If you enjoy the flickering glow and ambiance of a fire but don't want to deal with ash and chimney cleaning, you might want to think about installing an electric fireplace instead. Here are a few of the reasons you might want to consider an electric fireplace for your home.
An electric fireplace will save you on your heating cost because the insert will block most of the draft sources in the fireplace structure. You won't need to have an open flue, so that eliminates a significant source of heat loss. Maximize this efficiency by calling a chimney sweep to seal the chimney completely before you install the fireplace. Not only do you have less heat loss, but all of the energy that an electric fireplace uses is turned into heat. That means you get the maximum possible heat production and the full benefit of that heat.
Electric fireplaces don't require the combustion that happens with gas or wood burning fireplaces, so there's no carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide produced. That limits the environmental effect without reducing the comfort levels of your home.
For particularly large homes and those that are a challenge to heat, an electric fireplace allows you to create a new heat zone in the home. Putting the fireplace in the largest or most open space in the house adds extra heat to that area so that you don't have to turn the thermostat up so high to warm that space. This reduces the risk of overheating the other areas of the home, essentially creating heating zones for more balanced heating throughout the house.
You can also choose to install your fireplace with a controllable fan so that you can turn off the heat production at will. That comes in handy when you want to be able to enjoy your fireplace even in the summer months. All you have to do is turn off the heat production so that you get all of the ambiance without the excess heat.
Now that you understand some of the benefits of installing an electric fireplace, you'll be better informed to decide if it's right for your home. If you do decide to install one, you should work with a local electrician like Advantage Electric to connect it directly to your home's electrical circuit. That way, it is safely connected and has a consistent and reliable power supply.