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Using an electric fireplace not only adds a warm and cozy atmosphere to any room, but it is also one of the more energy efficient ways to warm your home. Unlike gas and wood burning fireplaces, electric fireplaces do not require a duct or flue system, meaning that all of the heat produced remains in the room instead of being vented outside the house. Many wood burning fireplaces actually lose more heat through the chimney than they add through their fire! An electric fireplace neatly solves this problem, keeping all of the warmth that is produced inside your home.

If you would like to enjoy the ambiance of an electric fireplace during the warmer months, most models come with the option to run the flame only with no heat production. Running the flame by itself is very economical, and usually costs only about one or two cents for a full hour of enjoyment.

A regular electric fireplace usually produces about 5,000 BTUs of heat, which is comparable to a space heater and which is usually enough to warm a small to standard sized room. Although the energy costs can vary depending on the premium on electricity at any given time, a 5,000 BTU electric fireplace usually costs only about seven or eight cents an hour to enjoy. Although this might be slightly more expensive than the hourly rate of your central heating, the additional pleasure you receive from the flames will be worth it. Furthermore, you have the option of turning off the central heating in the full house, and simply enjoying the electrical fireplace’s warmth in the room where you spend most of your time. If you require even more heating power in your home, electric fireplaces are also available in 7,500 and 10,000 BTU models.
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