Electric vs. Gas Fireplaces

December 26, 2019

Fireplaces offer a lot of benefits when it comes to your home; they add so much comfort and can even boost the value of your home. There are a variety of different fireplaces though, so you’ll want to know all of the options, a couple of the most popular options are Electric and Gas fireplaces. These types of fireplaces are similar in the way that they’re easier to maintain than wood-burning fireplaces and easier to use. With both gas and electric fireplaces, there is no need to chop down wood or have a place to store it. Both fireplace options are great; it’s just about choosing what is right for you and your home. Continue reading to learn the differences between electric and gas fireplaces. 


Some of the top benefits of gas fireplaces are convenience, ambiance, and comfort, but those aren’t the only benefits of gas fireplaces. Gas allows you to tap into a fuel source that is likely already in use in your home. You can have a beautiful, cozy fire in your home with about as much effort as it takes to fiddle with your thermostat. The flames in a gas fireplace most closely mimic the look of an authentic wood-burning fireplace. If your home doesn’t currently have a gas line, then adding one to install a gas fireplace will significantly add to the cost. 


A hugely popular option for smaller homes and apartments are electric fireplaces. They are a low-cost option that allows you to save space, and they don’t require a chimney or gas line like wood or gas fireplaces would need. Some electric fireplaces are even portable, so you can move it to where it’s needed most in your home. One of the tradeoffs of low-cost and portability of electric fireplaces is that it doesn’t add much value to your home. A gas or wood-burning fireplace will be more costly than electric but could pay for itself when it comes time to sell your home. 

Bottom Line

Both electric and gas fireplaces are excellent options for heating your home during the winter months while adding ambiance. They’re also much lower maintenance compared to wood-burning fireplaces and don’t require you to install a chimney. With both options, there’s no need to head into your backyard to chop wood or have a woodshed to store it and keep it dry. Electric and gas fireplaces are made for homeowners who want the warmth and comfort of a fireplace but need the convenience and ease of turning the fire on and off with a switch. 

If you are interested in getting a new fireplace and need help deciding on what type, our team is here to help. Please feel free to reach out to our team at 800-472-1717 or through our online contact form.  

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