There is a variety of installation options available. You can choose from a wall-mounted or hanging unit, which offers a more modern look and are easy to install. There are also fireplace inserts – a built-in variation that can slip right into an existing fireplace or chimney. Freestanding models, on the other hand, can be placed with shelves, a TV stand or even against a flat wall or forced fan or infrared quartz fireplaces which has a silent fan blowing overheated coils or heat protruding through the invisible infrared light.
Depending on the style of your home, your fireplace can easily fit right in. The last thing you would want in your in-home decor and design is a beautiful electric fireplace – that sticks out like a sore thumb. Whether you are going classic and traditional or modern and sleek, you can find just about any style to fit what you’re looking for. Your fireplace will normally be your centerpiece and your focal point in the room. It should be not only pleasing visually but also in-tune with your decor.
The size of your electric fireplace will be largely determined by the size of your home or the size of space you’re placing it in. Another impacting factor is if you’re actually planning on using it to heat up the area, as well, meaning it’s not just for decor. If you have a space as small as 400 square feet, you’ll want to use a forced fan style. If you are heating up a room of 1,000 square feet, you’ll need an infrared quartz unit. Note that most of these electric fireplaces won’t be able to handle a space that is larger than 1,500 square feet. It’s also essential that you keep in mind that a room will heat differently if it has higher ceilings and windows.
Depending on the type of electric fireplace you purchase, the materials it is constructed from will change. Normally, there are metal coils and a fan. The realistic flames usually are made using LED lighting, regular light bulbs or a refracted light. It is in a three-dimensional pattern which gives it a realistic look.
There are so many different types of features available that comes with the unique style of fireplaces. Not only do styles differ, from a wall-mounted one to a free-standing one to a traditional one with a mantel, these electric fireplaces also come with different features. You can choose extra features like heating capacity, flame and heat settings, with or without heat mode, realistic sound, etc.
For more features, you can even design what it looks like inside the fireplace. For example, you can have the electric fireplace burning with imitation logs, scattered with coal pebbles or small tubs.
For every fireplace, there will be some means of control. Whether it’s a remote control that can adjust settings or one that can choose the visual creation, there’s a type for everyone.
Some electric fireplaces are just for show. Some, however, can actually double up as heaters for large rooms – just like a real fireplace! Typically, these setting can be controlled by you, where you can make it as warm or as cool as you need it to be! Some electric fireplaces don’t come with heating settings at all, and the appeal is purely visual. This is also a toasty feature that you can add to the style of your house in the winter season – even if it’s 90 degrees outside. Although all the electric fireplaces are eco-friendly, this one without heat is even more so.
Electric fireplaces are extremely safe – especially when compared to their very real, very live fire counterparts. They usually have high regard for consumer safety. Its heating elements and electric frameworks are normally evaluated and inspected under very high-quality and strict control limits to ensure the safety of those who purchase it.
Electric fireplaces can be placed directly against walls and on top of carpet – it’s that safe! Its glass also never gets hot since the heating element is completely separate from the visual display. This makes it extremely safe for children and pets. It can even be left on overnight (just in case), however, is recommended that you turn it off for the night.
Not only are these electric fireplaces safe for your home they are also safe for the environment! They don’t emit harmful gases like carbon monoxide. Some electric fireplaces even include an air purifier that removes mold, pollen, dust, and dander from the air in the room.
Some extra safety features you can look out for are:
- Automatic shut-off timer– This can be set to your liking – whether it’s just after 30 minutes or up to 8–9 hours, like with most of the electric fireplaces out there, including the PuraFlame
- Limit of temperature– Since it is electronic, you can set the fireplace to where it can sense when things are simply getting too hot. The limiter can cut the power if the heating elements become too hot. If there isn’t one, there is actually a risk of fire.
- Safety shut-off– If the fireplace is knocked over (for example, in the case of a stand-alone one), like in the Southern Enterprises Tennyson Electric Fireplace, then this feature will shut off automatically, preventing any type of
A warranty and return policy on these items differ from brand-to-brand and seller-to-seller. However, the general timeline you’re looking at when it comes to how long you have to try out your new electric fireplace is about 30 days. If you do not like any part of your fireplace, you can usually return it within the month – you might just have to pay for some shipping fees.
The warranty of an electric fireplace usually lasts about three years, which if it breaks before the 3-year limit mark, you can ask for a repair or replacement. However, the warranty for the monitor or control usually lasts a much shorter time – more like a year.