Why an Electric Fireplace is a Great Investment

Published: 27th January 2009
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No one can deny the sheer aristocratic appeal of a classical old fashioned fire place. But in these times of economic recession and credit crunch, the concept is a pretty impossible one. Not only is there the recurring cost on all kinds of fuel, like wood, oil or gas, there is also the issue of fire place accessories like fire poker, chimney wiring, etc, that are an additional expense. But what if we could come up with an option that takes care of all these problems? Say a heating devise that is affordable, less cumbersome, easy to install and doesn't run on costly fuels. How about an electrical fireplace?

There are three cardinal reasons why an electrical fireplace is a cost effective method to warm your home.

It is electrically powered, which means it relies on an energy source that is significantly less expensive than burning wood, oil, or gas.

It will provide localized, ambient heat, rather unlike your average thermostat; the common thermostat will waste ample energy and fuel in order to heat your entire home, even unoccupied rooms where heating is unnecessary.

Third there are no adjacent costs on accessories or corresponding machinery like cleaning treatments or matches or fire pokers. All that is needed to install this cost effective gadget is an initial payment and the recurring electricity bill every month.

So you see, this is a fantastic way to save a ton of cash that would otherwise go towards wasting energy and inefficiently heating your home. An electrical fireplace is, clearly, the more economical and financially intelligent option.

A BTU is a standard unit of measurement that gauges the amount of heat emitted by any indoor or outdoor heating device. For example 5000 BTU is able to heat a standard room of 500 square foot. Now, guess how much heat the average standing electric fireplace yields at normal operational levels? Bet you can't guess. 10000 BTUs. Now can you beat that?

There are a number of substantial and important reasons why an electrical fireplace is so efficient. Not only do these installations prove to be cost efficient throughout the installation process, but they are also a viable and desirable economic option in the long term. Besides they are very specific in the dispensing of warmth and saves money by not wasting heat in places where not required. If you are careful and thoughtful with your fireplace installation, and put it in just the right location, you may never need to adjust your thermostat beyond its lowest operational level. It should be noted that it's never a good idea to turn your thermostat entirely off in the coldest months, however (you should keep it running at its lowest setting); turning your thermostat off in the winter may lead to freezing pipes, which a localized heater simply cannot warm.

Traditional fireplaces not only need cumbersome accessories but sometimes it needs a complete overhauling of the existing chimney or rewiring of the same. And they will always need a constant supply of wood. Electricity, as an energy source, is quite cheaper; but furthermore, the amount of energy used by an electric-powered device is considerably less. In the long term, they are remarkably cost effective and economically friendly; in fact, the average monthly charge for regularly using such a fireplace is within the range of 14 cents.


My name is Wyatt Frisk, and I am a freelance writer in San Diego. I am something of an electric fireplace fan. I want to share my knowledge and appreciation for electric fireplaces with you, and hope to answer all your fireplace questions at PortableFireplace.com.

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