• Is an Electric Fireplace Insert Right for You?

    Is an Electric Fireplace Insert Right for You?

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    Most homeowners love the ability to have a warm fire in their living space.  In fact, according to a USA Today report, 40% of potential home buyers are willing to pay $1,400 extra for properties which have a fireplace installed.  If your home is currently lacking one, there are some alternatives such as an electric fireplace insert.  While not as well-known as a gas unit or wood-burning stove, an electric insert can be an attractive alternative.  Prior to investing though, it is important to decide if this choice is right for you and your home.iStock_000017522722Large

    Below are the pros and cons of an electric fireplace insert.

    Pros

    • Electric fireplace inserts are often inexpensive to purchase and install.
    • Unlike gas units which require a gas hookup, these units are easy to install and require a simple grounded outlet.
    • Because no byproducts are created when using these units, electric fireplace inserts need very little maintenance and retain their appearance for many years.

    Cons

    • Users often complain that the look and feel of the unit’s flames is more artificial when compared to a gas or wood-burning unit. 
    •  Costly to operate.  If you already have hefty utility fees, the additional electricity use will only add to your monthly bill.  
    • Unlike gas and wood-burning units, electrical units cannot be used during power outages.

    If you are looking to add some warmth to your home, contact the staff at Lindemann Chimney Service. Our team offers a number of installation and renovation services including gas fireplace conversions, direct-vent installations, and fireplace renovations.  To learn more about how we can help add the warmth to your home, contact our knowledgeable staff today!

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