Electric fireplaces are a popular way to bring the experience of a real fire in a fireplace into your home without the hassles of setting up, maintaining, and cleaning a real fire.
Electric fireplaces have grown in popularity in recent years, so what exactly is an electric fireplace?
An electric fireplace is a device that uses flame effects and a heat source to simulate a real fireplace fire. An electric fireplace is powered solely by electricity and comes in a variety of configurations, including freestanding, wall-mounted, and built-in.
Do Electric Fireplaces Actually Give Off Heat?
Electric fireplaces serve a function that is far more important than their aesthetic value. The vast majority of electric fireplaces do produce heat.
They have a heating element near the top and fans that blow hot air out to heat a room.
The clever thing about electric fireplaces is that you can turn on and off the heat and flame separately. So, if you want to watch the flames dance without heating up your room, you can!
Is Electric Fireplace Better Than Gas?
When activated, both electric heaters and gas fireplaces produce heat immediately. However, due to their higher heating capacity, gas fireplaces are preferable to electric units for heating larger rooms. Gas heat may also be felt faster than electric heat if you are standing further away in a room.
Does An Electric Fireplace Need A Chimney?
No, because electric fireplaces produce no emissions, they do not need to be vented through a chimney, direct vent, or other source, as do gas and wood fireplaces.
Do Electric Fireplaces Look Cheap?
It is dependent on which one you purchase. If you buy the cheapest one you can find, it will most likely look fake and cheap, but if you invest in a quality one, the flames can even look real and still create the warm and cozy environment that a real fireplace would in your home.
Do Electric Fireplaces Smoke?
An electric fireplace emits no smoke, making it the safest fireplace on the market. Without smoke, there is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or inhaling the various other toxins produced by wood smoke. The best part is that there is still a fire to enjoy.
Can You Sleep With An Electric Fireplace On?
In addition, an electric fireplace should not be left on all night.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), before using any space heater, carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions. Never leave a space heater plugged in unattended. When you leave a room or go to sleep, turn it off.
Are Electric Fireplaces Safe In Bedroom?
Electric fireplaces are often the safest option when compared to gas and wood-burning fireplaces, as they eliminate many potential safety concerns. For example, homeowners with traditional fireplaces must take special care to ensure that their fireplace is inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. Failure to do so can result in carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires, both of which can cause illness, injury, and even death.
An electric fireplace, on the other hand, requires almost no maintenance and requires no venting or inspections. They emit no harmful smoke or fumes, making them an ideal solution not only for the safety conscious, but also for anyone suffering from allergies or breathing sensitivities.
How Long Can Electric Fireplaces Stay On?
To avoid safety issues, it is recommended that you turn off your electric fireplace after a certain amount of time while the heater is running. Although this type of fireplace is extremely safe, it still requires a break from time to time to avoid putting too much stress on the parts, which can lead to premature wear.
The majority of electric fireplaces are built with a fan-forced system that includes a main heating element and a blower. The parts can consume a lot of power and become warm as they are used. Although the glass doors or panel on the unit may not become warm to the touch, the internal components may.
Do Electric Fireplaces Have A Smell?
When your realistic electric fireplace is installed in your home, you should not expect it to emit an electrical burning odor. Electric fireplaces are typically quiet and have little impact on your daily life. They are also meant to be out of the way. As a result, they take up little space in your home. You can have the fireplace blend in with the rest of the home decor depending on the type of home decor used in your home. It can easily blend in with your wall or be installed between the bookshelves, for example.
Should I Unplug My Electric Fireplace?
Consider an electrical safety inspection if you’re concerned about the safety of your electrical system. Always unplug your electric fireplace heater when not in use for safety reasons. It is extremely dangerous to modify an electric fireplace. When problems arise, always consult the owner’s manual.
Do Appliances Use Electricity When Plugged In But Not In Use?
The quick answer is yes! When plugged in, a variety of electronic devices and appliances, including televisions, toasters, lamps, and others, can consume electricity even when turned off.
This phenomenon is known as a “phantom load” or “vampire energy.” Any electronic device or appliance that consumes electricity while turned off but still plugged into an outlet is considered a phantom load. These appliances and electronic devices provide us with modern conveniences, but they also waste energy and cost money.
How Do I Know What Size Electric Fireplace To Buy?
The size of the burner does not affect the heat output of an electric fireplace. It’s all about aesthetics when we think about the best size for an electric fireplace. We consider which one will appear the most balanced in the location where you want to install it. We begin with the size of the wall and the overall size of the room. A larger fireplace is required for a larger wall. Similarly, a larger room necessitates a larger fireplace. Clients will occasionally consider installing a small fireplace on a small wall within a larger room. This could be a section of the wall between two windows or two doors, for example. Our recommendation is to look for a larger location for the fireplace. Otherwise, the fireplace will appear too small in the room, even if it is the correct size for that particular section of the wall.
Another critical factor to consider is whether or not a TV will be installed above the fireplace. If this is the case, the size of the television must be balanced by the size of the fireplace. The fireplace should be at least as big as the television above it. When determining how to match the fireplace to the TV size, keep in mind that the TV is measured diagonally, whereas the fireplace is measured in actual width. A 65-inch TV’s actual width is around 56 – 58 inches; a 60-inch fireplace is the minimum size to have below this TV size. If wall space allows, you could go up to a 74-inch fireplace for an even more balanced look. Because the new linear fireplace models are much shorter than the TVs, we prefer a little extra width on the fireplace to prevent the TV above from appearing top-heavy. Here’s a general rule of thumb for matching TV size to minimum fireplace size:
55-inch television = 50-inch fireplace.
65-inch television = 60-inch fireplace
75-inch television = 74-inch fireplace