It gets cold in the room, and it's really frustrating. I have a wood burning fireplace, and I'm probably one of the last people out there to have one. Many are switching over to gas due to the money it saves, and the positive effect on the environment as logs aren't being burned. I just bought my first fireplace blower and lit up my first fire last week. Man, does it ever make a difference! I can't believe I've gone all these years without one.
It does not utilize wood so they are against the environment. Use of an electric fireplace doesn't produce any pollutant or harmful chemicals. There is no release of smoke from this kind of fireplace so there is no need for a chimney or venting system.