Advantages of gas fireplaces over electric fireplaces
When it comes to fire pits, most people not only want something that looks good, but also has features to keep them warm and cozy, especially in the colder months.
Efficiency is also often a top priority, especially if occupants intend to use the fireplace for heating.
Advantages of Gas Fireplaces Over Electric Fireplaces
As a designer, you have countless options for designing fireplaces, so many that it can be difficult to narrow down your options. When considering whether to specify a gas or electric fireplace, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.
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While the two options offer different pros and cons, it's ultimately about making recommendations based on the client's goals for the space and how which he intends to use.
The natural look of real flames
If the goal is a realistic fireplace, gas is definitely the better choice than an electric fireplace. A gas fireplace has real flames, which is simply not possible with electric appliances. With gas fireplaces, you can also choose the type of material under the flames, with styles ranging from realistic driftwood to modern glass or stone. Although you have the same types of interior media options with electric fireplaces, the appearance of the flame will never match the real thing.
If your customers want a fireplace, they'll probably prefer it to quickly provide natural heat, just like a traditional wood-burning fireplace. This is not possible with electric fireplaces which take longer to heat up and do not give off as much heat as gas fireplaces. On a cold night, no one wants to wait for the room to warm up. With a gas fireplace, the heat is turned on with the flick of a switch (which also makes it cozier than a traditional wood-burning fireplace) and quickly begins to provide comfortable warmth.
Reduce Oven Use
Because gas fireplaces provide more radiant heat than their electric counterparts, it is often possible to reduce oven use with zone heating.
By supplementing the heating with a gas fireplace, your customers benefit from a stylish heat source that also allows them to save on their heating bills by turning down the heating in unused areas. Electric fireplaces are certainly a heat source, but since they don't radiate as far and the heat can't be redirected to other areas, they're not practical as a heat source.
The Aesthetic Benefits of Real Flames
When it comes to the overall design of gas fireplaces versus electric fireplaces, the two options are almost the same, except for one important factor: the flame. Both types of fireplaces allow you to choose different types of interior supports, lighting options, mantel, coving and other features. However, when two equivalent models are compared side by side and the only difference is the flame, the gas fireplace will always look better.
If you choose to specify a gas fireplace, Ortal offers benefits that will benefit your customers, including:
Vent Gas Direct Fireplaces are safe to use and do not affect indoor air quality. They draw in combustion air from the outside and expel the exhaust gases to the outside through the coaxial flue. A glass front seals the system to protect room occupants and prevent flue gases from entering interior spaces.
While Direct Vent fireplaces can be placed in a wide range of positions, our optional Power Vent system allows maximum design flexibility by increasing the vent radius up to 50 feet. This lets you design fireplaces in apartments, second-floor rooms, and other areas where ventless gas fireplaces can't go.
- Cool Wall Technology
For many customers, a fireplace isn't the only feature they want on a wall. Whether they want to hang artwork, a TV, or a fancy sound system, our Cool Wall technology keeps the area above the fire pit cool enough to do so safely.
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All gas fireplaces require a thermal barrier to keep occupants from touching the hot glass, but not all are aesthetically pleasing. Ortal thermal barriers integrate perfectly to maintain a modern and elegant appearance while keeping the glass at a safe temperature.