It is that time of the year – in many of the states here in the US, cold weather is gripping us in full force. I spend most of my mornings shivering in my car as I make my commute to work since the heater just never seems to turn on fast enough before I actually get there. Talk about pain, right?
Unfortunately, I know that a lot of living rooms are in the same sort of situation right now. After all, especially for renters, ensuring that we have proper insulation can be a real challenge. What can we really do about it, though?
Space heaters may seem like a viable option, but honestly, I find them to be bulky and inconvenient. Also, they can pose a fire hazard if left on for too long (especially when they are around something like blankets). It is not like we can install a wood-burning fireplace in our apartment though. Homeowners may not want to make that commitment either, since it requires a chimney and a lot of maintenance.
This begs the question: what other choices do we have? Well, today I would like to go over one that might seem strange but can work everywhere from an apartment to a mansion. Let us go ahead and dive right in, then.
Electric Fireplaces: What are they?
The purpose of an electric fireplace is to essentially mimic or mirror the appearance of a regular fireplace. However, at the same time, they do not necessitate the same level of maintenance or danger (in regard to the chance of a house fire). They can even offer more flexibility when it comes to design.
While some folks reading this may not care all that much about interior design (which I do understand), it does not hurt to make things cohesive. This will work in your favor later if you do decide to list your property for sale in the future. Most people prefer to live in a well decorated environment anyway, so I am sure this is not all that surprising to you.
As you can see in the images that I have shared with you today, electric fireplaces are versatile and can fit in seamlessly in pretty much any setup in the home. Whether you want to have it as a centerpiece in your living room or simply as a nice cozy spot to warm up a reading nook, you would be hard pressed to find an area it would not fit. There are more examples here, https://www.watsons.com/fireplaces/electric-fireplaces, if you are still curious.
What Makes them Special?
I know, I know – I have been hyping them a lot so far. This obviously begs the question: what makes them all that special, anyway? Why do I consider them to be such a good investment compared to some of the other types of fireplaces out there? Many reasons, as can be expected, so let us go ahead and get into it.
Perhaps what I find most appealing is that they are an eco-friendly way of heating my home compared to a wood-burning one or even a gas one. I consider myself to be an avid recycler and I care about the environment, so obviously I put high stock in this point. However, not everyone will feel that way, so we can move on to the next point.