Long Used in Europe…
Electric fires are growing dramatically in popularity in the United States. All sizes, styles, colors and types of electric hearth products are now available including stoves that mimic a wood or coal burner, electric fireplaces complete with mantels, inserts to retrofit into an existing fireplaces and wall-mounted electric fires that require no floor space and offer a fun, contemporary style.
Technology continues to develop electric fires into a mesmerizing, believable fire. A visitor to your home may have no idea that the gently flickering flame is actually made by electricity!
GOES ANY WHERE!
Old, disabled chimneys are not a problem with electric fireplaces. No venting is required – installation literally is as easy as plugging in a television. And unlike vent-free gas products, electric fires have NO fumes. So if you have a room that could use a bit of extra charm, think electric! There’s a size and style that’s right for any size, any decor.
WANT A FIRE WITHOUT HEAT?
The dancing flame produced by an electric fire provides a warm, soothing glow in any room. Enjoy a “fire” no matter the season by using the fireplace with the heater turned off, then flip a button for variable heat settings to remove the chill.
No special preparation is needed to install an electric fireplace. Electric fires use a regular household, 3-prong electrical outlet. Spare the expense of running gas lines and chimneys with a plug-in fire. They’re cheap to operate too – about 2-3 cents an hour on the “flame only” setting, about 7-8 cents an hour when you run the heater. When you do the math for cost per btu for wood, oil or gas, you’ll likely find that electric fireplaces, at 100% efficiency, may be your most economical choice to heat small rooms or to supplement central heating at a lower thermostat setting.
Most electric fires have no hot surfaces so they’re a safer choice to use around pets, children and seniors. Add an electric fireplace to baby’s nursery or grandma’s room to keep the temperature cozy for them while lowering the thermostat in other parts of the house.
Electric fires provide enough heat (4500-5000 btu average) to serve as the sole source of heat for a room size of about 400 square feet. They’re great for sun porches that lack central heat. They also may help you save money – turn down your central heating thermostat then turn up the electric fire in the family room, den, bedroom – where ever you find yourself cozying up on a chilly day.
Small electric stoves that look like their woodburning counterparts are available in light-weight resin or wood construction that enable you to move them from room to room when needed. An electric fireplace insert can be used to convert your wood burning fireplace to electric, and can easily be slid out and stored away if the mood strikes and you’d like to burn real firewood, or if your power goes out and emergency heating is needed.
Think of All the Places Where These Fireplaces are the Perfect Answer
Where there is no operable fireplace or chimney.
Bedrooms, bathrooms, nursery, sun porch, foyer or kitchen.
Nursing Homes, high rise buildings: offices, boardrooms, reception rooms.
Rental properties, condos & apartments.
Small rooms that don’t have large heating needs or where a little supplemental heat is needed.
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Karen Duke is a fireplace, chimney and hearth industry expert of over 25 years in both the retail and service sectors. She is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and has numerous hearth industry certifications. She is the founder and webmaster of http://www.TheFireplaceChannel.com and she is the co-founder and webmaster of http://www.TheVictorianFireplace.com, which is one of the largest online fireplace retailers in the world. She makes her home in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Karen’s contact information can be found on either of the above sites.