Electric or Gas fireplace?
Hi all, this is my first post here. I usually post in Building a Home as we are doing new construction.
First, I know nothing about fireplaces. That said, I've had fireplaces, and they've always been the gas kind that you turn on with a switch. To me they are just "ok". I dislike that they put out so much heat when they are on, that you have to turn it off after 20 minutes if you don't want to be sweating. I also dislike that when they are off in the winter (99% of the time), there is cold air flowing out of the vents in the bottom! I have to put a blanket there to keep the cold draft out of my family room.
So I am considering electric. However, hubby thinks they are not as desirable in a new construction home. My sister has one and I think they look great, especially if a nice surround is done. And I love that you can just have the "flames" on and no heat. I love the ambience that a fireplace gives.
What do you think? Is electric considered "dumb" in a higher end new construction home?