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A fireplace is often the focal point of the living area; the right fireplace design should complement the environment and add to the aesthetic of the room. Both Gas and Electric fires are available in modern and traditional designs and deliver equally high performance. Whilst its vital to consider the size and style of your fireplace surrounds, it’s also important to weigh up the pros and cons in terms of ease of use and energy efficiency to ensure you make the right choice for your home and your budget.
Electric fires are simple to install and can be positioned anywhere within your home, as they do not require a flue or chimney to operate, they are simply plugged in like any other household appliance. Electric fires do not emit any toxic gasses, eliminating the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. They are designed with glass panels covering the flame meaning they are the safest option, particularly for families with young children.
The massive range of energy-efficient, low-maintenance design options offers versatility, meaning you can pick a design that will complement your home décor. The realistic flame effects on modern electric fireplaces offer an inviting and warming glow and can operate on a no-heat option, so that you can maintain a cosy atmosphere year-round, even in the summer months.
Similarly, gas fires are also available in a massive range of designs, with the added character of an open fire due to their real flickering flames, without the mess of soot or the need for fuel storage space. The living flame provides instant heat along with a better visual effect, making them an efficient, safer and low-maintenance alternative to a solid fuel fire. Unlike electric fires, gas varieties do not require a fan to generate heat and so they are much quieter to run. Gas fires are traditionally very user friendly with easy to use controls and can even incorporate a timer and thermostat so users can regulate the temperature.
On average an electric fire will cost 14.5p/kw and gas will cost 4.5p/kw. You also need to factor in the running cost of the appliance, a 2kw electric fire will average 29p per hour, whilst its gas counterpart would set you back a measly 9p per hour. Therefore, a gas fire is on average 70 per cent cheaper to run than electric.
Though an electric fireplace unit is likely to be the cheaper option at initial purchase, and offers the same 100 per cent efficiently as a flue-less gas fire would, as there is nowhere for the heat to escape, as electricity is a very expensive form of heating, it may be more expensive in the long run.
Now that you’re well informed about the features of both Gas and Electric fireplace suites you should be able to select the best option for your requirements. The Gas Superstore offer a fantastic range of reasonably-priced gas fires and electric fires to suit contemporary and traditional tastes.