Everyone loves to cozy up to a fireplace in the winter. An electric or gas fireplace can be an amazing option if you don't want to deal with the mess or safety concerns that come with burning wood. That leaves you with the choice of a gas fireplace vs. electric fireplace when you're building a new home or renovating an existing one.
The debate continues on whether a gas fireplace is better than an electric fireplace, with many home builders offering gas models by default. However there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about a gas fireplace vs. an electric fireplace. Here’s what you need to know to compare them.
Produces real flames
Heats the room quickly
Can reduce the use of furnace
More environmentally friendly
Increases resale value of home
Costs more to run
Costs more to purchase and install
Glass doors are hot enough to burn
Potential for gas leak
Fast and easy installation
Cheaper to run
Little to no maintenance
Little safety risk
Can be enjoyed year-round by turning on flames with no heat
Does not produce real flames
Does not heat as well
Less environmentally friendly
Can take longer to feel the heat produced
While our desire for a fireplace isn’t new, what that fireplace looks like, and how it operates, is changing. No matter which fireplace you choose to suit your lifestyle and budget, you can rest assured that both are great options!
Resources from the following links can be found at Fixr, Burning Log, and Stylish Fireplaces.
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