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Why Electric Fireplaces Are Hot

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Why to choose electric fireplace

An electric fireplace can be installed anywhere there is access to a power outlet, including right next to your bathtub. 

Imagine putting on your favorite pair of PJs, settling back into a comfy chair with a good book and hot toddy, and then relaxing the night away beside the flickering flames of a cozy fireplace — all without the hassle of lugging in logs or building a fire.

It's possible with an electric fireplace. They're essentially heaters that use electrical components to emulate the look and warmth of traditional wood, coal or gas-burning fireplaces.

They're also simple and safe to operate: Once they're installed, you just plug them in to an electrical outlet and turn them on. And you can add mantels, inserts and logs to make them feel just like the real thing. Best of all, they don't have to be vented or professionally installed, so you can enjoy one anywhere, from your bathroom to your kitchen.

"Electric fireplaces are certainly rising in popularity due to their combination of convenience and modern features," says Glenn Sebring, president and founder of Chicago-based Sebring Design Build. "By simply flipping a switch, a room can be heated in minutes. They are popular not just because they heat the room so easily, but because they provide a sense of ambience as well."

How Electric Fireplaces Work

The three basic types of electric fireplaces include standalone models with a mantel and heater; custom versions that can be mounted on or built into a wall or piece of furniture; and inserts that can be placed inside an older hearth, complete with LED glowing logs and different flame effects.

Electric fireplaces use metal coil to creat heat. As the coils heat, a blower motor (or fan) forces the warmed air into the room. Some electric fireplaces also use infrared technology.  to directly heat a room. As for those realistic-looking flames, a refractor reflects light from an LED bulb to create a realistic flicker and flame. Some electric fireplaces even have a device installed to emit a crackling fire sound.

If you're looking for the heating power of a central-heating system, then electric fireplaces probably won't do the job. If you want to warm an immediate space, however, they're ideal. Electric fireplaces can be plugged in wherever you need heat the most; they produce an average of about 4,000 BTUs of heat, which can adequately warm a 400-square-foot (37-square-meter) room.

An added bonus? An electric fireplace's heat is 100-percent contained, unlike traditional fireplaces that lose about 50 percent of their heat via the chimney or flue.

Electric fireplaces can be installed where you normally can't have a fireplace, even into various types of furniture, such as bookshelves or entertainment centers.


Advantages of an Electric Fireplace

Low operating costs: Since you never have to replenish wood or pay for gas, you can save money right off the bat. The typical electric fireplace uses around 1,500 watts of electricity to power its heating coils, which translates to about 8 or 9 cents an hour.

Running a flame-only electric fireplace? Operation costs can range anywhere from 0.003 to 3 cents per hour. Overall, the average homeowner with an electric fireplace will spend between $50 and $100 per year on operation costs, depending on whether the fireplace is being used to produce flames only or to fully heat a room. Lastly, there's also no need to have your chimney cleaned or inspected.

Easy install: Electric fireplaces can be installed anywhere there is access to a power outlet. They work with standard 120-volt electrical outlets, and some larger models can fit 240-volt outlets.

Less mess: "Electric fireplaces don't create real flames, which is why they don't produce the mess that traditional fireplaces make," says Glenn Wiseman, sales manager at Canada-based Top Hat Home Comfort Services. "Even though the flames may look real, they're just an illusion from light components in the machine." Instead, there's a simple on/off switch that gives you access to instant heat, with an effect that mimics real flames, but avoids any of the hassle or cleanup.

Safer: Electric fireplaces have zero emissions and no hazardous byproducts. Wood-burning fireplaces, however, can release cancer-causing agents and dangerous fumes (such as carbon dioxide and monoxide) into your home. When inhaled, these fumes can be dangerous to you and your pets. They're even safe for use in bathrooms. Just be sure if you install one in your bath, it's rated for use in a bathroom or areas prone to moisture.

Custom accessories are available for electric fireplaces, including different log installments, such as burnt driftwood, black rocks, natural river rocks or white stones.

Customizing an Electric Fireplace

What an electric fireplace bring to you

Electric fireplaces come in a variety of styles and options to match any home decor or architectural style. They also can be installed where you normally can't have a fireplace — apartments, condos, small homes and RVs, for example — and even into various types of furniture, such as bookshelves or entertainment centers.

"If there's one thing an electric fireplace can bring opposed to a traditional wood-burning or gas fireplace, it is its modern look," Wiseman says. "Any traditional wood-burning or gas fireplace will bring out a luxurious feel to your home as well, but an electric one will modernize it."

Custom accessories are available to further modify the look, including different log installments (such as burnt driftwood to imitate the look of real wood), as well as black rocks that resemble coal, natural river rocks or white stones that appear hot under the faux flames. You can also choose LED light sets to modify the color of the flames as well. Popular colors including orange, red, pink and blue.

What to Look for in an Electric Fireplace Heater

Heating capacity While electric fireplace heaters shouldn’t be your primary source of heat, they can provide an impressive amount of supplementary heat in your home. If you want to use your fireplace heater to warm part of your house, consider its recommended heating capacity. Most units clearly state what size room they’re designed to be placed in.

Style Fireplace heaters come in a wide variety of styles, from sleek, modern, wall-mounted units to rustic, wood stove-inspired models. You’ll want to consider your decor and how the heater will fit into the room as you shop.

Safety features Electric heaters are a common cause of house fires, which is why it’s important to find a product that has built-in safety features. Look for a model that automatically shuts off if it overheats, and if you have young children or pets, you may want a product that stays cool to the touch.

Best TV Stand: Electric Fireplace TV Console

The Electric Fireplace TV Console features an electric fireplace heater built into a sleek TV Stands, making it easy to incorporate the heater into your living room or bedroom. This product can heat spaces up to 400 square feet, and it can support a flat-screen TV up to 50 inches.

This electric fireplace is part of a beautiful TV console in a dark espresso finish. The console is 31 inches high and 47 inches wide, with several storage spaces, including two glass doors. It’s perfect for displaying your TV and its various accessories, and the built-in fireplace heater will lend a welcoming ambiance to the room. The fireplace is powered by an LED light that lasts up to 50,000 hours, and its heating unit can provide supplemental warmth to a medium-sized room.

There is no assembly required for this TV console, you’ll have a stunning piece of furniture that’s highly functional. The Electric Fireplace TV Console is a solid purchase if you want to seamlessly integrate an electric fireplace heater into your room’s decor.

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