Gas Fireplace or Electric Fireplace: A quick comparison guide

When it comes to choosing between a gas or electric fireplace in Canada, it's essential to consider various factors to make the right decision for your home. In this comparison guide, we'll help you weigh the options and find the best fit for the specific needs of your home.

Gas Fireplace or Electric Fireplace in Canada

Heat Output and Efficiency

Gas Fireplace Electric Fireplace
  • Higher BTUs (20, 000 to 40, 000) 
  • Ideal for heating larger areas
  • Real flames and consistent heat
  • Lower BTU (3,000 - 10,000)
  • Efficient energy conservation
  • Best for small spaces and rooms

Best fireplace for heat output and efficiency: Gas Fireplace

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Installation and Setup

Gas Fireplace Electric Fireplace
  • More complex installation
  • Potentially higher installation costs
  • Requires gas line installation and possible chimney construction 
  • Easier DIY installation
  • Various lighting and colour options available in a single unit
  • No need for venting or chimney

Best fireplace for installation and setup: Electric Fireplace

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Maintenance and Safety

Gas Fireplace Electric Fireplace
  • Requires annual servicing
  • Carbon monoxide detectors recommended
  • Little to no maintenance
  • Lower fire risk
  • Check power source and cords periodically

Best fireplace for maintenance and safety: Electric Fireplaces

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Appearance and Ambiance

Gas Fireplace Electric Fireplace
  • Realistic flames and ambiance that can never be perfectly imitated
  • Customizable flame height
  • Various trims, log sets, and finishes 
  • Versatile designs and styles
  • Customizable heat and light
  • LED lights for mood setting

Best for appearances, ambiance and statement: Gas Fireplace

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Gas Fireplace Electric Fireplace
  • Lifespan of about 20 to 25 years
  • Occasional part replacements and annual servicing
  • Lifespan of about 10 to 20 years
  • Minimal servicing
  • More difficult to replace single parts when broken

Best fireplace for their lifespan: Gas Fireplace

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Total Costs

Gas Fireplace Electric Fireplace
  • Installation costs may be higher
  • Operating costs depends on local gas prices (generally lower than electricity in Canada) and usage
  • Lower installation costs, generally
  • Operating costs depends on local electricity prices (generally higher than gas in Canada) and usage

Best fireplace for total costs: Electric Fireplace

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Finding the best fireplace for your Canadian home

Choose a Gas Fireplace If: Choose an Electric Fireplace If:
  • You seek a long-term consistent heat source for your home
  • You want real flames and reliable heat year-round
  • You prefer a simple installation and minimal upkeep costs
  • You're looking for a quick heating solution for a smaller room
At the end of the day, your choice between a gas fireplace or electric fireplace depends on your specific needs and preferences. Consider factors such as heat output, installation, maintenance, appearance, costs, and lifespan to make the right decisions for your home.

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