Who doesn’t love the cozy warmth and ambient glow from a fireplace? Depending on where you live, temperatures below 50 degrees may warrant the dusting off of trusty fireplace tools. An electric fireplace will more than do the trick this winter with a whole lot less hassle and mess. These super cool, unconventional fireplaces have come such a long way in the past decade.
Realistic electric fireplaces offer all the familiar enjoyment of a wood-burning fireplace without the hassle or the cleanup. You don’t even have to have a chimney to enjoy an electric fireplace. Taking it a step further, you can have the comfort of a warm fire in any room in your home. That’s right, folks. You can literally have it all when you have an electric fireplace. And you can even use an electric fireplace without heat, so you can enjoy the ambiance of a fire any time of year.
You are about to become a veritable expert on all things electric fireplace. Hope you’re ready because things are about to heat up.
1. Where There’s Smoke …
In the case of an electric fireplace, there is no fire. I know you’re having a hard time believing me because the flames look so realistic. An electric fireplace is so warm, yet no real flames are produced. It sounds like a bunch of smoke and mirrors, but it’s actually pretty simple. Light from an LED bulb bounces off a silver refractor in 3D
patterns that look like the flickering flames of a real fire. Some models even feature crackling sound effects for an extra dose of authenticity.
Much like electric space heaters electric fireplaces warm your room through the use of fan-forced heat. Today’s electric fireplaces are even cool to the touch, which is great for families with small children and/or pets.
2. Cutting-Edge Style and Technology
When you start shopping for your electric fireplace, you may hear some unfamiliar terminology: insert, wall-hanging insert, and infrared insert just to name a few. Depending on the type, inserts fit snugly into your wall, your mantel, or your TV stand.
There are beautiful furniture units that feature shelving or storage alongside a space dedicated to an electric fireplace insert. The Twin Star Home™ Greatlin TV Stand with ClassicFlame® Electric Fireplace is part of the contemporary Greatlin Entertainment Collection. This TV Stand accommodates most flat screen TVs up to 70 inches and up to 105 pounds, and it features two integrated Bluetooth® compatible speakers that allow you to listen to TV audio with home theater quality, or wirelessly stream from any Bluetooth-enabled device in the room. It even includes two dark gray baskets and adjustable shelves. Room for a fireplace and storage? Sold.
Maybe a wall mantel is more your speed. If you’re looking for a piece that packs a serious punch, check out the stylish Artesian Wall Fireplace Mantel with 28 Infrared Quartz Electric Fireplace in a clean white finish (insert link to CF webpage here http://classicflame.com/product/artesian-wall-mantel-28wm426-t401/). It’s truly a showstopper. With countless models to choose from, you’re bound to find the right fit for your home and unique style.
3. Better Air Quality and A Healthier Planet
Going green is a hot topic nowadays. Electric fireplaces look and behave just like a wood-burning fireplace with one huge exception: nothing is being burned. This alone makes an electric fireplace the greenest option out there. Since there is no wood or gas burning and emissions from smoke, there is zero pollution to the environment and atmosphere. With an electric fireplace, there is no worry of carbon monoxide in the air you’re breathing (you also never have to worry about a not-so-clean chimney).
Electric fireplaces also use LED technology. The normal lifespan of an LED bulb is up to 50,000 hours and it contains no mercury, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This efficient system consumes less than half the energy of regular incandescent bulbs. Your electric fireplace is saving you money while keeping the Earth happy. Sounds like a win-win if you ask me.
4. Keeps Utility Costs Low
Supplemental zone heating your home is a smart way to cut down on utility costs during the colder months. In a nutshell, zone heating works like this: you only add extra heat to the rooms you use most. If you think about it, you already have zone systems in place. Lighting and plumbing systems are the best examples. You don’t have to turn on every light in the house when you go into the kitchen and you definitely don’t have to turn on every faucet when you want to take a bath or shower. In short, supplemental zone heating can be described as on-demand heat where you need it. Now that’s a million-dollar idea.
Here’s how zone heating can save you some dough: turn the thermostat down on your central heating system. For each degree you reduce on the thermostat, you will save 3 percent on your heating bill. But when you set the thermostat to 67°F or below, that’s when you will really start to see the savings pile up.
When used as part of a zone heating strategy, your beautiful electric fireplace becomes an investment piece that can save you money all year long!
5. Safety Features
In the past decade or so, electric heaters in general have come a long way in terms of safety features, and electric fireplaces are no exception. In addition to remaining cool to the touch, some models include fire prevention technologies like Safer Plug™ and Safer Sensor™. Patent-pending Safer Plug™ fire prevention technology from ClassicFlame® constantly monitors the temperature of the plug and automatically powers off in the event unsafe conditions arise.
Patent-pending Safer Sensor™ fire prevention technology from ClassicFlame® alerts you and automatically powers the fireplace off if anything is blocking the heat output. With heaters this smart, you’ll wish for longer winters year after year.
In Conclusion – What You Should Know Now About Electric Fireplaces
Your home is your sanctuary and there are few things more calming and relaxing than a dancing fire on a cool night after a stressful day at work. How about a dancing fire without the heat on a warm night? Sounds crazy, but it is an actual reality with an electric fireplace.
An electric fireplace will only add value to your sanctuary. And if you don’t already have one, they are a cinch to operate, come in a wide variety of styles, and do not require any remodeling to your home. Think of your new electric fireplace as the missing piece to the ‘home of your dreams’ puzzle. Your family (and your wallet) will thank you.