The ultimate guide to electric fireplaces vs. wood, oil and gas compares pollution, energy efficiency, costs and stats for home heating and tips as we prepare for the cold winter months ahead. There are many benefits to zone and supplemental home heating that residents don’t know about and electric can be used to replace standard wood or gas at any time by simply replacing the firebox or retrofitting the design.
The technology has come a long way in the past few years and realistic flames are produced along with dazzling light displays, pulsating ember beds and real smoke to add to the illusion. They come in a variety of different styles and designs to fit any room aesthetic from contemporary wall mounts to antique hearths and free-standing stoves. The ambiance can be enjoyed year-round with or without the additional heating effects.
Electric fireplaces are a viable solution to lowering those dreaded energy bills, while setting the mood and creating a beautiful focal point to a room. More than 1/3 of Americans use some type of fireplace, which makes it worth comparing safety features since 36% of residential homes in rural areas catch fire every year. On average in the US, there is a fire resulting in injury every 30 minutes, and death every 169 minutes.
Electric fireplaces remain cool to the touch making them worry-free and ideal for family rooms and spaces where children and pets are around. Many have self-timers or remote controls that help save you money, providing up to 400 ft. of supplemental heat anywhere you need warming.
The cost to run an electric fireplace is as low as .07 an hour vs .17 an hour for gas. The purchase price can be under $200 and there are no installation costs, while brick lined hearths and mantels can run you up to $10,000 for custom installations.
Electric heaters are also better for the environment, producing zero emissions, while a gas furnace or stove releases less than 1/6 lbs into the air. The worst offender is the wood burning fireplace which results in over 245 lbs. of air pollution.