3 Myths about Electric Fireplaces - Dispelled
If you haven’t considered an electric fireplace as an option then you might be operating under some false assumptions about them. This post will turn those assumptions on their head, and dispel some common myths about electric fireplaces so that you can make an informed choice.
Myth #1: Electric fireplaces are too expensive to operate
Pennies a day! That is all it costs to operate an electric fireplace in your home.
While many believe that electric fireplaces are high energy consumers, this is a myth. Based on average electricity rates, the total cost to operate the flame and heater of a 1500 watt electric fireplace is approximately 8¢ per hour (when the heater cycles at 50%).
And, because electric is 100% efficient, all of the inputted energy (and associated costs) is converted to heat and ambiance.
It also has less impact on the environment and your health.
Electric produces zero emissions - no greenhouse gases, no fine particulates and no carbon monoxide. This means you can maintain peace of mind knowing that your family is healthy and because they are the only fireplace that can be fueled by a renewable resource, such as the sun, they really are the next generation in fireplaces.
Myth #2: Electric fireplace flames don't look realistic
Electric fireplaces have come a long way since their conception. Years of innovation and research pioneered by Dimplex, have resulted in beautiful fireplaces that are incredibly realistic.
Technologies like Opti-myst, Opti-V, and Revillusion offer flame experiences that would be mistaken for that of a traditional wood burning fireplace, but they come with all the benefits and features that are only available with electric.
Myth #3: Electric fireplaces don't put out enough heat
Electric fireplaces were designed with comfort and convenience in mind and heat production is a big part of that.
All of our electric fireplaces produce a warm, gentle and even heat throughout your space, using silent fan-forced heaters. The amount of space that can be comfortably heated, depends on the output of your electric fireplace. However, an average fireplace with 1500 watts can heat approximately 150 sq.ft. or a 10’x15’ room.
And, as we mentioned before, electric fireplaces are 100% efficient. This means all of the energy used to run the heater is being converted to warmth. There is zero heat escaping out of a vent or chimney, ensuring even more comfort.