electric heaters. They come in such a wide variety of range that it could be paired up with almost any interior setting. Though dominantly available in the modern style, electric fireplaces also come in traditional and classic montages. Any style you deem fit – there would be complementary electric heater to that aesthetic.
9. Year round usability
Since there are no restrictions on the compatibility of the electric fireplace, and it uses no burning wood or gas, so the flames are not real, it could be used in a year round fashion. You could whip out your electric heater during the summers, and turn on the fames to play on a party aesthetic.