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The Difference Between Real & Electric Fireplaces January 2, 2018

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The Difference Between Real & Electric Fireplaces, Kentwood, Michigan

Deciding to install a fireplace in your home is very beneficial, especially once winter arrives. As the temperatures drop, you’ll be able to cozy up to the warmth of this pleasant heat source with friends and family. But first, you’ll need to decide whether you’d prefer a real or electric unit. At Watson’s, we take all aspects of your home entertainment needs seriously. That means if you’re ready to fit in a new fireplace, we have you covered. Here’s what you should know about how the two options differ.

Home Entertainment Experts Share the Differences Between Real & Electric Fireplaces

1. Convenience

The convenience of using an electric fireplace can’t be understated. With a quick flip of the switch, it will light up and produce heat and a soft glow. A genuine, wood-burning fireplace produces the same heat and warm glow, but takes more effort to do so. 

2. Safety

home entertainmentMany families must also take safety into account when planning their home entertainment layout. This is especially important if you have kids or pets. Real fireplaces require wood, which can cause excess smoke if it’s wet. Additionally, matches and lighters must be placed out of your kids’ reach. Electric fireplaces, on the other hand, pose fewer safety threats because they don’t require any additional products for use. However, it’s still important to be cautious. For example, some units have glass covers, which can become extremely hot and cause burns.

3. Ease of Installation

When it comes to upgrading your home entertainment layout, electric fireplaces are, by far, much simpler to incorporate. Adding a real fireplace will require major renovations, which will be both costly and intrusive to your daily life. Electric ones, on the other hand, are simple units that don’t require anything more than an outlet for use. 

If you need help choosing an electric fireplace, our team at Watson’s is here for you. We offer an extensive selection of products, and we will work with you on a personal basis to find one that suits your exact needs and preferences. Visit our website to browse our home entertainment amenities, and give us a call at (513) 326-1100 to speak with a friendly team member. You can also get in touch with us though our online contact form.

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