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  Dec 6 2019

How Do Electric Fireplaces Work?

Do you enjoy the warmth and comfort of a fireplace, but don’t necessarily want the responsibility and maintenance of a traditional hearth? Now you can have the best of both worlds with an electric fireplace. At Mr. Electric of Katy, we provide a variety of commercial and residential electrical services in Houston, Texas and surrounding metro Houston area communities. Our team has the experience and tools needed to safely and effectively install your electric fireplace. Are you still unsure if you should invest in one? Here are just a few reasons why homeowners across the country are making the switch. 

What is an Electric Fireplace and How Do They Work?

Conventional fireplaces use wood to heat the home. While this method is certainly effective, it is no longer the most practical way to keep the cold weather at bay. In most buildings, temperature is regulated via an HVAC system, and so fireplaces have mostly become a novelty for those who enjoy the atmosphere it creates. Advancements in technology and manufacturing have provided a new alternative that can give you the aesthetics of the traditional hearth fire, with less maintenance, effort and expense. An electric fireplace uses a heating element that is designed to look like a wood fire but offers a more energy efficient source of heat. It draws in cool air then uses a heating coil and fan to warm and redistribute the air back into the living space. Most models can provide enough supplemental heating for rooms up to 400 square feet.

Benefits of Installing an Electric Fireplace

Electric fireplaces can be extremely beneficial for homeowners. Conventional fireplaces are labor intensive to build and require specialized ventilation to keep smoke out of the home. In addition, open flames can become a safety hazard, especially in homes with small children. It also requires a lot of wood for families who want to keep the fire going all winter long. Many modern families don’t have access to trees for chopping their own wood, and so must pay expensive prices for firewood. They can also require a lot of maintenance, as the chimney must be cleaned regularly. For this reason, many homes that have a fireplace will only use them a few days out of the year, if at all. When you install an electric model, you can enjoy the beauty of an indoor fireplace, without worrying about storing cords of wood in the backyard. They also offer an energy efficient way to keep your home warm on cold days, reducing your utility costs in the winter. Best of all, you can easily control the temperature settings, providing your family with a cozy ambiance no matter what time of year it is. 

Do You Need an Electric Fireplace Installation in Katy, TX? Call Mr. Electric Today

Are you ready to update your home or business with a new electric fireplace installation? Then call the certified, licensed and insured electricians in Houston at Mr. Electric of Katy, Texas. We are excited to offer a wide range of premium services for property owners in Katy, Barker and Houston area neighborhoods. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule an appointment for your next electrical installation, replacement, repair or inspection. 

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    Mr. Electric Of Katy has conducted some research on comparing the costs of running a generator to costs of running electricity to your home from the national grid. Calculations on costs of running a generator can be tricky, depending on your home’s needs. You may want to speak to certified electricians at Mr. Electric Of Katy for more explanation on this. 

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