As the season changes and we head into Autumn, you may be thinking about Electric Fireplaces as a good option to warm your home this winter.

If solid fuel or gas isn’t an option, an electric fireplace offers a very viable and cost-effective alternative.  There is no flue or chimney needed, so they suit every property type from residential to commercial.  All  you need is a standard 240V power supply.

Understanding the differences

Some electric fireplaces are more substantial than others and have unique features and differences in how they operate. With an appearance like a traditional gas or wood-burning fireplace, the electric version does not require venting and gives the user the convenient option to use the flame without the heat.

How different models work

  • Many electric fireplace models operate by drawing in cool air from the room, warming it through a heating coil, and then dispersing the warmed air back into the room with a fan.
  • The infrared fireplace is an electric fireplace that uses an LED bulb producing infrared light; the coils surrounding the bulb distribute the heat evenly through a metal reflector that then sends the warm light rays into the room.
  • Electric fireplaces are available in four different types: wall-mount, built-in inserts, and stand-alone mantels.
  • Electric fireplaces allow homeowners to enjoy the flame and the additional heat in the room without the mess, fumes, or potentially dangerous gasses associated with combustion fireplaces.
  • Electric fireplaces have separate controls for the heating element and the flame, which means you can use the flame without the heat. Homeowners may enjoy using the electric fireplace all year long to create a peaceful ambiance, even when they need not heat the room.

Electric Fireplace Flame

While the electric fireplace appears to have logs and flames, they are not real. The flickering flame is a simulation caused by a regular light bulb and light refracted in a three-dimensional pattern that provides a realistic look. If an electric fireplace flame is not working, it is likely because the lightbulb needs to be replaced. Because the flame does not produce heat, only light, an electric fireplace is appropriate for year-round use.

Choose AB Electrical

If you want to learn more about Electric Fireplaces or other options for heating your home this winter, call us and we will happily advise you.