How Zone Heating Works <ul><li>Zone heating focuses on parts of the house where occupants spend most of their time. </li></ul><ul><li>By using electric fireplace heaters in high traffic living areas, homeowners can turn the thermostat down and not waste energy heating areas of the house that get little traffic. </li></ul><ul><li>Using electric fireplaces as supplemental heating sources can cut energy costs dramatically. </li></ul>
Heating By The Numbers <ul><li>Heating a home is responsible for 40 to 45 percent of the average household's total annual energy costs. </li></ul><ul><li>Zone heating provides energy savings of 20 to 40 percent . </li></ul><ul><li>For each degree you lower the thermostat, you’ll save </li></ul><ul><li>one percent off of your energy bill. </li></ul><ul><li>An electric fireplace running with the heat costs 12 cents per hour on average depending upon your utility rates. </li></ul><ul><li>Gas fireplaces average 23 cents per hour to operate. </li></ul><ul><li>90 percent of the heat produced by traditional </li></ul><ul><li>fireplaces escapes through the vent or chimney. </li></ul>
Electric fireplaces come in many sizes and designs to fit any room of the house in order to utilize zone heating. <ul><li>The first step before you buy an electric fireplace is to figure out how large the space is that you want to heat. </li></ul><ul><li>Measure the square footage of the room by multiplying the width by the depth. </li></ul><ul><li>A 20 foot by 20 foot room equals 400 square feet. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the manufacturer’s recommendation of how many BTU’s will heat the square footage of the room. </li></ul>
For a traditional look, a fireplace with a mantel package can be the focal point of the room. Electric fireplaces come in freestanding wall or corner mantel packages that look built-in but can be moved just as you would rearrange other furniture. Built-in fireplaces can be hard-wired and installed in new construction or retrofitted into existing walls.
Portable electric fireplaces are an affordable way to use zone heating throughout the home. ‘ Amish style’ roll and heat electric fireplaces have casters so that they can easily be moved where supplemental heat is needed. Small electric stoves are a good option for multi-use small spaces. They can easily be moved into apartments, RV’s or rooms where floor space is limited.
Media rooms and bedrooms are often the most frequently used rooms in the house, but often lack additional wall or floor space for a fireplace. By choosing a media cabinet or entertainment console with a plug-in electric fireplace, zone heating can be utilized in media rooms and bedrooms.
Wall mount electric electric fireplaces are an excellent choice for small rooms, apartments or rooms where floor space isn’t available. Options include recessed into the wall or mounted on the wall. Just hang, plug in, and enjoy. These electric fireplaces have a slim sleek design suitable for both traditional and contemporary décor. Wall mounted electric fireplace are available in both horizontal and vertical profiles.
Existing gas or wood fireplaces can easily be converted into electric fireplaces by installing electric fireplace log set inserts. The log set includes a rolling, pulsating realistic log set, ember bed and flame effects. In order to convert a traditional fireplace, it’s important to seal off the chimney and flue to prevent heat from escaping.
<ul><li>Safe: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Since there is no combustion, electric fireplaces do not produce dangerous fumes, gas leaks, or deadly carbon monoxide. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The glass-front remains cool to the touch so that it’s safe for pets and children. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electric fireplaces can be left unattended, unlike real fires where errant ashes can cause house fires. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clean: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electric fireplaces don’t require clean-up of messy wood piles, ashes or smoke. </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Environmentally-friendly: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Since there is no smoke, no emissions or greenhouse gases are released. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High-tech: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Realistic flame technology means that you get the realistic look of a fire, supplemental heat and lower energy costs, all at the click of the remote-control. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The heat-source can be turned off so that the fireplace can be enjoyed year-round. </li></ul></ul>
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