The Opti-Myst Fire Effect is one of the most state-of-the-art electric fireplace technologies featuring the first ever flame and smoke effect. Previously, electric fireplaces only replicated the visual flames of a fire; the Opti-Myst Fire Effect adds a mist that looks like real smoke rising from the flames.
*You can view a complete list of fireplaces equipped with the Opti-Myst Fire Effect here.
Opti-Myst Smoke Effect: Optical Illusion or a Hologram
Dimplex Opti-Myst fireplaces use an ultrasonic technology that was adapted from commercial applications. This feature creates an ultra-fine water mist that is illuminated by the Opti-Flame Effect. LED lighting projects 3D flickering flames while the Opti-Myst Effect produces life-like smoke. It’s so real that it almost looks like a hologram.
How it Works
A transducer creates ultrasonic waves that atomizes water into a very fine mist. Normally, mist is created by heating water but this wouldn’t work with electric fireplaces because it would introduce humidity inside the firebox. So, engineers at Dimplex devised a system that produces mist without elevating the temperature. This is how the process works:
- A water tank holds a water source for the unit.
- Water is pumped out of the tank via a sump.
- A transducer turns the water into a fine mist
- A small fan blows this mist vertically.
Is the Opti-Myst Fire Effect Safe?
Yes, the Opti-Myst Fire effect is completely safe for kids and adults. As above stated, the “smoke” is created using room-temperature water mist. There is no odor or smell to the smoke and it does not create any indoor pollution. There’s no steam so you can even put your hand through the flames.
In addition, anti-microbials are infused into plastic materials; just another step that Dimplex has taken to ensure that the water does not create any safety concerns. The water tank is held within the fireplace and serves as the water source for the Opti-Myst Fire Effect.
Testing has been conducted by the Microbiology Department of the University College cork to observe the additives. Researchers concluded that electric fireplaces equipped with the Opti-Myst Fire Effect do not extend any microbiological risks.
But What About Clean Up?
Units equipped with the Opti-Myst Effect are easy to clean. The sump can be placed in the dishwasher. Filtered water should be used because tap water can lead to a buildup of lime scale. The plastic has been polished so that if buildup does occur, it can be removed easily. Aside from that, there are no other special steps that need to be taken to clean Opti-Myst Fireplaces.
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