3 Expert Tips To Choose An Electric Fireplace

Electric fireplaces can be a wonderful addition to the modern or traditional home but choosing one can be tricky at best. Here are a few pro tips for picking the best electric fireplace for your home.

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Tip 1. What are the types of electric fireplaces?

There are a few types of electric fireplaces available, each with their own unique offering to your home in terms of style, utility and heating. Let's take a look at them and see which one fits you best.

Wall Mountable

Electric fireplaces come in a variety of styles, one of which is wall mountable fireplaces. There are two primary types of wall mountable fireplaces, one that installs directly into the wall and the other, which comes with an installation kit allowing it to be installed on the surface of the wall.

Normally, electric fireplaces that are installed on the wall's surface are easier to install and only require the installation of a wall bracket, near to an electrical outlet as a power source for your new fireplace. In-wall installations are more permanent in nature and often require professional aid.

Most wall mountable electric fireplaces are designed to resemble traditional ones and thus sit against the wall at knee height. Some, however, have taken a stylistically modern approach and not only sit higher up, but also sport non-traditional finishes and have high-tech LED displays.

Some of the most modern wall-mounted designs offer a unique ice-themed fire. With LED display and remote control, they offer you customizable effects and temperatures at the touch of a button.

Modern kitchens and home bars that are searching for a touch of modern elegance would do well to give this model a second glance.

LED Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
Modern Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
Black Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace with Blue Flame
Long Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
White Frame Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
Small Curved Glass Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace

Fireplace TV Stands

Fireplace TV stands are the most versatile of the electric fireplaces. These stands come in a variety of styles and finishes and are often equipped with multimedia shelves and drawers for the adequate storage of your multimedia devices.

Flat screen TVs are well framed by these stands, whether placed directly on them or mounted on the wall above them. You won't have to be concerned about heat affecting your TV either, since the heat radiated by electric panels travels strictly outward and not upward.

You will find refreshingly modern designs, featuring LED lighting to highlight your media devices, for example, a sleek, symmetrical white design that makes it a perfect centerpiece for most modern living spaces.

TV Stand with Fireplace Included in White
 Solid Wood TV Stand Fireplace
Modern TV Stand Electric Fireplace
Industrial Wooden Fireplace TV Stand
Traditional White Wooden Fireplace TV Stand
Industrial Wood and Metal Fireplace TV Stand

Fireplace Inserts + Logs

If you're the owner of an older home or a new home with a fireplace you're hoping to no longer use, a fireplace insert is a safe, energy-efficient and eco-friendly option for remaking your fireplace. Instead of having your old fireplace filled in with concrete or plaster, you can have it replaced by a fireplace insert.

Traditional fireplaces can be difficult to maintain, especially when they have been out of use for a long time. Replacing one with a fireplace insert can be an easy way to maintain the ambiance of a fireplace without any of the risk, potential humidity or need for maintenance.

Corner Fireplaces

As their name implies, corner fireplaces are intended to fit flush in the corner of your room. This type of electric fireplace does well to radiate heat across your entire room since they radiate heat from a diagonal angle.

Some corner fireplaces feature panels that are collapsible, once folded in, these panels allow corner fireplaces to sit flush against your wall, opening options for your stylistic preference.

Electric Fireplace Mantels

Electric fireplace mantels are designed to mirror a traditional fireplace and are designed with ambiance in mind. They are typically more expensive than wall mountable fireplaces by a fair margin since they offer significantly more to a room aesthetically.

Electric fireplace mantels can come in a variety of finishes and styles, each of which can offer a unique contribution to your space.

Modern style fireplace mantels offer a sleek, white, linear composition that lends itself well to a contemporary entertainment or dining room.

Some come with a faux stone surrounding the firebox that will add a rustic feel to your interior.

You will also find classically trimmed and finished wooden mantels that will match traditional spaces. Dark wood contrasts nicely with the vivid flame electric firebox, providing both heat and ambiance to your room.

Wooden Fireplace Shelf Mantel
Electric Fireplace Shelf Mantel in White
Rustic Floating Wood Fireplace Shelf Mantel
Light Wood Fireplace Mantel Surround
White Mantel for Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace

Tip 2. How much power does my electric fireplace need?

Once you have settled on the type and style of an electric fireplace that you're interested in, it's natural to consider adequate heating next. If you're using your heater as a supplemental source of heating, a good rule of thumb for knowing how much power you need is multiplying the square footage of your room by 10.

Total Area (sq. ft.) x 10 = Required Power in Watts

Most electric fireplace models operate between 750-1500 Watts of power, which makes them most suitable for rooms up to 150 sq. ft., which covers most living rooms and A/V rooms.

Slim Long Black Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
Square Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
Curved Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
Traditional Electric Fireplace in Grey
Silver Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
Medium Black Electric Fireplace

Tip 3. What features should I look for when choosing an electric fireplace?

At this point, you know all the basics you need to, so let's take a quick look at some extra features you can consider in your electric fireplace.

Flame Only Mode

Sometimes, having ambiance without the added heat can be a blessing. A flame only mode, turns your LED display on, without heating your room. That way, instead of sweating under your blankets, you'll be able to cuddle with your family or significant other by firelight without overheating.

Remote Control

Remote controls add an extra layer of convenience to your fireplace experience. You'll be able to preheat rooms without having to be there, adjust temperatures without getting up and customize your flame display freely.

Cool-to-the-touch

Cool-to-the-touch operation is necessary if you have children or pets at home. LED displays can be incredibly attractive so it's useful to have a heater that won't burn your child or your pet. Plus, you'll be able to interact with your fireplace hands-on, if you need to, without worrying about being burned.

Thermostat

Thermostats are incredibly useful when it comes to precise temperature control and moderating your energy use. Thermostats maximize your comfort by controlling the speed at which temperature rises in your room and prevents your room from getting too hot.

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.