What is an Electric Fireplace?

What is an Electric Fireplace?

In these modern times, people are earnestly looking for ways to save money and the environment without having to compromise on quality. A traditional fireplace requires quite a sum of money to maintain, not to mention the harmful gases it emits when used. The circulated heat controlled by a thermostat is convenient, however, it is still costly. An electric fireplace is an alternative solution to all that. Popularized in the 1950s, companies have tried to improve the authentic feel of conventional fireplaces, thus here we are today.

The cost and maintenance of an electric fireplace is considerably cheaper than gas and wood fireplaces. With the use of zone heating, LED screens, and built-in timers, electric fireplaces save you money. It also uses clean electric power – no chimneys or smoke.  As such, it is friendly to the environment.  It is long-lasting because there are no corrosive elements that could damage the build. Oftentimes it is portable and convenient for those who like to redecorate their spaces from time to time.  Best of all, everything can be controlled with a remote.

Whether you are looking for a contemporary or classic design in electric fireplaces, there are several to choose from. To help filter your choices, here is a compilation of different types of electric fireplaces:

Wall Mount

This kind of electric fireplace is perfect for rooms with limited space since it will be mounted on the wall.  However, the space limitation also often requires it to be it will be permanently fixed to your wall.

Touchstone 50-inch Wall Mounted Fireplace with Heater

This could be the perfect addition to your bedroom or living room. With five different brightness settings and two heat settings, you can create the right mood with just a few clicks.

Note that if you ever intend to mount a TV just above it, this could affect your TV due to the heat emanating from the fireplace.

Moda Flame Houston 50-inch Electric Wall-Mounted Fireplace

One of the most popular electric fireplaces today, this model has a simple contemporary design. Choose between a stylish black or white metal frame that will best fit the feel of your room. Complete with heat and brightness settings, enjoy your days of comfort without having to worry about the costs. You may never want to leave your room again.

Free Standing

This type of electric fireplaces has next to no installation required. It is a stand-alone unit that is convenient to move around.  It may also double as a TV stand when you are tight on space.

SEI Narita Media Console with Electric Fireplace

A balance between modern and traditional, this fireplace has a beautiful wooden finish. There are cabinets located on each side for storage.  It is also wide enough to mount a a 50-inch flat screen TV on top.

Duraflame Large Stove Heater DFS-750-1

Other than the fact that it is such an easy task to operate this electric fireplace, its size proves to be practical for the smaller rooms. With its rustic charm and realistic 3D flames, it is the best of both worlds, or styles rather.


Just when you thought that there is no hope for your old fireplace, inserts are the modern solution to a classic problem. Inserts are the best alternative when it comes to the older houses with traditional fireplaces that are no longer functioning.

Place the insert inside your old fireplace and bring back the light without the mess. Just because there is heat coming out of your fireplace doesn’t mean you will have to worry about the smoke.  What’s great about this kind of fireplace is that it is so affordable.

Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe 23-inch Insert

With its compact size, the electronic insert can fit snuggly into almost any standard sized masonry fireplace. All you need to do is to find a 120-Volt outlet and you’re good to go.

Duraflame Electric Log Insert

Just like the Dimplex-branded fireplace insert, this model will add to the heat and the calming atmosphere of your room with no additional space needed.  It has a convenient size that gives you the flexibility that you require.

Electronic fireplaces are certainly safer than conventional fireplaces, however one can never be too careful when it comes to safety.  Here are some tips that you want to keep in mind when you operate your electric fireplace.

  • When the heating option is turned on, do not touch the fireplace’s surface. Your kids and pets should also be kept away from the electric fireplace to prevent accidents.
  • Like all your other home appliances, always unplug your electric fireplace when not in use.
  • They are strictly for indoor use only.
  • Do not expose your electronic fireplace to water.
  • Read more about safety hazards in your electronic fireplace’s manual.

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