When the winter knocks on your door, for sure you will start thinking on buying some heating object that will keep you warm. There are different kinds and models of heating object but the most popular ones are vent free gas fireplaces, as well as electric fireplaces. Both of them have advantages and disadvantages, and here we will try to explain better which heating object is better for your needs. Right away, we can say that electric fireplaces are much safer. However, vent free gas fireplaces are anyway a better solution that having classic fireplaces which require a lot of work, and which are always messy. Except vent free gas fireplaces exist vented gas fireplaces and the main difference between the two of them is that vent free fireplaces produce a hot flame which absorbs completely the gas through combustion. Since these fireplaces don’t have any vent, it is not so unusual that moisture can appear and form condensation inside the room’s windows.
The truth is that gas appliances are not dangerous at all when they are installed properly, but this is something that cannot be done by an amateur. This is because the person who should install these fireplaces needs to understand about gas hook-up procedures. Since gas appliances and heaters produce real flames which can cause emission of carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if appears in larger quantity in the air. Compared to electric fireplaces, we can say that electric ones are much safer because they don’t produce heat with fire. Also, electric fireplaces are usually made of materials which are cool to the touch; therefore they are completely safe near children or pets.
Electric fireplaces are cheaper to operate but of course this depends on local utility rates. Electric fireplaces are very easy to install. Electric fireplaces are usually freestanding models, so they can be placed wherever you want inside the house, without any special installation. Some electric fireplaces can be put inside the wall for example, and those kinds of fireplaces usually have glass doors which have to be installed on the front part of the unit. Also, electric fireplaces don’t have any combustion, so they don’t require any kind of vent or chimney. Electric fireplaces are versatile. They are portable and you can move them from one room to the another. The most popular electric fireplaces are the wall mount models. These are mounted directly on the wall, and they are perfect for people who can’t have a built in model. Overall, electric fireplaces and vent free gas fireplaces have one thing in common – they don’t require ventilation systems. But the electric fireplaces have one advantage, and that is the fact that they are much safer.