Today’s homes have fireplaces for many reasons beyond the reason homes in ages past did. In the “old days,” a source of fire within a dwelling meant heat and a way to cook food. Aesthetics weren’t a concern, and neither was convenience. These days, fireplace users want the whole package, and for many of them, modern electric fireplaces fit the bill.
Some people think that an electric fireplace is really just a glorified space heater. Nothing could be further from the truth. Electric fireplaces today are the result of many years of design technology and quality improvement, resulting in a handsome appliance that in many ways strikes an amazing resemblance to traditional wood or gas fireplaces.
Electric fireplace benefits and features
Convenience: With an electric fireplace, when you want heat you flip a switch. When you don’t want heat, you don’t flip it. That’s how simple it is.
Top names: Many of the manufacturers whose names we love and trust in traditional fireplace also make electric varieties – Amantii, Dimplex and Napoleon, to name three of the best.
Eye appeal: When shopping for fireplaces, most customers are amazed at how realistic the flame appearance is in electric fireplaces. Far from just a few heated coils, these units are designed for ambience and realism.
No venting: Venting a gas fireplace can be a little tricky, and venting a wood fireplace can be a major project. Electric fireplaces don’t have vents, so venting won’t be an issue for you.
Safety: The room-facing materials of electric fireplaces don’t get scorching hot the way gas and wood fireplaces to. Since there’s no flame, nothing will catch on fire, and no embers and sparks will be popping out of the firebox.
Environmental concerns: The radiant heat from electricity does not harm the atmosphere like toxic smoke from a pile of burning logs.
Low-maintenance: We probably should say “virtually no maintenance,” because electric fireplaces don’t have moving parts that can break or create messy deposits and ashes that have to be constantly dealt with.
Easy installation: An electric fireplace can be placed in an existing fireplace or hung on the wall. It’s very simple and fast to be up and running.
Where you want them: With electric fireplaces, you can beautify any room in your home. Without the need for venting and space-renovation, they can be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, workshops and anywhere else.
Economical: Electric fireplace cost around .18 cents an hour to operate. Add to that the savings on cleaning, maintenance and installation, and this type of unit makes good financial sense for many homeowners.
Stop by Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces of Toronto to see a fine selection of modern electric fireplaces from the best manufacturers. We’re at 3322 Dundas Street West. Reach us by phone at (416) 762-4582.