There is very little that is as inviting, inviting or even romantic as a home fireplace. The heat, the flickering flames, the crackling of the fire in the wood, the glow ... it all adds up to create an unbeatable atmosphere. He invites you in, urges you to sit close, preferably with a very large furry blanket and a cup of hot chocolate, and in a few moments, he offers to calm your worries. There is something extremely captivating about staring at a fireplace that most of us cannot avoid. However, many homes simply do not have a built-in fireplace or the ability to install it. There is simply no way to put a fireplace in an apartment complex, a boat, your RV, or even your office. Fortunately, there are now (to the surprise of many) electric fireplaces! These can be placed in any home, condo, apartment, etc., without the need for fireplaces, vents, or gas lines. If you've ever considered one, here are some things to keep in mind when shopping and starting your search.
Determination of heating capacity
The first thing you probably need to know is what size heater you need. A mid-century electric fireplace heater will operate at 120 volts (standard), 1500 watts, and 12.5 amps. To determine the heating capacity this fireplace would provide, simply divide the number of watts (1500) by 10. This means that a heater with those specifications must adequately heat 150 square feet. Of course, you can find electric fireplaces with lower and higher ratings, some that even offer up to 4,500 BTUs to heat 450 square feet. Easy installation
There is very little to worry about when it comes to installation. All you have to do is snap them into position and plug them into your standard 120-volt wall outlet. Because "installation" is so simple, you can easily move your fireplace from room to room. This is perhaps one of the biggest advantages of an electric fireplace over a natural gas fireplace. Since a natural gas fireplace will require a more serious installation and permanent connection to a gas line, you will not be able to move it at will. With an electric fireplace, you could roll it up from the living room to your bedroom when you go to sleep.
The biggest benefits
Of course, the biggest benefit of an electric fireplace is that you can place it in any home, regardless of whether or not there is access or the ability to install a real fireplace. It is also very easy to bring your fireplace to your next home if you move, making it an investment that can accompany you wherever you go.
With a real fireplace, there is a constant demand to keep up with a stock of wood, which is messy and dusty. You never need to check to refill your natural gas tank.
Almost no effort is required with an electric fireplace. Turning it on or adjusting it is as easy as pressing a button, often a button on remote control, meaning you can turn up the temperature from the comfort of your couch.
No heat is lost with an electric fireplace because heat does not also escape from the fireplace like when using a real fireplace, which makes electric fireplaces very energy efficient.
The safety of an electric fireplace is also extremely beneficial, especially in homes with small children or pets. There is no danger of getting burned and almost all electric fireplaces offer "touch-safe" glass, so even little hands on the glass are safe. You don't have to worry about the fire getting out of control and creating a fire too big to control. Fireplace fires are not a problem either.
Air quality in rooms with fireplaces
Wood burning fireplaces present the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, in addition to the fact that they produce excessive amounts of dust. No gas leak hazard exists with a natural gas fireplace. That means you are left with flames that look real, but without fumes, gases, pollution, smoke, creosote, and airborne particles that require ventilation.
Many electric fireplaces come with a variety of options. Some give you the ability to ignite flames, flickering embers, and even crackling noises from a real fireplace. Most also offer the ability to light “flame only” without heat, which means you can enjoy the atmosphere of a fireplace, even in a midsummer. Plus, it costs only 3 cents to run most of these fireplaces on flames only! You can go as big as you want and as "loaded" as you want, finding versions that offer a built-in entertainment stand or wine rack too!
Are there any downsides?
While they look perfect, the usual complaint is that they don't heat up as a wood-burning fireplace does. The warmth of the wood feels different. However, in terms of warmth and being unhappy, this complaint usually stems from not finding the correct amount of BTUs for your particular room size. Some fireplaces are intended more for decoration than heating or are designed simply to raise the heat in a room, not to produce all the heat in the room. Simply doing your research should eliminate this problem.