Electric fireplace heaters are a common sight in most households, especially during winter period. These heaters keep the families warm amidst the cold nights. For those who can afford it, having a wooden fireplace is a better way to keep warm. Aside from the warmth it gives, it also provides good ambiance to the household. But if you cannot afford to get a fireplace, you can always get an electric fireplace.
Of course having an electric fireplace has its advantages and disadvantages. Obviously, it is a lot safer than having a real fireplace; the latter being a possible fire hazard. Electric fireplaces are also portable; you can put it anywhere you want in your house or you can even bring it to your condominium unit or apartment.
Houses don’t need remodeling when you purchase an electric fireplace; having one means you don’t need to install a chimney thus saving money for other expenses. And not having a real wooden fireplace means you don’t need to purchase fireplace mantel (for gas fireplaces) surrounds nor wooden fireplace surrounds; again this way you can save some money for other expenses. These fireplaces of the electrical variety are also environment friendly; it does not emit any smoke that can prove harmful to nature.
These portable fireplace units are can also be controlled remotely; you will be saved the hassle of trying to figure out how warm you want your fire to be. It is a lot easier to maintain than a wooden fireplace; you don’t need to purchase wood or clean the chimney constantly; taking out the soot is a hard task.
But as mentioned earlier, purchasing an electric fireplace also has its disadvantages. The flames in the electric fireplaces look fake compared to the actual fireplace. Gas fireplaces have better looking flames than an electric one.
Adding an electric fireplace does not add value to your house. An electric fireplace is not a permanent fixture in your house so it does not add anything to your home’s overall value. And the only advantage an electric fireplace has over a regular heater is that it just looks better than the regular heater. It consumes the same amount of energy and the electric fireplace is much more expensive than a regular heater.
Purchasing an electric fireplace is ideal if you don’t have the money to have a real fireplace installed in your home. Owning one however has its own pros and cons. They are safer, cheaper (no need to buy wood fireplace surrounds and fireplace mantel surrounds) and easy to install. But on the other hand, they are not any more different from a regular electric heater.