Gas Fireplace vs Electric Fireplace – the Pros and Cons
Fireplaces have become popular as household heating appliances. Given the choice between a gas fireplace and an electric fireplace, it’s important to know the pros and cons of both to help make an informed decision. If you are considering adding a fireplace in your house, get in touch with Alladin-Air Manufacturing Ltd. We have been providing quality gas and electric fireplaces in Calgary since 1963.
There are many good reasons to install a gas fireplace in your home, however, it's important to examine the advantages and disadvantages of a Gas Fireplace as they come in a variety of types and features. Before deciding whether a Gas or Electric Fireplace is the most suitable option for you, think about the amount of maintenance that is required, energy cost, budget, and the different types of venting options. We have put together some of the most common and important points to consider.
Pros of Gas Fireplaces
· Authentic Fire
Gas fireplaces mimic actual flame and provide aesthetics of an actual fire.
· Power Failure
These fireplaces operate without electricity and help with heating during a power failure.
· Low Maintenance
Gas fireplaces don’t need wood to burn, so you will have no ashes to clean. You can have a warm fire by just flipping a switch in gas fireplaces. With wood fireplaces, they have to be cleaned and repaired timely to maintain proper ventilation.
· Better Safety
Gas fireplaces have better safety compared to wood-burning fireplaces. With a wood fireplace, you have to be careful with your surroundings as the fire burns.
Cons of Gas Fireplaces
· Higher Installation Costs
Gas fireplaces need a venting system to operate properly. The vent will expel all the byproducts such as carbon monoxide outside the house. As carbon monoxide is generated, the entire system should be airtight. You will need to further investigate the different venting options available to see which one can best suit your needs.
· Require regular routine maintenance instead
Gas fireplaces might develop leaks after working properly for years. Check for any odour or hissing sound to determine the presence of leaks.
· Crackling Sounds
Unlike wood fireplaces, there will be no crackling sound or aromatic smell of burning firewood.
Electric fireplaces do not produce a lot of heat but can operate without using hardly any electricity. And they are much cheaper to buy than gas.
Pros of Electric Fireplaces
They are much easier to install as compared to gas fireplaces. Since they are powered by electricity, they don’t require any chimney or a gas line for expelling the byproducts.
Electric fireplaces don’t need fuel or wood, so you won’t have any combustion chamber for it. Due to this, the appearance of these fireplaces will always be brand new.
· Control of Heat
You control the amount of heat that is dispersed in the room with the help of a thermostat.
Unlike gas fireplaces, there is no fear of accidental gas leaks or any residual carbon monoxide emission.
Cons of Electric Fireplaces
Unlike wood or gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces do not produce real flames.
· Power Outage
Electric fireplaces can’t run without electricity. In case of a power outage, you might require an alternate power backup for the electric fireplace to function.
Alladin-Air Manufacturing Ltd. provides residential and commercial fireplaces including gas, electric, outdoor and wall –mounted fireplaces. We have been providing humidifiers, steam baths and heaters since 1963. Contact us today for custom gas or electric fireplace installations. in Calgary.