The 10 Most Asked Questions About Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces can be a bit confusing if you haven’t owned one in the past. Many prospective buyers come with a checklist of questions that they need answered before they can make the decision to go green. This post aims to answer some of the most common questions about electric fireplaces to help you make knowledgeable purchasing decisions.

Be sure to learn how electric fireplaces work by reading our Complete Beginners Guide!

Common Questions About Electric Fireplaces

63.75" Dimplex Gibraltar Travertine Glass Electric Fireplace

The 63.75″ Dimplex Gibraltar Travertine Glass Electric Fireplace. See more.

1. How does installation work?

Installation depends on the type of unit you have purchased. Electric fireplaces simply plug into your standard 120v wall outlet and require absolutely zero remodeling, masonry, or drywall replacement. That’s more money you can keep in your pocket! Electric fireplaces are relatively light-weight, hence the reference to “Portable Fireplace.” You can install these units with 2 people. Electric inserts can be used to convert old wood and gas fireplaces to a modish solution. You simply seat these units within the existing pit.

2. How efficient are they?

As with all things, the future is moving towards electricity. Electricity is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly energy solutions in this day and age. Electric fireplaces cost mere pennies to operate, literally equating to 7 cents per hour. You can see a comparison of heating costs between wood, gas, and electric fireplaces here. These devices are 100% Energy Efficient!

3. What makes them any better than wood stoves or gas fireplaces?

Electric fireplaces are safe, efficient, and effective. They require little clean up and can provide ample heat for hours without you having to lift a finger. Most come with a remote that allows you to adjust temperature and brightness of flame with the click of a button. These space heating devices emit zero pollutants and are safe for children.

Dimplex Marana Cherry Glass Entertainment Center Fireplace

The 75.5″ Dimplex Marana Cherry Glass Entertainment Center Fireplace. Stay warm while you watch the game!

4. Do they really work?

Yes, electric fireplaces have come a long way and current models will be able to keep your toes nice and toasty. Heating capacity varies from model to model but it’s not uncommon for electric heaters to produce upwards of 5,000 BTU’s. Due to the nature of their heating source, electric fireplaces can heat up the room much faster than other devices. You don’t have to sit around and wait for the house to warm up. Enjoy warm air instantly!

5. Are they safe?

Yes, electric fireplaces are not only safe for your family, they are safe for the environment. It’s an easy decision to make. Many house fires are started by a burning flame left on overnight. With electric units, you won’t have to worry about this. Ashes and pollutants from wood fireplaces can irritate the lungs of those suffering from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Electric units do not release any toxic chemicals into the air, leaving your home happy and healthy!

6. Can I connect my electric fireplace with an extension cord?

No, never connect your electric fireplace with an extension cord. This could cause a fire and should never be a long term solution. You can read more about this in our previous post.

Kendall Electric Media Fireplace - Glazed Pine

The 52″ Kendall Electric Media Fireplace with a rich Glazed Pine finish.

7. How much do they cost?

Electric fireplaces can range anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand. Small wall mounted heaters and tabletop devices can be had for under $100 if you’re looking to add a quaint charm to your home. Price is determined by heating capacity, materials, and special features. You can browse our collection to get an idea of what’s out there.

8. What is the flame effect?

The flame effect is a setting that creates an illusion that imitates the qualities of a real flame. Originally Patented by Dimplex in 1995, the flame effect is an added luxury that allows homeowners to make the switch to electric without sacrificing the visual appeal of a romantic flame.

9. How long do they last?

Electric fireplaces can last for 10-20 years depending on how frequently they are used. Many manufacturers offer warranties ranging from 1 year to 10 years depending on the model.

10. What are some of the top brands?

Portable Fireplace is an authorized dealer of some of the most reliable brands on the market including Ambella, Dimplex, Classic Flame, and Holly & Martin. Although other sites may boast a larger quantity, we value the quality of each and every one of the fireplaces that we choose to carry. We evaluate our selection based upon aesthetic appeal, functionality, craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction ratings. Every one of the products you see listed on our website is guaranteed to please.

St. Andrews Electric Fireplace

The 57.5″ St. Andrews Electric Fireplace features a two toned finish that is carved from pine. From the Ambella Home Collection.

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