It’s no secret that consumers are flocking to sustainable solutions. From the rise in purchases of organic foods to the increasing popularity of hybrid vehicles, products that are good for the environment are proving to be good for the bottom line.
While a recent survey by the American Home Furnishings Alliance indicates that more than three-quarters of today’s consumers are willing to pay as much as a 10 percent premium for environmentally friendly home furnishings, concern for the greater good is only one of their criteria. They still want attractive, durable furnishings that satisfy their sense of style, desire for luxury and need to live within their means.
Dimplex, a leading manufacturer of electric fireplaces, offers a broad selection of electric fireplace products that meet all of these critical concerns.
Nothing adds charm and luxury to a home quite like the romance of a glowing hearth, and the patented Dimplex flame effect is recognized for its realism and beauty. Advanced technology makes the company’s fireplaces ideal for creating a luxuriously comfortable indoor environment. Among the many features are fully adjustable flames, softly glowing embers and efficient heat and air treatment systems.
Electric fireplaces are a safe, no-mess, no-maintenance alternative to traditional wood-burning or gas appliances. They’re easy to install and use, one of the most economical forms of supplemental heat, and are the most environmentally sustainable supplemental heating option for the home.
“From a sustainability standpoint, Dimplex electric fireplaces are clearly the superior choice,” said Kristine Rose, vice president of the company’s Symphony division. “A gas fireplace wastes about 30 percent of the fuel it consumes, due to inefficient combustion. An electric fireplace operates at 100 percent efficiency — every bit of power used goes into warming the room. Plus, a Dimplex fireplace doesn’t require a chimney, so there is no heat loss from ventilation.”
Another advantage of an electric fireplace is that the flame effect operates independently of the heating unit.
“Let’s say you’re having a holiday party and you want to cheer up the room with a roaring blaze. With a gas fireplace, when you turn up the flame, you turn up the heat making a hot, stuffy and uncomfortable room. With an electric fireplace, you can adjust the heat to whatever suits you best — from completely off to nice and toasty warm,” Rose said.
As consumers consider the environmental effects of their choices, the ability to enjoy the flame without the heat takes on even greater importance.
According to the American Gas Federation, gas fireplaces produced more than 7.3 million tons of carbon dioxide — a major greenhouse gas — in the year 2000. Even at minimum output, each gas fireplace produces 819 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. By comparison, an electric fireplace using the flame only, produces only 164 pounds of carbon dioxide (as a result of electricity), none of which affects the neighborhood air, meaning that the air is cleaner where it matters most.
“In fact,” adds Rose, “some Dimplex fireplaces are equipped with our exclusive Purifire air treatment system. Instead of adding particulate matter to indoor air or causing a potential problem with mold, we’re actually creating a healthier home environment.”
Information courtesy Dimplex