Why Choose Electric?
Wondering if an Electric Fireplace is right for your project?
There are lots of reasons why an electric fireplace may be perfect for your project. If you’re concerned about energy efficiency, family safety, or climate change, you’re going to love how electric fireplaces address your concerns. Did we mention that electric fireplaces are also less expensive and easier to install than gas or wood-burning fireplaces?
How are Electric Fireplaces better than Gas?
Operate the flames with or without heat.
Thermostat control. Zone heating up to 800 s.f.
Pay less to buy, install & operate than gas.
No hot glass. No carbon monoxide.
Zero venting. Zero gas line. Zero clearance.
No carbon emissions. Not adding to climate change.
Electric Fireplaces & TVs
Electric fireplaces cost less to operate than gas fireplaces. With the heater set to maximum, all the time, an electric fireplace will use up to $0.18 per hour. Most people set the heater to cycle on and off, and at 50% usage, an electric fireplace with the heater on will use about $0.09 per hour. With the heater turned off, it costs $0.003 to $0.03 per hour to operate. Annually, the average cost to operate an electric fireplace is about $100, compared to $200 to $500 per year to operate a gas fireplace. Napoleon has an easy Electric Fireplace Cost Calculator that you can use to get a more accurate estimate for your area.
Almost all electric fireplaces include an integrated heater, which is separate from the flame generation. This allows you to have the flame effect while controlling the amount of heat, so you may run the fireplace with or without heat, but you will always have flames. Heat output varies from 2500 BTU’s to 9200 BTU’s, depending on the model. Most electric fireplaces will comfortably take the chill off a 400 square foot area.
There are no clearance issues for an electric fireplace. Since there is nothing burning inside the fireplace, there is no requirement to surround it with non-flammable materials. You may install on drywall, wood, tile or stone – whatever you like. However, it is important to distinguish between units that are designed to be mounted on the wall from those that are designed to be in the wall or in a cabinet. Be aware of where the heat is being emitted, and be sure not to block the heat output. Likewise, you should never have flammable materials (like draperies) in direct contact with any heat vents.