Electric fireplace flames are more realistic than ever. Do you remember when an electric fireplaces had cut strips of aluminum foil dangling in front of a naked red light bulb? With modern technological advances those days are, thankfully, long gone.
The electric fireplaces today are engineered to produce extremely realistic flames. They have the ability to set a cozy mood, set a scene for relaxation and intimacy that only a fire can, all without the danger and mess of a real fire.
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Electric Fireplace Flame Effects
There seem to be two schools of thought concerning the look of flames in modern electric fireplaces. One is to have the flames look as natural as possible like a real fire; these are common in traditional mantel fireplaces, log sets and electric fireplace inserts.
The second school of design is for fashion forward focal points. These are generally wall mounted units that can have a variety of different colored flame effects from natural to blue, purple and green. These units can also have the flames emerging from different media such as river rock or colored glass. These are statement pieces.
Let’s take a look at some flame effect features that have been recently developed that most people are not aware of yet:
- Separate flame controls for the embers glowing and flames burning. The intensity of each can be adjusted on some models. The progress of the embers glowing can be automatic, starting slow and growing.
- LED lighting – bulbs last for years and are very energy efficient.
- Speaking of efficiency, just using the flame effects every (without the heater) day for 5 hours would had about $2 per month to your electric bill.
- Some fireplaces come with surround lighting producing a dramatic lit effect around the fireplace.
- Realistic logs that really look like they are burning.
The another advantage of electric fireplace flames is safety. The fireplace is cool to the touch except around the heat discharge which gets warm. There are no open flames are embers popping out. For the Eco-conscious there is no off gassing of hazardous gasses, or need for special ventilation, gas pipes of chimney flues.
Electric Fireplaces for Heat
Electric fireplace used as heaters are often misunderstood and knocked as far as practicality. Some people have unrealistic expectations of the heating capacity. Unlike real wood fires which blast out searing heat, an electric fireplace is really designed to be a supplemental heat source. They are typically rated at 750/1500 watts (low/high) and manufacturers claim 400 square feet a (20 x20 room)of heating capability: that is stretching it. Most consumers agree that it can warm a small room but will not heat a large space. They are very useful to augment a zone heating plan and can often save money by letting you set the thermostat several degrees lower. They will not heat a whole house.
Design Versatility of Electric Fireplaces
There is an electric fireplace heater for you whether you are a fashion forward trend setter or prefer the traditional looks. The market for electric fireplaces is growing steadily, driven by consumer demand. It is an emerging growth industry. The advantages of electric fireplaces and improved technology are gradually becoming known to consumers. This is driving manufacturers to provide an ever increasing variety of fireplaces not only for function but for style.
Modern, Traditional, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern any color of the rainbow, there is a fireplace to suit your style. There is a wonderful blending of function, style and practicality that comes with today’s modern electric fireplaces. Now is the best time ever to indulge yourself.