There is no doubt modern electric fires are a million miles away from those many people will remember from the 80s and 90s. Gone are the cheesy plastic fake coals and the all too obvious fluttering strips of material behind a screen. While they may have been OK in days gone by they would not cut the mustard now and that’s a very good thing. Electric fires are now a very serious option for a number of reasons but one of the really big ones is that they look amazing.
Flexible Installation and Low Running Costs
One of the big advantages of choosing an electric fire is that you do not need a chimney, which is handy when it comes to flats and new build homes. This means they can be installed in different places without being constrained by a flue. They are also normally simpler to install in general so can be a cheaper option depending on where you want it and what may need to be done to fit the fireplace.
The actual cost of heating will be looked at later but the running costs of electric fires are low. By running costs we mean maintenance and upkeep. They do not need to be cleaned and swept like a real fire, they do not need the same level of servicing as gas fires and with modern LED lighting, the bulbs don’t need to be changed for a very long time either. Keeping an electric fire looking good is as simple as dusting and cleaning anything other items in your home.
Cost Of Heating
As we continue to move towards a greener and greener energy culture an electric fire can be a great choice. They can be run with no heat so you can enjoy the visual effect for a tiny amount of money. But they can also be used to give warmth very efficiently. If you were to choose a renewable energy supplier you could, in fact, heat your lounge in an almost totally sustainable way.
Cons of Electric Fires
There really aren’t any real negative aspects to an electric fire but there is, perhaps, some personal taste involved. At the end of the day, an electric fire does not use a real flame. This, for some people, means they may look at Gas or a real fire. But we often find that when people come into our Surrey showroom they are blown away by the realism of the electric fires we stock and quite often the pros soon outweigh this small negative.
As with most types of fire, there are a lot of different design choices so why not get in touch and speak to our friendly team or pop into the showroom and find out more.