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January 21, 2020

Are Electric Fireplaces Worth It? 9 Advantages of Electric Fireplaces

If you’re on the fence, these 10 advantages of electric fireplaces might be able to change your mind! If you love the overall aesthetic of fireplaces but hate maintaining them, an electric fireplace is exactly what you need. You decide which is the best advantage of electric fireplaces!

Low Maintenance

Possibly the biggest advantage of electric fireplaces is the fact that they’re low maintenance. That’s right! No more fiddling around with fire starters, kindling, or logs. With the simple touch of a button, you can have flames in mere seconds.

When you’re dozing off in the glow of the electric fire, you don’t need to wait till the fire dies down to head to bed. Once again, the touch of a button can extinguish the flames almost immediately so you can sleep safely.


A neat feature of an electric fireplace is the fact that they produce enough warmth to heat up a room. However, they remain much cooler than the average gas or wood burning fire. There’s no need to worry about your child getting their hands on hot glass or setting anything on fire. The electric flame doesn’t get nearly as hot as a wood or gas flame does, so your children, pets, and house are safe from your typical fire-place related accidents, making this a huge advantage of electric fireplaces.

Use All Year Round

Sure, you might not want the heat of a fireplace in the sweltering Iowa summer heat, but what about in the flame? Do you ever wish you could have a roaring fire in the background of your evening activities without all the warmth? An electric fireplace can provide you just that. Because the heat and flame operate independently of one another, you can turn on the flame and opt out of the heat. Perfect for the next time you curl up with a good book on a rainy fall evening. That’s the beauty of modern electric fireplaces!

No Smoke

Those of us with a sensitivity to smoke will love benefit #5: no smoke! Because an electric fireplace doesn’t actually burn wooden logs, users can enjoy the aesthetics of a realistic electric fireplace, without suffering from the smoke!


Electric fireplaces are notably more energy efficient than all other fireplaces in a number of different ways, making this one of the biggest benefits of an electric fireplace!

a. Because heat rises, traditional fireplaces lose a large amount of heat through the chimney. Therefore, electric fireplaces are a much more energy-efficient way to heat a room, in part because they heat a room much faster.

b. Additionally, many electric fireplaces use LED light bulbs in place of incandescent bulbs. This is because LED lights consume less energy than regular lights. The great thing about LED bulbs is that:

 i. They have a lifespan of about 50,000 hours and they don’t contain any mercury. This helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

ii. LED bulbs produce about 90% less heat than incandescent bulbs. That means LED lights stay cool to the touch (see benefit #3).

c. Since electric fireplaces don’t use wooden logs, no trees are harmed in the production of your cozy flame.


Something you might not have attributed to electric fireplaces is the benefit of saving space. Because electric fireplaces don’t use wooden logs, you would no longer need logs, pokers, kindling, metal guards, etc. You can pitch it all because electric fireplaces are so low maintenance. You can merely turn them on with the touch of a button or the turn of a dial. Just another reason to love modern electric fireplaces!

The Ashley Willowtown White Log Fireplace with Insert features a nearly 30 inch wide top area to display your décor. This fireplace can conveniently heat up a 400 square foot room. Find this piece in our outlet at an unbeatable price!

Money Saving

Another amazing advantage of electric fireplaces is the money-saving aspect! Aside from saving money on firewood, electric fireplaces can save you more money than other fireplaces. Because electric fireplaces retain more heat and warm a room quicker than wood-burning fireplaces (see benefit #7), they are more cost-efficient as well. Electric fireplaces cost less to maintain because you won’t have to spend money on installation, chimney cleaning, service checks, and more. Between materials, services, and loss of heat, electric fireplaces can keep more cash in your wallet and skim some dollars off your energy bill as well.

Easy To Install

To install a wood-burning fireplace, one often needs to hire a professional. An added benefit of electric fireplaces is that they are loads easier to install than traditional wood-burning stoves. Just plug it in and you’re ready! And, here at Homemakers, we make the buying process easy. For larger pieces of furniture, such as an electric fireplace, our warehouse team will load it into your car for you! So, you don’t have to worry about lugging a heavy fireplace through the store and out to your car. Additionally, buyers can opt to have their fireplace delivered to their home! Learn all about Homemakers’ delivery option here.

Safe For Apartments

Wood or gas fireplaces are absolutely not allowed in apartments due to the fire hazard they present. Apartment dwellers can still enjoy the comfort of a fireplace with electric fireplaces. Electric fireplaces are simply plugged into an outlet and don’t produce hazardous heat or smoke, making them perfect for a rented space!

You can’t go wrong with a modern electric fireplace. They’re safe, easy, eco-friendly, and functional! Shop all electric fireplaces online or visit us in store!


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