Fireplaces provide warmth during cold seasons, therefore, enhancing comfort in our homes. In addition, they add an aesthetic benefit, giving your home a certain feel of sophistication.
Selecting the best type of fireplace for your home can be overwhelming as there are so many flame varieties readily available in the market. The two major types being gas and electric. These two have so many similarities which make it even trickier to decide between the two. Looking at the differences helps make the decision making easier. Here are the three major differences between gas and electric fireplaces.
Gas fireplaces create flames through combustion of natural gases. In gas fireplaces, the production of heat is imminent as gas is being burnt. Therefore, the appearance of flames is followed by the production of heat. This is both an advantage and as a disadvantage. On the upside, it produces more heat than in electric fireplaces while on the downside, heat is created regardless of whether your room to get heated or not.
On the other hand, electric fireplaces operate by producing flames and heat separately. This is because the flame and heater are installed separately. The benefit of this is that the heater can be turned off, when heat is not required, leaving only the flame. This makes electric fireplaces energy-efficient in comparison to gas fireplaces. However, these types of fireplaces produce less heat than gas fireplaces.
A gas fireplace requires vents in order to get rid of gases produced during combustion. This causes loss of some of the heat produced. As for electric types, no vents are required. Besides, no combustion takes place here, hence, defeating the necessity of vents. The unavailability of vents ensures that every last bit of heat produced is retained in the room. Again, making them the energy-efficient option.
Electric fireplaces are designed such that they detect room temperatures and turn on off when necessary. When the room is adequately heated, heaters in electric fireplaces automatically turn off, only leaving the flame. This helps you prevent wastage of energy and overheating of rooms. The case is different for gas fireplaces.
Gas fireplaces do not detect room temperatures and continue to operate even when the room is adequately supplied with heat. This causes overheating, which might trigger your furnace’s thermostat to turn off heat provision to the rest of the house, even where the fireplace heat cannot reach. This is inconveniencing, not to talk of an unnecessary waste of energy.
Considering this factors before making a purchase will not only help you make a choice to match your interior décor desires, it will also help you save on energy costs.