On the way home from your smart phone, you can already turn on the fire or ask Google to turn on the fire when you arrive is no longer a future. Do you really need this now? No, but it is very nice (also to show to guests).
An electric smart LED fireplace is particularly economical in use. With decorative use, the energy consumption is negligible, if the heating function is used, the energy consumption does increase. Perfect as additional heating, but not (yet) recommended as main heating if you have solar panels yourself. The heating function of an electric fireplace can be used very nicely in combination with, for example, underfloor heating.
Because the heating function of an electric fireplace is separate from the atmosphere or the flames, it can also be used very well on warmer days, unlike a gas fireplace or wood stove. In addition, it is also much easier to integrate a decorative fireplace into an interior, because a flue does not have to be taken into account.
An electric fireplace may take some getting used to if you switch from a gas fireplace or wood stove. If you list all the user benefits apart from the benefits for our environment, then also choose the fireplace of the future.