What Is An Electric Fireplace? How Does An Electric Fireplace Work?

What is an electric fireplace?

An electric fireplace is nothing more than something that attempts to look like a real fireplace. It usually includes an electric space heater so that it can be functional as well as attractive. Electric fireplaces have allowed manufacturers to get very creative. You can purchase unique electric fireplace solutions that hang on the wall like you would a picture or an entertainment center with an electric fireplace as the focal point but can still house your electronics such as DVD players, game consoles, and be a tv stand.

Electric fireplace pros and cons

  • Inexpensive to use
  • No maintenance
  • Heating can be adjusted
  • Can look as real as a real fire
  • Inexpensive to purchase
  • Don’t have to be limited to a traditional built in fireplace
  • Incredibly convenient
  • Often come with a remote control
  • Are vastly safer than traditional wood or gas fireplaces
  • Can be enjoyed even on the hottest day of the year by turning off the heater portion

Types of electric fireplaces

Electric Fireplace Inserts

Electric fireplace inserts are designed to fit into a traditional fireplace so that it can still be used as a traditional fireplace would be but without the hassle. These vary in design from simple artificial electric log inserts to fully shrouded devices with substantial heaters and amazingly realistic flame effects and sounds.

Built In Electric Fireplaces

Built in electric fireplaces are not specifically designed to be retrofit into an existing fireplace but built into a wall, cabinet, or console. Someone might decide to purchase a built in electric fireplace with a newly constructed home for instance.

Electric Fireplace Mantel Sets

An electric fireplace mantel set is a design that mirrors the design of a traditional fireplace but isn’t built in. It is simply placed against a wall and gives the same look and feel of a traditional fireplace.

Electric Fireplace Entertainment Centers and TV Stands

Electric fireplace entertainment centers and tv stands are media consoles that include a built in electric fireplace and also have storage space for electronics such as DVD players, game consoles, streaming media devices, and allow for a TV to be placed on top.

Electric Fireplace Wall Mounts

Electric fireplace wall mounts can either simply be hung on a wall like a picture or may be recessed into the wall. These can be far more appealing than a static picture.

Free Standing Electric Fireplaces

Free standing electric fireplaces range from large designs that may not be meant to be moved often and may take the form of an old fashioned stove for instance, or a small design that is merely a space heater that includes a natural looking flame effect. Some larger designs have wheels so they can be moved about a room when needed.

How does an electric fireplace flame work?

Different manufacturers have different methods for creating the illusion of a flame. The less convincing may simply use some pulsing LED lights while the most convincing ones currently use a humidifier to generate steam which is then lit with yellow, orange, and red lights to produce an amazingly realistic flame effect.

What is the most realistic electric fireplace?

The Dimplex Opti-Myst electric fireplaces are some of the most amazing products on the market.

Dimplex Opti-myst electric fireplace

The Opti-Myst line of electric fireplaces by Dimplex produce an amazingly realistic flame effect. By using steam from a humidifier the Opti-Myst projects colored light to convincingly mimic the look of real flames and smoke. Dimplex Opti-Myst electric fireplaces are not inexpensive but if you demand the most convincing electric fireplace then look no further.

How to use an electric fireplace?

Electric fireplaces would be inefficient for heating your entire home but by turning down the heat in your home and using an electric fireplace to heat the space you currently occupy you can significantly reduce your heating bill. If your goal isn’t to save money, simply switch on and enjoy.

Are electric fireplaces safe to leave on overnight? Can i put electric fireplace on carpet?

Electric fireplaces are far safer than the open flame of a traditional wood or gas fireplace. This doesn’t mean they are 100% safe and care should still be made to ensure flammable items don’t come into contact with the heating element. Some models will be inherently safer than others based on their design. Be sure to follow all of the manufacturers guidelines. 

In Conclusion: What is an Electric Fireplace? How Does an Electric Fireplace Work?

Hopefully you’ve gotten the answers to your questions you may have had regarding electric fireplaces. They are rapidly growing beyond the somewhat cheesy beginnings of unconvincing illusions to truly believable and eco-friendly alternatives to traditional wood and gas fireplaces.

Will

Will

Staff writer @PlugInFlames.com - Always mesmerized by a flickering flame and known to stare blankly into space for hours at a time. He may not be quick but he's a savant when it comes to electric fireplaces.

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