An electric fireplace serves as an innovative electric heater designed to emulate the charm and ambiance of a traditional fireplace. Electric fireplaces simply plug into a standard wall outlet. The illusion of a flickering flame is artfully crafted using LED lighting technology and a reflective mirror element that dynamically moves to produce a remarkably realistic fire-like effect.
Electric fireplaces can be operated with or without heat, offering the advantage of a cozy flame effect even on warm days. Many electric fireplaces are equipped with thermostats and remote controls, providing a convenient and user-friendly experience for regulating heat and ensuring seamless operation.
Fan Forced Versus Infrared Quartz Electric Fireplaces
The standard electric fireplace operates efficiently using a standard 120-volt outlet and provide three distinct heating options: fan-forced, ceramic, and infrared quartz.
In the fan-forced system, also known as forced-fan, a silent fan circulates air over heated coils, creating a gentle warmth throughout the room. Conversely, the infrared quartz mechanism emits heat through invisible infrared light, warming objects it comes into contact with—such as people, furniture, and bodies—rather than heating the surrounding air. This results in a more comfortable environment, and the infrared quartz heat also preserves humidity in the air, contributing to a pleasantly balanced home atmosphere. Ceramic heaters, utilized in some of the Dimplex electric fireplaces, allows for more versatility with a heat boost option and eco setting.
Regardless of the chosen heating method, the exterior of the heating element's area remains cool to the touch while the fireplace is in operation. This unique feature enhances the appeal of electric fireplaces, particularly for households with young children or pets.
All-in-One Units Versus Electric Fireplace Inserts
Electric fireplaces are available in two primary forms: all-in-one units and fireplace inserts (or logs), crafted to seamlessly integrate into existing fireplaces and chimneys. Remarkably, both variations can operate safely without requiring any venting.
Types of Electric Fireplaces
Electric fireplace inserts are crafted to seamlessly integrate into existing fireplaces and chimneys, RV cabinets, etc. Built-in electric fireplace inserts or fireboxes can be used for all of the above, as well as framed into a wall or build out. Electric logs are a perfect solution if you want to maintain the integrity of your traditional fireplace for future use.
For those favoring a free-standing, portable unit, a selection of traditional mantels and media stands are readily available. Media stands come complete with concealed compartments for media components, cleverly hiding electronics while serving as a functional television stand. Flat screen televisions can be placed directly atop the fireplace mantel (see manufacturer specifications for weight capacity).
For a more contemporary aesthetic, wall-hanging units offer a sleek appearance by mounting on the wall with brackets, akin to a wall-mounted television. This type of electric fireplace is especially suitable for rooms with limited floor space. Several electric fireplaces are designed to be recessed or framed into a wall for an even slimmer profile. Linear wall-mount or wall-insert electric fireplaces range in several sizes and some can be bracketed together to create an even wider fireplace wall.
Freestanding models provide versatility, allowing placement flush against a flat wall or in a corner based on personal preference.
Caution: It is essential to always read the product specifications for the maximum size and weight recommendations for items placed on top of an electric fireplace TV stand and follow installation guides.
Sizes of Electric Fireplaces
Electric fireplaces are available in various sizes, catering to the needs of virtually any room. Whether you're looking for a compact solution like small corner electric fireplaces that occupy minimal space or larger units spanning 50 inches in width and beyond, there's an option for every room size. The size of the fireplace does NOT determine the heating capacity of the fireplace. The number of BTUs determines the electric fireplace’s heating ability.
What Does BTU Mean?
BTU, or British Thermal Units, serves as a measure of the power or heat that an electric fireplace can provide. When searching for an electric fireplace, you'll commonly find the BTU rating highlighted in the product details. In general, a higher BTU indicates a greater heat-generating capacity for the fireplace. To provide context, an electric fireplace with a 5,200-BTU output has the capability to provide supplemental heat in an area of up to 1,000 square feet.