While modern HVAC systems have replaced the humble fireplace as the primary source of heat for the modern American home, it remains a highly sought after commodity due to its comfort and aesthetic-value. Even homes that lack a traditional fireplace are able to get in on the fun with electric fireplaces: space heaters designed to emulate the look and feel of a classic fireplace. If you’re considering an electric fireplace for your Ocean Township home, here’s what you should know.
It’s More “Electric” Than “Fireplace”
The most important thing to understand about electric fireplaces is that they aren’t actual fireplaces; they are space heaters designed to mimic the look and aesthetic of a traditional fireplace. Using an LED screen, the heater displays an image of a roaring, cozy fire. And while a space heater is obviously more safe than an open raging flame, there are still some things you need to consider safety-wise when dealing with such an appliance. The main of which is to regularly unplug it to prevent overheating and electrical fires. While slightly safer than a traditional fireplace, there are still safety precautions you need to take to ensure you enjoy your electric fireplace safely. We did another blog post about space heater safety which you can read here.
Where Do You Install Them?
Most of the time, electric fireplaces are installed in the space of an older, nonfunctioning, traditional fireplace. In the lack of a fireplace, your electrical fireplace can be mounted on a wall much like a flat screen TV. Because of their larger than average size, they are able to heat much more space than the regular space heater, up to 1,000 square feet.
What are the Benefits?
When compared to other methods of heating, an electric fireplace can certainly be an improvement. Here are a couple of the benefits:
- Lower Cost Than Other Fireplace Options
- No Mess to Clean Up
- Easy Installation Process
- Clean Air
- No Open Fire Means No Danger to Kids or Pets
- Zero Maintenance