Electric fireplaces can be excellent sources of supplemental heating. They're perfect for quick, affordable renovations and custom-built properties. Plus, they're safe to install in any area of your home, including bedrooms, entryways, offices, and even bathrooms.
Electric fireplaces require a supply of power to generate heat and artificial flames. Most models plug into a standard outlet, while others come with the components for a permanent, hardwired installation.
Similar to space heaters, electric fireplaces rely on a heating element to create warmth. The heating component, typically a metal coil, warms up when electric current flows through it. Built-in fans evenly spread all the generated heat throughout your space.
Electric fireplaces do not require any kind of venting because they don't produce real flames or smoke. They're ideal heating sources for settings that don't allow permanent renovations, like apartments and condos. You can also incorporate your electric fireplace into a tv stand or entertainment center for a functional focal point.
With an electric fireplace, you'll be able to leave the flames running and turn the heat off to enjoy extra ambiance in warm climates. Most models are remote-controlled or offer smart controls, so you can adjust the flames, lighting, and heat with your phone or voice commands.
The average, 120V electric fireplace has a heat capacity between 4,500 and 5,000 BTUs and can warm up to 400 square feet. More expensive, 240V units for large homes and businesses can produce up to 10,000 BTUs and warm rooms up to 1,000 square feet.
The insulation and number of windows in your home can impact how much heat your electric fireplace generates. If you live in an older home with poor insulation or if your windows aren't completely sealed, you may experience some heat loss.
Even though your electric fireplace emits heat, the fireplace itself and the glass front will stay cool to the touch. This safety feature makes electric fireplaces ideal for tight spaces and homes with small children and pets.
In addition to quick and flexible installation, electric fireplaces offer several notable advantages, including:
· Affordable designs
· No chimney or venting system
· Great for zone heating
· Safe, realistic flames operate with or without the heat
· Eco-friendly and energy efficient
· Remote control
· No maintenance