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Electric Fireplaces vs Gas Fireplaces

Knowing the differences between electric fireplaces and gas fireplaces can help you choose the best option for your home. At Expert Electric, we understand how beneficial electric fireplaces can be. That is why we offer a range of residential electrical services for helping homeowners install electric fireplaces.

Electric Fireplaces

While electric fireplaces do not create actual flames, just the illusion of them, they can still be used to provide heat and ambiance to a space. Electric fireplaces use a fan forced heater and, in some cases, water vapour and light, to create heat and simulate smoke and flames. While most people tend to first think of electric fireplaces as fake-looking, the many advancements in technology have made it increasingly difficult to tell an electric fireplace from a gas fireplace.

Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are a popular option and are often used as an alternative to wood burning fireplaces. Since gas fireplaces are easier to install than wood burning fireplaces, this type of fireplace is often used for repurposing old fireplaces with an insert.

The Benefits of Electric Fireplaces Compared to Gas Fireplaces

While gas fireplaces tend to be a popular choice for replacing old wood burning fireplaces, the popularity of electric fireplaces has continued to increase over the years. This is because electric fireplaces are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, emitting zero toxins or fine particles that can be potentially dangerous. Unlike with gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces can often be portable, meaning that they can be moved from one location to the next with ease, and can be used without the heat turned on to create ambiance. Electric fireplaces are also safer than gas fireplaces because they will never get hot enough to burn skin.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between electric fireplaces and gas fireplaces, or if you are interested in one of our residential electrical services or commercial electrical services, please contact Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.