Fireplaces / October 15, 2018 / Ellen Lombardi.
A compact electric fireplace is a beautiful center and focal point to nay intimate or family gathering. I use mine the whole winter through and as early as possible each year. As soon as it gets cold enough, I have my compact electric fireplace going almost nonstop. I’ve been known to extend the winter months by opening the windows in the porch to allow chilly air inside.
Of course this only works well because the electric fireplace a located in the attached screened in porch of my home. Otherwise, it would merely be a waste of heating, as the heat of the fire would not reach the other rooms.
Though some people may feel comfortable with turning up the air conditioning to accommodate a nice crackling fire, I am not one of those people. Fossil fuels are short in supply and high in demand. It just doesn’t seem right to waste critical fuel merely to enjoy an unneeded fire.
It is also partly why I chose to buy a compact electric fireplace over a wood burning fireplace. Our forests continue to get smaller and smaller, and responsibility has to start somewhere. Now many environmentally conscious people are quick to point out that the burning of fossil fuels often makes the electricity that a produced at electric plants.
It is an excellent point and should not overlook. There are, however, several other sources of electrical power. In the state of Texas, where I live, a few years back they passed laws that allow consumers to choose from several different power companies -a breaking up of the power monopoly that was in place here.
With the advent of new power company options, I was able to choose the power company that I wanted to use and not a penalized in any way. After some research, I was able to find several ‘green’ power companies.
There are ‘green’ power companies that get most of their electrical power from wind and water mills. There is one large power company that manufactures electrical power by capturing the gases that rise off of landfills. While this may not be a beautiful source of energy, it is a much more renewable source. Moreover, I like that it takes some advantage of the already too numerous landfills.
That being a said, I do try not to be too wasteful with running my compact electric fireplace any more than is reasonable. For the most part, I run the fire on the genuinely chilly or cold days. Since my children and I spend much time out on the porch, this seems to make sense and not be particularly wasteful, as we need the heat of some kind on the coldest of days.
Besides heat, the thing I like the most about my compact electric fireplace is the cozy ambiance that it provides. We keep several large pillows and overstuffed recliners out on the porch. These are great items to have on hand for snuggling up together around a friendly fire.