In this article we answer electric fireplace frequently asked questions. Quick and easy answers to common FAQ.
1. What am I getting when I buy an electric fireplace?
There are two main reasons people by electric fireplaces the first is they make excellent decorative focal points and create ambiance and coziness in any room. Who doesn’t love a fire? Watching the flames can be hypnotic relaxation.
The secondary benefit is they can be a supplemental heat source for warming up a room. And, unlike a traditional fireplace, you have direct control over the amount of heat being generated. Control is as simple as flicking a switch on and off.
Whether it is a wall mounted electric fireplace, a portable fireplace or freestanding fireplace, the two major components are a screen and mechanism for producing flame effects and the heater box which provides warmth.
2. How to electric fireplaces work?
The heat and flame effect are generated directly from electricity, you just plug them in and they are good to go. There is no need for chimney flues, or vent pipes. The heat emitted is clean and safe with no smoke, gases, or dirt being generated.
Electric fireplaces have the highest heating efficiency of any type of fireplace at roughly 99%. They are very inexpensive to operate.
4 What is the best brand?
The answer to that question is very subjective. But, that is the entire point of this site. We present objective reviews showing the god and the not so good, to allow you to make your own choice. In general though, newer models incorporate newer technology, incandescent bulbs are giving way to LED lights. Mechanical flame effects generation is becoming more sophisticated.
3. How large an area does it heat?
Although each fireplace claims to heat different areas in general most fireplaces heat approximately 400 ft.² again, it should be emphasized that these are supplemental heat sources and are not designed to be a primary heat source. They are a great way to provide zone heating in your house. Look for Infrared fireplaces if you need a higher heating capacity.
Can the heating levels be adjusted?
Generally, the less expensive fireplaces, with two heating levels high and low. Some have blowers for very good air circulation, and others simply have forced air. On more expensive, feature-rich models there will be a thermostat or you can set the temperature at a specific degree setting and the fireplace will maintain it.
5. Are the flame effects realistic?
That is a very subjective question. In general, electric fireplaces being built today have far superior flame effects than those of even a couple years ago. There are high and fireplaces that almost perfectly replicate natural flames. Most for I places produce a very satisfactory effect. My recommendation is to look for videos were you can see your particular model and judge the flames for yourself. Some fireplaces focus on producing very risk realistic flames while others have special effects with blue and purple flames. Which style you prefer is up to your own personal taste.
6. Is there maintenance on electric fireplaces?
The only thing that may need replacing is the bulbs that produce the flame effects. These generally last 2-3 years.
7. Are these fireplaces easy to install?
Electric fireplaces are very easy to install. In a lot of cases you simply take them out of the box position them and plug them in. Wall-mounted electric fireplaces have the same degree of difficulty of installation as hanging a large picture or mirror. Some of the fireplaces include mantles and media centers need some assembly and help may be welcome. But the vast majority can be set up by one person.
8. Do I need special wiring, or an electrician to install it?
Virtually all electric fireplaces are plug-and-play, designed to work in a standard household outlet. If an outlet is not available were you wish to install the fireplace, you may want to move an outlet. That is relatively simple handyman task.
9. Once installed can they be moved?
Yes. A portable electric fireplace is designed to be moved from room to room. Even fireplaces with mantles or surrounds can be moved since there is no duct-work or permanent installation. A wall-mounted fireplace can be relocated to a room but you would have to move the mount itself. The only exception is a flush mounted wall fireplace where a cut out has been made in the wall.
10. Is it safe for the kids and pets?
The flame effects are generated by reflected light projected on a screen, touching the flames is just like touching your TV screen. The only part of the fireplace that gets warm is the discharge heat vent. They generally do not get hot enough to burn, the heat discharge is similar to the heat coming from a hairdryer. Here is even more electric fireplace safety information.
11. Do electric fireplaces come with a remote?
In general, the answer is yes most fireplaces do come with a remote. However it is important to check the front the functionality of the remote. Some remotes simply control the on off function, the better remotes control levels of heat, levels of flame, and the on off switch.
12. Can I operate the fireplace without a remote?
Fireplaces can be operated manually. The remote control is provided as an added convenience. So there is no need to worry about in case the remote control stops working.
13. Do I need to add duct work or chimney?
No. Electric fireplaces are self-contained units. They are the most eco-friendly fireplace available they do not emit smoke gas or toxic fumes.
14. How cost-efficient are electric fireplaces?
Electric fireplaces cost significantly less than gas fireplaces to operate. They are much less expensive and more efficient than both gas and wood-burning fireplaces. Since they operate on electricity all energy is converted directly to heat.
Our electric fireplaces environmentally friendly? See this post for cost of operation.
Yes, In fact it is the only environment friendly choice to make. Since there are no fumes it is safe not only for the environment but also for your family. Since smoke is cancerous, the electric fireplace reduces risk of lung irritation as it does not produce any smoke.
We hope you enjoyed our look at electric fireplace frequently asked questions.