Electric vs. Wood Fireplaces: The Pros and Cons of Each

Fireplaces are generally alternative heat sources in a home. Nevertheless, not all fireplaces are the same. Wood fireplaces are preferred by a number of homeowners because of the rustic appeal they add to a home. Electric fireplace on the other hand is a darling for some homeowners because it is cheap and easy to maintain. Unfortunately, electric fireplaces lack the traditional look that wood-burning fireplaces have.

So before making a decision on whether to invest in an electric or wood fireplace, consider the pros and cons of each fireplace:

Electric Fireplace

The Pros

The following are some of the reasons why you may find electric fireplaces appealing:

–          Electric fireplaces tend to effortlessly complement homes with contemporary architectural designs.

–          The cost of acquisition and installation is generally lower compared to that of a wood-burning fireplace.

–          Because the unit is free-standing, it can easily be transferred from one room to the other. Consequently, an electric fireplace offers more convenience compared to a wood fireplace.

–          The diminutive size of an electric fireplace makes it ideal for use in condos, studio apartments and homes where installation of wood-burning fireplace is not feasible.

–          Installation of an electric fireplace means that you can relish the ambiance provided by fire with or devoid of heat.

The Cons

The following are some of the drawbacks of investing in an electric fireplace:

–          Electric fireplaces lack the organic look which wood-burning fireplaces tend to have.

–          Electric fireplaces do not generate the kind of aroma or crackling noises produced by wood-burning fireplaces.

Wood-Burning Fireplace

The Pros

The benefits of wood fireplaces can be summarized as follows:

–          Wood fireplaces will provide you with heat even if there is a power outage.

–          The use of wood to generate heat helps to cut down energy bills in the winter.

–          Wood-burning fireplaces are charming because of their traditional look, aroma of burning wood and crackling sounds made while burning wood.

The Cons

The following are some of the reasons why you may find electric fireplaces better than wood-burning fireplaces:

–          Installation and maintenance cost is extremely high.

–          They are not ideal for use in smaller houses and homes with contemporary architectural design.

–          Wood-burning fireplaces are not energy efficient. It is believed that up to 90% if heat is lost through the chimney.

–          Burning of wood in order to produce heat tends to leave behind a lot of mess. Consequently, you need to clean the chimney at least once every year in order to ensure proper combustion of wood.


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