Electric fireplaces spare the air without hurting the pocketbook, but some argue that they are electricity hogs. It is clear that electric fireplaces are wonderful for decorating and heating a space while creating the effect of a cozy wood fire. It is also clear that fake fireplaces spare the air while wood fires can consume more than a cord of wood every year.
According to Electric Fireplaces Direct, electricity releases a lot less carbon dioxide when produced. A wood fire creates a giant carbon footprint. Electric fireplace inserts have few material and installation problems compared to installing wood or gas fireplaces.
Opponents feel that fake fireplaces consume a lot of electricity if a home or apartment does not have a solar option. It is true that overuse or complete dependency on electric fireplaces could cancel the air sparing benefits by running up the electric bill. Some electricity misers consider such appliances to be no more than space heaters, and space heaters have bad reputations when it comes to power consumption.
This is a time to look at the realities and to come to a happy conclusion that when wisely used, electric fireplaces are an economical, smart and very green move to make.
Electric fireplaces are not like the tiny space heaters of old. These powerhouses have blower inserts and can emit 5,115 BTUs of heat, according to Fireplace Lowdown. The heaters come with sophisticated thermostats to keep the heat levels even. Electric fireplaces also offer two wattage levels at 750 and 1500 watts.
The household only has to use smart thermostat strategies and avoid running the electric fireplace on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis. With sensible heating plans, a household can enjoy an electric fireplace and forget about a huge increase in the electric bill. There may even be some savings.
A household can spend some time with a lovely ambient glow or can heat a specific space when needed. This eliminates a lot of wasted heat from starting up the whole house or whole apartment heating system.
Cost is another factor. Fake fireplaces can go for less than $200, with even better deals on EBay or at Overstock outlets. In the end, a perceptive household can use electric fireplaces without worrying about a lot of electricity consumption or contributing to local and regional air pollution problems.
Energy cost comparisons are always a local matter since electricity, propane tank refills and municipal gas prices will vary widely from location to location. First, compare the cost per unit of heat from local municipal gas, electricity or propane tank refills. Add in the additional state or local taxes, utility assessments and other fees that are added to the bills for each energy source. A little research will help a household find the energy source with the least cost per unit of heat.
Next, take a look at the cost to heat a specific room, area or space. This will help to determine when an electric fireplace can supplement the whole house heating system at a lower cost.
When installing a new system, gas fireplaces come with major costs and issues, including installing flues, gas pipes and equipment. In comparison, electric fireplaces simply plug into a 110-volt outlet after some very easy assembly.
In summary, electric fireplaces can provide heat at an equal or lower cost depending on the amount of time in use and the space being heated. There is the added beauty of simulated fire, a decorative fireplace surround and more than enough heat to make the place toasty while sparing the air. In the final assessment, electric fireplaces can spare the air without hurting the Pocketbook.