When the winter winds howl outside, there’s nothing better than snuggling up in front of a crackling fire. The same goes for sinking into your luxury outdoor furniture while huddled around a fire pit on a cool, autumn evening.

Unfortunately, traditional fires can leave your clothing, hair, and skin smelling smoky or cause unsightly stains on your walls. Then there is the danger to consider any time you light an open flame.

So you may be understandably hesitant to cozy up your Hanover outdoor furniture next to a fire or light one in your home. In addition, local restrictions may limit the times when you are legally allowed to light a fire – air quality could play a role, for example.

There are other options that will allow you to enjoy indoor warmth in the heart of winter and use your best outdoor furniture into the fall months. If you haven’t yet considered the advantages to be gained by purchasing an electric fireplace, here are a few benefits you’ll enjoy.

1. No Smoke, No Pollution

If you love the smell of wood smoke and you don’t mind if it permeates your clothing and your furniture, perhaps you are content with a traditional fireplace. If you’d rather not contribute to deforestation and air pollution, though, an electric fireplace can help you to keep both interior and exterior air clean.

In addition, there are no restrictions on using an electric fireplace. You can use it at any time of year, regardless of air quality or other potential restrictions on traditional fires.

2. No Chimney Needed

Not every home is built with a chimney these days, and some have only ornamental recesses that aren’t suited to real fires. If this is the case in your home, you probably don’t want to spend beaucoup bucks on retrofitting your home for a traditional fireplace.

You can still have the beautiful architectural element and the functional heating you crave without tearing a hole in your home to install a chimney. An electric fireplace can meet your needs with far less cost and hassle.

3. Low Cost

Electric fireplaces are not only easy to install, but you can probably put one in every room in your home (and one in the backyard in the midst of your waterproof outdoor furniture) for less than installing other options. In addition, they can help you to save on winter heating bills.

You will, of course, require electricity to power your fireplace, but this is no different than paying for gas, wood, or pellets to fuel another type of fireplace. Where you will save is by turning down the heat in the rest of your home and simply using your fireplace to add extra warmth to the room you’re using.

4. Safety Features

While an electric fireplace will put out plenty of heat, it’s not as though a child will accidentally place a hand in the flame. Plus, many electric fireplaces include a shut-off safety feature whereby the unit automatically shuts down after a set amount of time, reducing the possibility of accidental fire.

5. User Friendly

Lighting a traditional fire isn’t always easy. If you know what you’re doing and you’re experienced with fires, you know all about using a flue, getting a fire going, and putting it out when you’re done, but this still entails a lot of hassle. Plus, you have to clean your chimney regularly to reduce the danger of a house fire.

You won’t have any of these issues with an electric fireplace, which is easy to turn on and off and will not require the same cleaning as a regular fireplace and chimney.

6. Style Options

Regardless of the style of your home, you can find a suitable electric fireplace to match. There are traditional and modern styles to choose from, and everything in between so that every homeowner can find an electric fireplace to go with their architecture and personal aesthetics.

7. Portable Models

If you want the height of functionality from your fireplace you’ll be happy to hear that there are portable electric models that can go anywhere in your home thanks to free-standing cabinets, some of which are even on rollers.

8. Can Be Used Indoors Or Out

If you’ve recently taken advantage of an outdoor furniture sale and you want to continue using your new Hanover products into fall, an outdoor electric fireplace is a good option. The same is true if you simply want more heat in your home come winter and you don’t have a traditional fireplace or you don’t like the smoke damage the one you have causes.