Look at the advantages of choosing an electric fireplace over gas!
|Criteria||Electric Fireplace||Gas Fireplace|
|Price||Start under $600. Usual range is $1200 to $3000.||Start at $2000. Usual range is $3000 to $6000.|
|Cost to Operate||About 0.3 to 3 cents per hour, without heat. About 19 cents per hour with heat on 100% of the time. Most people run heater less than 50% of time||About 20 cents to 40 cents per hour, depending on BTUs.|
|Installation||No venting required. Can go on any wall.
Most connect to standard 120V electrical outlet. Some may require hardwire connection. Some have optional 240V connection.
|Venting required. Must go on outside wall.
Gas line must be brought to site.
|Portability||Easily moved.||Not easily moved.|
|Heat||Controlled by thermostat.
Flame can stay on when heater is off.
Ideal for rooms up to 400 square feet.
|Controlled by thermostat.
Flame and heater go on and off together.
Ideal for rooms larger than 1000 square feet.
No heat lost through venting.
|70% to 80% efficient.
20% to 30% heat lost through venting.
|Maintenance||No regular maintenance required.||Annual safety inspections recommended.|
|Safety||No flame to burn. Glass and metal will not get hot enough to burn on contact. (No safety screen required.) No Carbon Monoxide generated.||Glass face at 200 degrees Celsius may burn on contact. Safety screen required.
Carbon Monoxide may be generated.
|Usage Period||Year-round.||Limited to colder months.|
|Options||Flames may change colour. Wide range of ember media available.||Flames do not change colour. Ember media limited.|
Bottom Line: An electric fireplace is your best option if:
- you need to heat less than 400 to 1000 square feet, or you want no heat at all.
- you want to minimize the cost to purchase, install, operate and maintain a fireplace.
- you are environmentally conscious and focused on energy-efficiency.
- you are concerned about the safety of children, seniors or pets around the fireplace.
Are you ready to see how an electric fireplace can add a stylish touch to your home or business? Visit or call us today.