6 Reasons to Replace Your Space Heater With an Electric Fireplace
Anyone who has used a box space heater is most certainly familiar with the quirks involved in owning one. They can be ineffective, have safety risks, and be an unsightly addition in any room. But many people still use box space heaters because they believe it’s the most convenient and cost-effective option….
Most people, however, don’t realize they can achieve the same benefits of a space heater, while reducing the downsides by replacing it with an electric fireplace. Here are the top 6 reasons why you should upgrade your living space to an electric fireplace and finally ditch that box space heater for good.
1. Cost Effective
An electric fireplace can last for years with little to no maintenance. And models like the Napoleon Cinema 24 can provide you with the style and warmth you’re looking for at an affordable price. And due to more flexible installation options compared to other types of fireplaces, installation costs are typically lower, too. You can simply install beneath an existing mantel, or recess into any wall, plug in and enjoy.
2. Improved Ambiance
Nobody has ever been amazed at the ambiance added to a room by a box space heater. And they certainly don’t add value to a home for prospective home buyers. However, you’re almost guaranteed to get comments from guests with stylish electric fireplaces like the Amantii BI-60-Slim or Napoleon Allure 72. And if room size is a concern, you can still achieve the same stylish upgrade with something like the Napoleon Azure Vertical 38 for those tight spaces.
3. Added Convenience
Anyone who has ever had to fidget with a pilot in a gas fireplace, clean the residue from a wood fireplace, or simply brave the annual search through the basement, garage or attic to find the space heater will surely appreciate the convenience of an electric fireplace. Heating the room is as easy as a reach for the remote included with most electric fireplaces. Some models go even further by giving you the ultimate in low-maintenance operation with a built-in thermostat, which adjusts the heat levels automatically, so you can enjoy that Netflix marathon without interruption.
4. Increased Safety
People with kids or pets know exactly what it’s like when the space heater is brought out. Your heart rate notably rises every time that little loved one gets close to – or even bumps into – the space heater, or trips over its power cord. And household items like blankets can be a serious fire hazard if they happen to come in contact with a space heater. With an electric fireplace, you don’t need to worry anymore about your loved ones around an unsafe space heater, or worrying about whether you remembered to turn it off when you left the house for safety reasons.
5. Flexible Installation
Since you don’t need access to a chimney or any ventilation source, the installation options for your electric fireplace are almost endless. Add warmth and ambiance to your bedroom by having an electric fireplace installed under a wall-mounted television, or give your bathroom the ultimate makeover with an electric fireplace, as pictured in the catalog for the Napoleon Allure Phantom 42. Furthermore, an electric fireplace can be a suitable option for those renting a home, since some models are wall-mounted.
6. More Heat (And Control)
Even the more expensive box space heaters will have you huddled close when the temperatures drop significantly. However, a standard electric fireplace can provide around 1,500 BTU, which can heat roughly 500 square feet. Furthermore, the heat can be controlled by either the remote or the built-in thermostat, depending on the model. You can even keep the digital flames on without the heat, if you’re just in the mood for that cozy feeling a fireplace gives you.
If you’re interested in putting the space heater in storage for good and upgrading to an electric fireplace, check out our inventory. Or if you’d prefer, you can stop by one of our showrooms, or contact us to speak with a Fireplace Warehouse representative today.