Fireplaces are a great way to add a warm glow to any living space, whether or not you also want to use them for heat. As with any appliance, some fireplaces are more eco-friendly than others. If you're looking for a fireplace that will light up your room while keeping your energy bills low and limiting harmful emissions, read on. We've put together an expert-picked list of the most eco-friendly fireplaces of 2021.
This Dimplex Deluxe Series 39-in. built-in electric firebox can be installed in any existing fireplace, making it quick and simple to get up and running. Patented LED inner glow logs and pulsating ember technology create the appearance of a beautiful, realistic flame that will brighten up any living space.
A powerful, fan-forced heater featuring up to 2,700 W and 9,220 BTUs of heating power keeps the rooms you spend the most time in warm, allowing you to turn down your home heat and save on energy costs. This unit's heater is capable of warming spaces up to 400 sq. ft. What's more, this fireplace's Purifire® Air Treatment System helps purify your air thanks to the world's first integral air filtering system. And because it's an electric unit, it produces no harmful particulates or emissions.
This electric fireplace is also very safe. Its glass pane remains cool to the touch, eliminating the chance of burns, and its controls are easy to access on the bottom right-hand corner of the unit.
Next on our list of the most eco-friendly fireplaces of 2021, this Ascent™ Series 42-in. direct vent natural gas fireplace from Napoleon. It features up to 22,000 BTUs of heating power, allowing you to keep the spaces you spend the most time in extra toasty. Thanks to Napoleon's Advanced Burner Technology, this unit's sophisticated burner systems and strategically placed burner ports create the most realistic YELLOW DANCING FLAMES® in the industry.
This fireplace offers the consumer many options to select from. Choose from decorative fronts, trim kits, decorative brick panels and MIRRO-FLAME™ Porcelain Reflective Radiant Panels to make this fireplace integrate seamlessly with your living space. In addition, this gas fireplace comes with a PHAZER® Log Set, which creates the impression of beautiful, real wood logs.
This unit also emphasizes safety, thanks to elegant screens and tempered heat-resistant glass that nearly eliminates the possibility of burns. Similarly, this fireplace is encased in a protective cast aluminum jacket and features a 100% SAFE GUARD™ gas control system.
Should your power go out, never fear. You can keep using this unit, which features a backup battery-powered control system. And to top it all off, you have many options for installation, thanks to the fact that Napoleon's Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces can be vented directly through a wall or roof and do not require a chimney.
This Tribeca II Anywhere Fireplace adds an elegant touch to any room. No installation is required. Simply place it on the floor and let it do its thing. Assembly only takes a few minutes. (Should you decide to install it on a wall, that's also a possibility. Simply remove the base and purchase wall mount brackets to hang it wherever you'd like.)
What makes this unit unique is that it produces real, dancing flames without the hassle of venting. It burns only eco-friendly, bio-ethanol liquid fuel, so you don't need to worry about the accumulation of soot and smoke. (Fuel is sold separately. Never substitute any other type of fuel.)
Finally, a protective glass front keeps you and your family safe by maintaining a temperature that's cool to the touch.
Are wood fireplaces eco-friendly?
Wood fireplaces are not very eco-friendly because they produce smoke and emissions that can be harmful to your health and the environment. They also require a chimney to efficiently remove as many of these emissions as possible. However, the one advantage is that as long you have a supply of wood, you won’t have to worry about utility issues interfering with keeping warm.
Which is better for the environment, gas or wood fireplaces?
Gas fireplaces are generally better for the environment than wood fireplaces. They produce 99% fewer pollutants than traditional fireplace models.