Electric fireplaces are hugely popular right now for the convenience they offer, both in terms of easy installation and simple operation. Whether you're looking for a traditional look with an electric log fireplace or something more modern with multi-color flames, there's almost certainly a model in our inventory that suits your tastes. Here at Fireplaces Direct, we carry the very best brands and manufacturers on the market, and that includes electric fire features.
If you're in the market for an electric fireplace but aren't quite ready to make the jump, you may have some questions. To help you along the way, we've collected some of the most commonly asked questions about electric fireplaces below along with helpful answers. If you don't see your question here, please reach out to our product specialists via phone, chat or email. They're happy to offer their expertise, and they don't work on commission, so you won't have to worry about any high-pressure sales tactics.
How long can you run an electric fireplace?
You'll want to refer to the owner's manual for the particular model you have or are considering buying for an exact answer, but generally speaking, electric fireplaces can be left running for several hours at least. Because of their energy-efficient design, many homeowners opt to leave their electric fireplace on overnight during the winter, acting as a space heater to reduce overall energy costs via zone heating. The most common point of failure for these fireplaces is the heating element, which can be caused by overuse. It's best to allow the fireplace to return to room temp at least once a day to extend the life of the heating element.
Can you install an electric fireplace anywhere?
Almost anywhere. Each model will have specific restrictions and requirements for installation. Common limits on install location include ensuring there's sufficient clearance between heating elements and combustible materials and keeping distance from water sources. In addition, only a select few fireplace models are approved for installation in bathrooms because of the increased humidity.
Do electric fireplaces need to be vented?
No, and that's one of the reasons behind their popularity. Because they're not burning anything, there's no need for ventilation of any kind. This makes them exceptionally easy to install, even for DIYers with only limited experience, tools and skills.
How much do electric fireplaces cost to run?
The exact answer will depend on the design of your fireplace and electricity costs in your area, but generally speaking, electric fireplaces are some of the most energy efficient (and thus cost efficient) options for a home hearth. An average electric fireplace, running on a 120V standard plug, will cost approximately 15 cents per hour to run. That's a price that would be tough to beat with other heating options. For more detail, check out our in-depth guide to energy efficiency.
Do I need a professional to install an electric fireplace?
Probably not, but it will depend on which type of fireplace you choose and your own comfort level with DIY projects. Many electric fireplaces are simple plug-and-play units that can either sit directly on the floor or come in an easy-to-assemble unit like our selection of electric fireplace TV stands. The other design that many homeowners choose to install themselves is a wall mounted electric fireplace that only requires being able to find a wall stud and drill holes.
If, on the other hand, you're looking to purchase an electric in-wall fireplace that requires cutting into drywall and framing the fireplace directly into the wall, you may want to hire a contractor depending on your level of experience. In addition, these types of fireplaces are often required to be hardwired into your home's electrical system. Improperly done electrical work can be dangerous, both to you and your home, so we recommend working with a qualified electrician.
Do electric fireplaces look real?
Many of them do! We carry a wide variety of models, so it's really just a matter of taste. There are electric fireplace inserts that truly mimic the look of a traditional wood-burning fireplace if that's your preference. We also carry an array of more modern designs that use reflective glass media, multi-color flames and LED lighting to create an entrancing look that's impossible to achieve with other fireplace types. If you're in the market for a traditional-looking design, you'll want to take a look at our guide to realistic electric fireplaces.
Can I put a TV above an electric fireplace?
Probably. The full answer will depend on the specific model of a fireplace in question, so it's important to check the owner's manual to be sure. Generally, excessive heat can cause damage to electronics and because heat rises, it's possible it could cause issues. If you're hoping to install a TV above your electric fireplace, keep an eye out for fireplace models that allow the heat and flame display to be controlled independently and for those which come with heat shields to protect anything mounted above them.
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