Upgrade and Discover the Green Advantage of Electric Fireplaces
With threats of global warming and environmental degradation, more people are trying to do their part to help the environment. One successful way to reduce your carbon footprint is by using an energy-efficient home heating source. One that doesn’t rely heavily on natural resources, and won’t produce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Electric fireplaces are the greener alternative to gas and wood-burning fireplaces these days. They use energy-efficient lighting and heat your living space without burning wood or fossil fuels.
And best of all, they are very easy to install and use. If you have an existing fireplace hearth, you can cap your chimney and insert an electric fireplace. You can also opt for a wall-mounted fireplace, or keep your fireplace portable for use in different rooms around your home.
Get excited about reducing your carbon footprint with a convenient, cost-effective alternative! Here’s how electric fireplaces can help.
Do Not Rely on Natural Resources
Electric fireplaces do not need gas or firewood as a fuel source; instead, they run off electricity. They work by heating the cool air that gets sucked in and slowly release the warmed air back out into the room through a fan.
Sourcing firewood often emits CO2 in the air, while also removing Earth’s natural air purifiers. And gas fireplaces rely on burning fossil fuels, which are a non-renewable resource that poses threats to the environment when sourced.
Convert 100% of Energy to Light & Heat
A big plus about electric fireplaces is that none of the heat energy they produce gets wasted compared to other fireplaces that will lose up to 50% of heat energy through vents and chimneys. Electric fireplaces also use 90% less energy to produce flames compared to gas fireplaces.
Do Not Emit Harmful Gases
Since there is no combustion involved in electric fireplaces, these fireplaces do not produce harmful emissions in the air both outside and inside the home.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is one especially harmful by-product of burning gas and wood. Without a properly vented fireplace and room, CO is toxic and can be fatal. This odorless, tasteless, and colourless gas leads to CO poisoning if people are exposed to it for too long. This is why CO detectors are necessary for homes with gas appliances.
Many electric fireplaces also come with air filters, so they purify indoor air, making it even healthier to breathe in.
Use Zone Heating
Since electric fireplaces can heat a 400-square-foot room (20 feet by 20 feet), you can rely on this zone heating to reduce energy consumption and costs. If you and your family are sitting by the fireplace in the living room, turn down the heat elsewhere in your home and conserve energy.
Use New Energy-Efficient Light Technology
LED (light-emitting diode) light bulbs are the new bright, durable, and energy-efficient lighting source for many electric fireplaces. LED lights use only 10% of the watts that incandescent lights use to produce the same amount of light. LED bulbs also last for over 75,000 hours, whereas incandescent lights only last about 2,000 hours.
Electric Fireplaces – A Cost-Effective Solution
Sourcing natural gas or firewood can be costly to fuel your fireplace all winter long. But electric fireplaces only add pennies per hour to your electricity bill. It costs about 3 cents an hour to use the flames alone, and 8 to 12 cents an hour to run the heat with the flames.
If you’re interested in going green and upgrading your home with eco-friendly appliances, consider electric fireplaces. These are a good supplemental heating source for your home that will help reduce your carbon footprint. And they can easily take the place of your existing fireplace, without the extra maintenance and safety hazards.