Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with a firm decision when you are surrounded by so many options for heating your home. Every option has its own pros and cons, and sometimes it can be very daunting trying to choose between them. The most common heating options are gas, wood and electric heating.
Electric fireplaces are mainly designed for use during the winter season. Since it does not require the consumption of gas or wood, it can be a good alternative if you don’t have access to a ton of wood or gas.
Electric fireplaces look very stylish as you have the option to have them freestanding or wall-mounted, and they also can be operated with a remote control from a safe distance.
Benefits of an electric fireplace
Unlike wood and gas fireplaces, an electric fireplace can be more environment-friendly as it does not emit any fumes, nor does it require wood for fuel or ash removal.
These are some of the problems you can face when opting for a conventional type of fireplace, so if you have one, you need to pay attention to some mandatory tasks like regular disposal of ashes, stocking extra wood, removing the build-up in your chimney, etc.
Some people suffer from allergies as a result of the fumes from wood burning fireplaces. With a gas fireplace there is also a potential risk of gas leakage, so it is important to keep all sources of flame well contained. Most importantly, the cost for running both the gas and wood fireplaces can be much higher than the cost of electricity consumed by an electric fireplace.
Installing electric fireplaces can save you from some extra costs associated with other types of fireplaces. They do not require a chimney installation and the maintenance costs required are less than for gas or wood burning. Electric fireplaces are often portable and do not require installation charges as they are very easy to install.
The technology involved in electric fireplaces can offer you different temperatures by simply clicking your remote control. Depending on the model, you can sometimes control the colour of the flames as well, depending on your mood.
Other requirements for an electric fireplace
It is relatively simple to install the system yourself if you just follow the installation kit instructions.
Generally, no additional space is required for this product. However, before buying an electric fireplace, you must ensure a dedicated circuit for supplying electricity is available. Energy requirements can vary from different brands and models of electric fireplaces, so make sure to discuss the energy requirement of your product with the store and set up a powerpoint as appropriate. If your at all unsure, it is a good idea to employ the services of a licenced electrician to install this for you.
The placement of the fireplace is important, as you need to avoid any risk of fire in your home. Ensure that you don’t place anything on top of the fireplace, and keep it away from any flammable objects such as blankets and clothing.
If you’d like to explore your electric heating options, get in touch with us today at one of our three Gold Coast stores and speak to one of our friendly staff. Or visit us at our new online store for added convenience.