Do electric fireplaces really work?

Staying warm can be done efficiently, affordably, and aesthetically through the use of an electric fireplace. It’s commonly and incorrectly assumed that electric fireplaces can’t produce any heat; however, many models can produce anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 British Thermal Units (BTU’s) of heat. This may not be enough to warm your entire home, but it is certainly enough heat to warm up a small apartment or an entire home living room.

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What is an Electric Fireplace?

An electric fireplace is a heater that uses electricity to work, rather than a traditional fireplace that burns coal, wood, or natural gas. The electric fireplace is present in many modern homes, as it is better for the environment while also just as effective and aesthetic as the traditional counterpart.

Electric fireplaces plug into the wall, and can be used to make a room more welcoming by simulating flames, the crackle of a fire, and giving off heat.

How Is Heat Produced?

Think of an electric fireplace simply as an electric heater but with more style and flair. The heating element within the device is called an electric resistor, which allows electric current to be converted from electric energy into heat energy. The heating element warms up automatically once the fireplace is plugged in and turned on, providing instant warmth.

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Will It Heat The Whole Room?

With a traditional fireplace, it will eventually heat a room, but only at a very slow pace. Using the fan of an electric fireplace, you’ll be able to feel warm faster wherever you are.

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The settings of an electric fireplace can vary how the heat is transferred across a space; an internal fan within the device is capable of spreading the warmth across a room up to 400 square feet in size. The design of an electric fireplace ensures that none of the heat is lost and goes to waste, as the fan distributes all the heat produced by the resistor.

The blower motor of the fan is also virtually silent, which allows for an even cozier atmosphere. Controls on most models are hidden, preserving the look of a real fireplace. Some units even include a remote control for you to adjust the heat settings, allowing easy use from across the room.

Benefits of Electric Fireplaces

An electric fireplace holds many environmental and aesthetic benefits. Some of them include:

  • No need to purchase or chop wood
  • No need to clean the fireplace
  • No need for a chimney or gas line
  • No need to clean a chimney or flue
  • No harmful emissions in your home
  • No fear of fire damage or injuries associated with traditional fireplaces
  • No remodeling required, like with a gas- or wood-burning fireplace installation
  • No allergies instigated by burning wood
  • No wasted time starting a fire- just flip a switch
  • Portability of an electric fireplace, allowing for easy relocation
  • Availability of sound devices to mimic crackling of traditional fireplaces

Learning More About Electric Fireplaces

Owning an electric fireplace is the hallmark of a modern homeowner. With it, you’ll be able to heat your home efficiently while having a beautiful focal point in any room. If you want to know how the electric fireplace works, or want to find your future piece, has a broad variety of inserts, corner fireplaces, and electric fireplace tv stands perfect for your home!

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About the Author
Megan Meyer is an interior design consultant focusing on crisp modern interiors with a tinge of retro styling. She offers design and consulting services for residential and commercial spaces. Follow her for fool proof design tips for everyday homeowners.