Electric Fireplaces 101: Everything You Need To Know About Electric Fireplaces

Electric Fireplaces 101: Everything You Need To Know About Electric Fireplaces

Want to buy an electric fireplace but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

Electric fireplaces are popular options for adding comfort and ambiance to any room. They come in all designs, shapes, and sizes, so homeowners may feel overwhelmed and lost when choosing the right one. In this guide, we’ll go over why you should choose electric fireplaces, things you must consider before buying, and many more!

Table of Contents

    Understanding Electric Fireplace: An Overview

    SUNHEAT SHWMFP42 42" 1500W Black Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplace With Optional Table Stand

    In Picture: SUNHEAT SHWMFP42 42" 1500W Black Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplace With Optional Table Stand

    A. What is an Electric Fireplace?

    An electric fireplace is a modern, budget-friendly alternative to old-style fireplaces. It looks and heats like the traditional ones but doesn’t need wood or gas. It’s cleaner and easier to maintain, since there’s no mess or danger from flames. You can install it easily and just turn it on with a button. This makes it a convenient and attractive option for any home.

    B. How Electric Fireplaces Give Off Heat

    Visuals of an Electric Fireplace

    Heating Mechanisms 

    • Heating Coil: This is the most common heating method in electric fireplaces. When turned on, metal coils within the unit quickly heat up. A built-in fan then blows air over these hot coils, which pushes the warm air out into the room, circulating it to evenly raise the room's temperature. This method is reliable and effective for consistent heat distribution.
    • Ceramic Plate: Some electric fireplaces are equipped with a ceramic plate that provides radiant heating. This method directly heats the objects it touches with infrared rays, rather than heating the air. Radiant heating is particularly energy-efficient as it reduces heat loss to the environment, making it a cost-effective option for sustained warmth.
    • Infrared Technology: For more advanced heating, some electric fireplaces use infrared technology. This method emits infrared light that directly warms objects and people in the room, similar to how sunlight warms objects it touches. Infrared heating is quick, efficient, and capable of warming larger areas without the typical energy waste of traditional heating methods. It's especially suitable for open spaces or rooms with high ceilings.

    Ambiance, Visual, and Auditory Features

    • Visual Effects: Modern electric fireplaces utilize advanced LED lighting to create realistic flickering flames. Owners can adjust the color and brightness of the flames, allowing for complete customization to fit the mood or decor. Some models even offer multiple flame settings to mimic different types of fires, from a slow-burning ember glow to a vibrant roaring fire.
    • Sound Features: Adding to the visual realism, some electric fireplaces include a sound module that replicates the crackling sound of burning wood. This feature enhances the sensory experience, making the electric fireplace feel as cozy and inviting as a traditional wood-burning fireplace. It’s perfect for creating a warm, nostalgic atmosphere.
    • Additional Sensory Elements: Beyond visual and sound features, some high-end models may also include aromatic diffusers that can emit scents similar to burning wood or other comforting aromas. This multi-sensory approach can make the electric fireplace a central feature of home comfort, especially during colder months.

    C. Different Types of Electric Fireplaces

    Superior ERL3100 100" Linear Contemporary Electric Fireplace

    In Picture: Superior ERL3100 100" Linear Contemporary Electric Fireplace

    Linear Fireplaces  

    Linear fireplaces have a modern, long shape with a straight flame. They look great in modern homes, especially in living rooms, and are often the main feature. They show a wide view of the fire, making the room feel warm and fitting well with simple, modern styles. These fireplaces are best in big rooms where you can fully see the long flame.

    Continental 30" Contemporary Indoor Built-in Electric Fireplace Insert

    In Picture: Continental 30" Contemporary Indoor Built-in Electric Fireplace Insert

    Built-In Fireplaces  

    Built-in fireplaces fit right into the wall, giving a clean and smooth look that matches the room's design. You can install them at different heights to fit different room styles. They're great for making living rooms and bedrooms look more elegant without taking up any floor space.

    Napoleon CLEARion Elite 50 See-Through Built-In Electric Fireplace

    In Picture: Napoleon CLEARion Elite 50 See-Through Built-In Electric Fireplace

    See-Through Fireplaces  

    See-through electric fireplaces let you see the fire from two places, like from inside and outside or between two rooms. They are usually installed in walls that separate spaces or near outside areas. They're perfect for homes with open spaces or for adding a special feature to outdoor areas.

    Faber e-MatriX 39 Three-Sided Bay View Built-in Water Vapor Electric Fireplace

    In Picture: Faber e-MatriX 39 Three-Sided Bay View Built-in Water Vapor Electric Fireplace

    Water Vapor Fireplaces  

    Water vapor fireplaces use special technology to create a mist that looks like real flames. They are safe, use energy well, and don't need real fire. This makes them good for places like apartments or businesses where you can't have a chimney. They look very real and are safe for places like hotels, restaurants, or homes.

    In Picture: Dimplex 33" Self-trimming Plug-In Electric Firebox


    The firebox is the part of a fireplace where the actual fire is. It's made from strong materials like metal or bricks and is important for keeping the fire safe and making sure the fireplace lasts a long time. They come in different sizes and styles to fit different needs and room sizes.

    Dynasty Presto 35" Electric Fireplace Insert(EF45D)

    In Picture: Dynasty Presto 35" Electric Fireplace Insert(EF45D)


    Fireplace inserts are made to fit into old fireplaces. They are a good way to update old wood-burning fireplaces to new electric or gas ones. They keep the old fireplace's charm while using less energy and needing less upkeep. They're especially good for old homes that want to keep their look or any home that wants to update an old fireplace.

    Sierra Flame by Amantii Cast Iron Freestanding 23"/28" Electric Stove

    In Picture: Sierra Flame by Amantii Cast Iron Freestanding 23"/28" Electric Stove


    Freestanding stoves look like old wood-burning stoves but can use wood, gas, or electricity. They are known for giving off a lot of heat and can make a room feel cozy and charming. They're especially good for adding extra warmth in cold places or as the main heater in small homes. You can put them anywhere in the house, from living rooms to basements.

    Napoleon Woodland 24 Electric Fireplace Log Set Insert

    In Picture: Napoleon Woodland 24 Electric Fireplace Log Set Insert

    Log Sets  

    Log sets are made to look like real wood logs and are used in gas fireplaces. They give the look of a real wood fire without needing to burn wood, which is cleaner and easier. They're perfect for people who like the look of a real fire but want something simpler and safer. They're especially good for living rooms where you want the feel of a real fire without the mess.

    Schwank 33 ElectricSchwank Dual Element 3000W Infrared Electric Patio Heater

    In Picture: Schwank 33 ElectricSchwank Dual Element 3000W Infrared Electric Patio Heater

    Patio Heaters  

    Patio heaters help make outdoor spaces warmer so you can enjoy them even when it's cold. They come in different styles like freestanding or mounted to a wall, and they usually use propane or electricity. They're great for backyards, cafes, or any outdoor place where you want to keep people warm. They're useful and flexible, making them important for anyone who wants to make their outdoor space better.

    Why Choose Electric Fireplaces?

    Benefits of Electric Fireplaces

    Supplementary Heating

    Electric fireplaces are great for quickly heating your space without primary or central heating systems. They can provide immediate heat that can easily be controlled using a remote control. This ensures that you can comfortably enjoy a warm room and a cozy aesthetic, which is valuable if you have draftier rooms or are experiencing the cold seasons.


    Electric fireplaces are safer alternatives to gas and wood fireplaces, as they do not produce any real flames. Additionally, the glass of the fireplace remains cool. This becomes handy to homeowners with kids and/or pets, as it reduces the chances of accidental burns or fires.

    Controlled Heating

    Electric fireplaces are highly efficient when it comes to zone heating. This means that they can heat the area only being used rather than the whole house, which saves you money on electricity bills in the long run. Furthermore, it increases personal comfort.


    Speaking of saving money, electric fireplaces are cost-efficient due to the lack of fuel, low maintenance, and heating features. When purchasing one for your home, you do not have to worry about messy clean-ups and massive renovations.

    Design Variety

    Electric fireplaces are available in a variety of designs and styles. This makes them versatile to fit almost any decor, whether it be for a classic and traditional look or a modern sleek aesthetic. Additionally, the realistic and customizable LED flames can cater to almost any preference homeowners have.  This design flexibility, combined with their functionality, makes electric fireplaces a popular choice for enhancing the ambiance and comfort of a living space. 

    Setup and Upkeep

    A. Installation Requirements

    Most electric fireplaces can be plugged into a standard wall outlet, though certain models may require the installation of a dedicated electrical line or a special circuit. These fireplaces operate on either 110V or 220V power, depending on the specific design.

    While some models are designed for simple plug-and-play use, others necessitate additional installation efforts. This might involve installing a new outlet close to where the fireplace will be located, making room for the unit, wiring it up, and potentially fitting a mantel.

    B. Installation Options

    Costway 25" Recessed Electric Heater

    In Picture: Costway 25" Recessed Electric Heater


    Recessed electric fireplaces are fireplaces fitted directly into the wall. They are the most modern representation of traditional fireplaces seen in kitchens, large living rooms, or hallways. They do not provide very intense heat. However, this can be mitigated by placing a reflective surface above it.

    Sierra Flame by Amantii Freestanding 26 Electric Fireplace

    In Picture: Sierra Flame by Amantii Freestanding 26 Electric Fireplace


    Freestanding electric fireplaces are versatile appliances that comfortably fit in between furniture or in narrow areas. Because of this, they are perfect for people who live in apartments or those who have small living spaces.

    EcoSmart Fire 120" EL120 Electric Fireplace Insert by Mad Design Group

    In Picture: EcoSmart Fire 120" EL120 Electric Fireplace Insert by Mad Design Group


    Electric fireplace inserts are commonly placed in unconventional areas such as porches, bathrooms, and large hallways. Just like any other electric fireplace, they are emission-free and non-allergenic. 

    Dimplex Sierra 72" Wall-Mount/Tabletop Linear Electric Fireplace

    In Picture: Dimplex Sierra 72" Wall-Mount/Tabletop Linear Electric Fireplace


    Small properties and rental spaces are areas where adding a sophisticated-looking fireplace can be difficult. However, you can now achieve a modern and cozy ambiance using wall-mounted electric fireplaces.

    C. Cleaning and Maintenance

    Cleaning and Maintenance

    Safety and Preparation  

    Before starting any maintenance on your electric fireplace, ensure it is completely turned off to prevent electric shocks. For plug-in models, switch off the power at the outlet and unplug the unit. If your fireplace is hardwired, disconnect it from your home's main fuse box. Also, allow the fireplace to cool down fully if it has been in use recently.

    Replacing Light Bulbs  

    Once the fireplace is cool, refer to the owner’s manual or look up your model number online to locate the light bulbs, usually behind a panel that may need to be unscrewed. When handling the bulbs, wear gloves or use a cloth to prevent oil from your hands from transferring to the bulbs. Unscrew the old bulbs counterclockwise and screw in the new ones clockwise to ensure they are securely fitted.

    Cleaning the Exterior  

    Begin by wiping down the exterior of the fireplace, including the glass and any visible surfaces, with a damp cloth soaked in warm, soapy water. Avoid using flammable cleaning agents. After wiping, dry the surfaces to prevent water marks. Regularly dust the surface with a dry cloth for ongoing maintenance.

    Cleaning the Ember Bed and Heater Vents  

    Dust buildup on the ember bed and heater vents can affect both the appearance and function of your fireplace. Clean the ember bed using a damp cloth, and vacuum out any excess dust if necessary. The heater vents, typically found at the base of the unit, should also be kept free of dust to prevent overheating—wipe these gently with a damp cloth.

    Cleaning the Fan and Interior Components  

    If the fan behind the front grille appears dirty or isn't spinning smoothly, it may need cleaning. Use a small brush and a vacuum with a wand attachment to carefully remove dust from the fan blades and other accessible interior components. For sensitive parts like the blower and flame-effect mechanisms, use a dry microfiber cloth to avoid moisture damage. Handle all components, including mirrors, motorized rods, and light sources, gently to prevent damage.

    Additional Maintenance Tips  

    Always keep your electric fireplace away from any water sources or potential electrical hazards to ensure safety. Make sure that the electrical outlet is strong enough to handle your fireplace's power needs and avoid plugging other devices into the same outlet to prevent overloading. It's also important to keep flammable materials well away from the fireplace. Regular dusting of both the interior and exterior helps reduce the risk of fire and keeps your fireplace functioning properly.

    D. Troubleshooting

    Evonic Fires 60" 3-Sided Compton 1000 Wall Mount Built-In Electric Fireplace Suite

    In Picture: Evonic Fires 60" 3-Sided Compton 1000 Wall Mount Built-In Electric Fireplace Suite

    My Fireplace Won’t Power On

    If your electric fireplace doesn't start, it could be due to its temperature-limiting control activating. Try unplugging the unit and wait at least five minutes. If that doesn’t work, try to cleaning any dust or obstructions from the vents. If that still does not do the trick, 

    Timer Not Working

    For timer issues, make sure to calibrate the timer on your controller, which should confirm with a beep once set. If the timer still fails, professional assistance may be required.

    Fireplace Automatically Shuts Off

    This often happens if there’s a rapid temperature drop, which could cause the unit to switch to a lower heat setting or turn off to conserve energy. Restarting the fireplace after a brief shutdown can help reset it.

    Lack of Heat

    Check that there are no blockages in the vents to ensure proper air flow. Also, verify that the thermostat is set higher than the room's current temperature to trigger heating.

    Thermostat Adjustments

    The thermostat controls the heat output based on the room’s temperature. If your room matches or exceeds the set temperature, the fireplace won’t produce heat. Adjust the thermostat to a higher setting if needed.

    Fireplace Turns On Automatically

    This could be due to the thermostat sensing a drop below the set room temperature and turning on to adjust. Check and modify the thermostat settings as necessary.

    Flame Effect Not Working

    Ensure the settings for the flame effect are correct and active. If the issue continues, the internal lighting may be malfunctioning, which would require an expert’s diagnosis.

    General Troubleshooting Tips

    • Blown Fuse: Consult the manual to locate and replace any blown fuses.

    • Motor or Fan Problems: If the heat isn’t spreading well, the internal components like motors or fans might be defective.

    • Power Supply: Double-check that the fireplace is plugged into a working outlet and that no circuit breakers have tripped.

    • Remote Control Issues: Change the batteries if the remote isn’t functioning.

    • Overheating Prevention: Make sure the fireplace cools down adequately and has good airflow around it.

    E. Lifespan and Warranty

    Electric fireplaces, on the other hand, have a somewhat shorter lifespan of about 10-20 years. They require minimal repairs and servicing, which is a benefit for those looking for a low-maintenance option. Adhering to the manufacturer's maintenance instructions can help maximize the lifespan of an electric fireplace, ensuring it operates efficiently over the years.

    Additionally, they typically come with a warranty that ranges from 1 to 5 years, covering defects in materials and workmanship. This type of warranty usually includes the heating elements, fan, and electronic components.

    Since electric fireplaces have fewer mechanical parts than gas fireplaces, their warranties often focus more on electronic issues. Warranty specifics can vary, so it is crucial for consumers to check the details provided by the manufacturer.

    Visual Design and User Experience

    A. Aesthetics and Ambiance

    Aesthetics and Ambiance

    LED Technology  

    Electric fireplaces use advanced LED lights to create the look of real fire. These lights show the lively movement and warm glow of a wood fire without any smoke or danger. With just a simple button press, you can bring a cozy and safe feeling to your room, making it look great too.

    Flexible Installation  

    A big advantage of electric fireplaces is how easily they can be placed anywhere in your home. They don't need a chimney or special venting. You can install them in a wall, fit them into an existing mantel, or even use them as standalone pieces. This makes it easy to add a fireplace to your home without expensive changes, giving you many ways to improve your room's look.

    Customization Options  

    Electric fireplaces let you choose from many options to make the flames look just how you want. You can change the colors, patterns, and brightness of the flames to match how you feel or your room’s style. Many fireplaces also have features like adjustable heat settings, timers, and remote controls, so you can set the perfect mood and temperature whenever you like.

    These features make electric fireplaces more than just heaters; they're a flexible and stylish part of your home decor. Whether you want a big, eye-catching feature or something subtle, an electric fireplace adds both style and function, making any space look better.

    Electric fireplaces are not only nice to look at but also versatile, working well throughout the year. Most models have powerful heaters for cold days, and you can also enjoy the flame alone without the heat during warmer months. Plus, using just the flame effect uses very little energy.

    B. Heating Capabilities

    Electric fireplaces come in various types, each with distinct heating capacities expressed in British Thermal Units (BTUs) per hour. Typically, an electric fireplace can output as much as 40,000 BTUs per hour.

    • Low-End Models: These models generally produce between 700 and 1,500 BTUs per hour. They are best suited for providing additional heat in smaller spaces such as compact rooms or apartments.

    • Mid-Range Models: Capable of generating 4,000 to 9,000 BTUs per hour, these fireplaces are effective for warming single rooms or medium-sized areas.

    • High-End Models: These are the most powerful, with the capability to emit between 10,000 and 40,000 BTUs per hour. They are suitable for heating large spaces or even outdoor areas if needed.

    Understanding BTUs

    A British Thermal Unit (BTU) measures the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one pound (approximately 0.45 kilograms) of water by one degree Fahrenheit. To estimate the number of BTUs required to heat your space, multiply the square footage of the room by 20 BTUs.

    Here's a brief overview of the estimated BTU output per hour for different electric fireplace models:

    Type of Electric Fireplace

    Approximate BTU/hr

    Built-In Fireplaces

    Up to 9,000

    Electric Fireboxes

    ~ 4,000 - 9,000

    See-Through Electric Fireplaces

    ~ 5,000 - 10,000

    Electric Fireplace Inserts

    ~ 700 - 5,000

    Water Vapors

    Minimal heating unless combined with a heater accessory

    Electric Stoves

    ~ 4,000 - 5,000

    Linear Electric Fireplace

    ~ 5,000 - 10,000

    Electric Fireplace Log Sets

    ~ 3,000 - 6,000

    Electric Patio Heaters

    ~ 10,000 - 40,000

    C. Area Coverage

    Typically, an electric fireplace can heat up to 2,000 square feet, but this coverage can vary based on the model's heating capacity and other factors. The effectiveness of a fireplace in distributing heat is influenced by several variables including room size and configuration, the quality of insulation, and the placement of the unit within the space.

    Other important factors include ceiling height and the number of windows, which can affect both the heating needs and the performance of the electric fireplace.

    Heating Coverage Recommendations

    • Up to 400 Square Feet: A small electric stove or insert, producing about 5,000 BTUs, is usually adequate.

    • 400 to 600 Square Feet: For medium spaces, choose fireplaces that offer between 5,000 to 10,000 BTUs.

    • 600 to 900 Square Feet: Larger spaces benefit from built-in or linear models that provide between 9,000 to 15,000 BTUs of heat.

    • Outdoor Areas: Electric heaters designed for outdoor use often need more power, typically ranging from 10,000 to 40,000 BTUs, depending on external conditions and the extent of the area being heated.

    The following is a summary of different types of electric fireplaces and their corresponding heating coverage in square feet:

    Type of Electric Fireplace

    Area of Coverage (sq ft.)

    Built-In Fireplaces

    About 450 sq ft.

    Electric Fireboxes

    About 200 - 450 sq ft.

    See-Through Electric Fireplaces

    About 250 - 500 sq ft.

    Electric Fireplace Inserts

    About 35 - 250 sq ft.

    Water Vapors

    Display only

    Electric Stoves

    About 200 - 250 sq ft.

    Linear Electric Fireplace

    About 250 - 500 sq ft.

    Electric Fireplace Log Sets

    About 150 - 300  sq ft.

    Electric Patio Heaters

    About 500 - 2,000  sq ft.

    What About the Cost?

    A. Initial Cost

    When buying an electric fireplace, the initial costs can vary widely based on the style and features of the unit. There are several styles available, including linear, built-in, and see-through models, each with its own pricing tier.

    Additional costs can arise from installation, especially if new wiring is necessary. Operating costs also factor in, linked to the amount of electricity the fireplace uses. If installation requires a new 120-volt outlet, this will further increase the initial expenses.

    Here's a table that outlines the initial costs associated with different types of electric fireplaces:

    Type of Electric Fireplace

    Price Range (USD)

    Built-In Fireplaces

    $549 - $9,999

    Electric Fireboxes

    $689 - $8,249

    See-Through Electric Fireplaces

    $959 - $2,899 

    Electric Fireplace Inserts

    $349 - $6,595

    Water Vapors

    $959 - $8,299

    Electric Stoves

    Starts at $1,999

    Linear Electric Fireplace

    $399 - $9,999

    Electric Fireplace Log Sets

    $103 - $799

    Electric Patio Heaters

    $69 - $4,717

    B. Long-term Costs

    The energy usage and cost per hour of an electric fireplace depend on the settings used during operation.

    Operating the fireplace on lower settings leads to reduced energy costs. When the heating element is active, it typically consumes about 1,500 watts (W), or 1.5 kilowatts (kWh) per hour. On the other hand, using the fireplace just for its flame effect significantly lowers energy use to less than 300 watts, or 0.3 kWh.

    In practical terms, if the unit consumes 1.5 kWh per hour and the local electricity rate is $0.12 per kWh, it costs about $0.18 per hour to operate with the heater on. For flame-only mode, with its lower energy consumption, the cost drops to approximately $0.036 per hour. This makes it economical for use throughout the year without heavily impacting the electricity bill.

    Electric fireplaces also tend to be more cost-effective over time compared to gas or wood fireplaces. They eliminate the need for regular maintenance like chimney cleaning, inspections, or managing fuel supplies.

    Here is a table that summarizes the energy consumption and estimated hourly costs for various types of electric fireplaces. Keep in mind that actual costs can vary depending on local electricity rates.

    Type of Electric Fireplace

    Watts (W)

    Kilowatts (kW)

    Estimated Cost/hr

    Built-In Fireplaces

    750 - 1,500

    0.75 - 1.50

    $0.11 - $0.22

    Electric Fireboxes

    1,350 - 1,650

    1.35 - 1.65

    $0.20 - $0.25

    See-Through Electric Fireplaces

    1,500 - 1,800

    1.50 - 1.80

    $0.22 - $0.27

    Electric Fireplace Inserts

    1,350 - 1,800

    1.35 - 1.80

    $0.20 - $0.27

    Water Vapors

    150 - 460

    0.15 - 0.46

    $0.02 - $0.07

    Electric Stoves

    750 - 1,500

    0.75 - 1.50

    $0.11 - $0.22

    Linear Electric Fireplace

    1,500 - 3,000

    1.50 - 3.00

    $0.22 - $0.45

    Electric Fireplace Log Sets

    900 - 1,500

    0.90 - 1.50

    $0.14 - $0.22

    Electric Patio Heaters

    3,000 - 12,000

    3.00 - 12.00

    $0.45 - $1.80

    Eco-friendly and Safety Guidelines

    A. Efficiency and Sustainability

    Sustainability of Electric Fireplaces

    Electric fireplaces are an eco-friendly heating option as they do not emit carbon monoxide, particulates, or other greenhouse gases that you typically find with wood or gas fireplaces. This makes them a cleaner choice, helping to reduce air pollution and eliminating the need for tree cutting for fuel. Here are some benefits of their efficient and sustainable operation:

    Ideal for Compact Spaces  

    Electric fireplaces are available in various sizes and designs. Many models are portable and can be moved easily, requiring no major installation. This makes them perfect for renters or those living in smaller apartments and homes.

    Highly Energy Efficient  

    Electric fireplaces are very effective at converting electricity directly into heat, with no energy wasted as byproducts. They don't require any fuel other than electricity, making them an environmentally sound option. Simply plug them into an outlet, and they're ready to operate.

    Precise Temperature Control  

    With electric fireplaces, you can precisely control the amount of heat they emit using a remote control. This allows for consistent temperatures within your space and helps prevent the risk of overheating, offering both comfort and safety.

    B. Safety Features

    Litedeer Latitude 45 Ultra Slim WiFi Enabled Vent-Free Built-In Electric Fireplace With Reflective Fire Glass

    In Picture: Litedeer Latitude 45 Ultra Slim WiFi Enabled Vent-Free Built-In Electric Fireplace With Reflective Fire Glass

    Electric fireplaces are an appealing option for those who enjoy the charm of a fireplace without the complexities associated with traditional wood or gas fireplaces. They come equipped with various safety features that enhance their usability and safety:

    • Overheat Protection: Electric fireplaces include temperature sensors that automatically shut off the unit if it starts to overheat, preventing any fire hazards and ensuring safer operation.

    • Flameless Heat: Unlike traditional fireplaces that use open flames, electric models generate heat through electric coils or infrared technology. This method significantly reduces the risks of burns or fires from sparks or embers, making them a safer alternative.

    • Cool-to-Touch Exterior: The exteriors and glass of electric fireplaces are designed to remain cool to the touch. This is especially important in homes with children and pets, as it reduces the risk of burns on contact.

    • Timer Functions: Many electric fireplaces feature built-in timers that can be programmed to turn off the fireplace automatically after a set period. This is a crucial safety feature, ensuring the unit isn’t left running unattended.

    • Remote Control Operation: With a remote control, users can adjust the fireplace's settings such as temperature and timer from a distance, eliminating the need to physically interact with the unit. This adds convenience and enhances safety when modifying heat output.

    • Tip-Over Shut-Off: Certain models of electric fireplaces are equipped with a safety switch that automatically shuts off the unit if it is accidentally knocked over, which helps prevent potential fire risks.

    • Certifications: Many electric fireplaces carry certifications from recognized safety organizations like UL, CSA, or ETL, indicating they have been tested and meet specific safety standards. This provides an additional layer of trust and assurance for users.

    Buying Guide

    Before Buying…

    What to Do Before Buying an Electric Fireplace?

    Determining your Priorities

    Ask yourself: What is my purpose in buying an electric fireplace? Do I want it to heat my room, or do I want it purely as a room decor?

    By asking these questions, you’ll be able to pinpoint the exact model you will end up choosing. Additionally, you would also want to assess your current living space: what is the size of your room? Does it have any insulation? How about windows? Does it have a lot? 

    What about the overall vibe of the room? Is it traditional or modern?

    Check your Budget

    Electric fireplaces come in various prices, heating capabilities, designs, and technology. As much as possible, you don’t want to overspend money especially when income is tight. As such, you should consider setting a price range you’re comfortable with.

    Long-term costs should also be factored into your budgeting since energy-efficient models may initially cost more but lead to monthly savings every month.

    Make Sure to Check your Electrical Setup

    Before buying an electric fireplace, make sure there are power outlets close to the space where you want to install your fireplace. High-powered models demand more energy, so it is advisable to use a dedicated circuit to avoid overloading your electrical system.

    Browse Various Designs and Styles

    Electric fireplaces come in all shapes, styles, and sizes. As such, you may want to assess your preferred designs and/or home decor to choose a fireplace that complements your living space.

    The choice between traditional charm, sleek modern models, and flame visual effects will play a significant role in creating the desired ambiance of your home.

    When Purchasing…

    What to Do When Purchasing an Electric Fireplace?

    Select Preferred Features

    Browse models with your preferred features. We recommend opting for adjustable heat and flame settings to suit different settings, moods, and seasons. Additionally, you may want to consider safety features such as automatic shut-off, cool-to-touch glass, and child safety locks, especially if you have young children or pets.

    Take Note of Size and Heat Output

    Make sure that the fireplace you are buying is appropriate for your room. You don’t want to turn the place into a walk-in oven, so be mindful of its size and heating capacity (in BTU).

    Read and Compare

    There are many models available in the current market, so to narrow down your shopping, you should look at customer reviews and ratings to assess reliability and satisfaction. This will allow you to also compare models to find the best electric fireplace that suits your needs, preferred features, price, and design.

    Purchase from Trusted Sellers

    Make sure to buy from reputable sellers to avoid scams and defective products. In addition, purchasing from established manufacturers, resellers, and outlets can provide you with better customer service should you encounter problems with installation, malfunctioning products, and more.

    After Buying…

    What to Do After Buying an Electric Fireplace?


    Install the Fireplace Properly

    Read and understand the manufacturer’s manual carefully to ensure proper self-installation. You may also hire professionals to install your electric fireplaces, especially if they are built-in models.

    Check the fireplace’s surroundings. Does it have any flammable materials around it? Is the area well-ventilated to avoid overheating?

    Performance Monitoring

    Check your electrical system to avoid overloading. Pay attention to your fireplace’s performance. Did you notice any inconsistencies in heat output? Do you hear noises?

    If you do, you may want to contact your manufacturer or reseller’s customer service to assist you with your inquiries.

    Keep Safety in Mind

    DO NOT leave your electric fireplace unattended, especially when you’re out of the house or are sleeping. Make sure to teach all household members how to safely operate the electric fireplace to prevent any accidents.

    Regular Maintenance

    Dust will eventually accumulate on the fireplace, so it is necessary to regularly clean it to prevent its accumulation on heating elements, fans, and vents.

    Make it a routine to regularly check each element within your electric fireplaces. Replace defective bulbs and fix faulty wiring.

    Other Important Things to Consider

    Other Things To Consider Before Buying An Electric Fireplace


    Venting systems are not needed to install an electric fireplace. However, to ensure comfortable heat distribution and air quality, you may need to consider placing these fireplaces next to room ventilation.


    Some electric fireplaces produce noise because of their fans and/or heaters. Make sure to check product reviews, manuals, and specifications to determine whether or not these sounds are normal. Additionally, you may want to avoid models that produce sounds if you are sensitive to noise or plan to install them in quiet areas.

    Control Options

    Smart home features, touch panels, smartphone applications, and other various control options contribute to the convenience of using electric fireplaces. You may want to consider these as they will provide better customization and ambiance settings. 

    Room Integration

    Some electric fireplaces can communicate with different integrated technologies used in a certain room. For example, some models may allow you to connect to a speaker via Bluetooth while some can sync into home entertainment systems.


    The type of materials used in the construction of the fireplace, as well as the manufacturer’s sustainable practices, may factor into whether or not a customer will buy the product. If you are mindful of your environmental footprints, you may want to consider these before making a purchase.

    Customer Support

    Customer support is very crucial, especially when it comes to high-tech models. You need to make sure that they are responsive, easily accessible, and helpful to assist you with installation, troubleshooting, and warranty.

    Comparison with Other Fireplaces

    Breckwell 27 SW1.8 Wood Burning Fireplace Insert

    In Picture: Breckwell 27 SW1.8 Wood Burning Fireplace Insert

    Wood-Burning Fireplaces

    • Fuel: They use logs as fuel.
    • Storage: The supply of logs needs to be stored in a dry place.
    • Installation:  These fireplaces are complex to install, as they need a chimney or flue for proper venting. Additionally, they are fixed into position and cannot be moved as you please.
    • Sustainability: They produce emissions, which may affect air quality.
    • Maintenance and Cleaning: Regular cleaning of soot and ash is needed. Chimney sweeping is also recommended to prevent fire hazards.
    Barbara Jean Collection by Kingsman 72 OFP7972S1 Single Sided Outdoor Linear Gas Fireplace

    In Picture: Barbara Jean Collection by Kingsman 72 OFP7972S1 Single Sided Outdoor Linear Gas Fireplace

    Gas Fireplaces

    • Fuel: They use natural gas or propane.
    • Energy efficiency and control: They are more energy efficient and have better heat control due to thermostats and remote controls.
    • Ventilation: Ventless models need proper ventilation to avoid poor indoor air quality, and vented models require venting systems similar to a traditional fireplace.
    • Installation: They require access to a natural gas or propane line, which may not be compatible with all locations.
    EcoSmart Fire 50" Manhattan 50 Fire Pit Table with Ethanol Burner by Mad Design Group

    In Picture: EcoSmart Fire 50" Manhattan 50 Fire Pit Table with Ethanol Burner by Mad Design Group

    Ethanol Fireplaces

    • Fuel: They use bioethanol fuel.
    • Energy Efficiency: Ethanol fireplaces are eco-friendly with minimal emissions but provide less heat and lack control features like thermostats.
    • Ventilation: No traditional venting is needed, as they emit only water vapor and minimal CO2.
    • Installation: Easy and flexible installation and are often portable for use in various locations.
    • Heat Output: Generally lower compared to other types of fireplaces, suitable for aesthetic purposes rather than primary heating.
    Anywhere Fireplace 12" Empire Indoor/Outdoor Table Top Gel Fireplace

    In Picture: Anywhere Fireplace 12" Empire Indoor/Outdoor Table Top Gel Fireplace

    Gel Fireplaces

    • Fuel: They use gel fuel in cans that can be replaced.
    • Heat Output: They produce less heat and are mostly used for ambiance.
    • Maintenance: They are easy to maintain, but require the replacement of fuel cans.
    • Ease of use: They are easy to use, as you only need to open a fuel can, place it in an appropriate space in the fireplace, and ignite the gel using a long lighter.




    What are the main types of electric fireplaces available?

    There are many types of electric fireplaces available, and here are a few:

    • Wall-mounted: Attaches right to the wall, great for saving space on the floor.
    • Built-in: Made to fit into a wall or an entertainment center.
    • Freestanding: They can be set down anywhere in the room since they don’t need to be attached to anything.
    • Insert: Goes right into the existing space of an old fireplace.

    Can electric fireplaces be used as a primary heat source?

    The simplest answer: is no. Electric fireplaces are designed for aesthetic appeal and supplementary heating.

    Do electric fireplaces require special wiring or outlets?

    Most electric fireplaces just plug into a regular 120-volt outlet. But the bigger ones that heat larger spaces might need their circuit or a 240-volt outlet.  

    Are electric fireplaces expensive to operate?

    The cost of operating an electric fireplace depends on the local cost of electricity and the model’s wattage. On average, it costs about 8 to 12 cents per hour to run, assuming the heater is operating.

    Are electric fireplaces safe to use around children and pets?

    Certainly! Most electric fireplaces are cool to the touch in addition to no real flames. This makes them safe to use around pets and/or children.

    Can I install an electric fireplace myself?

    In many cases, you can install electric fireplaces yourself. However there are certain types, like built-in fireplaces or inserts, that may require professional help and planning.


    Electric fireplaces offer style, convenience, and safety, making them an excellent choice for enhancing the ambiance and warmth of any home. They are available in various designs to match different decors and come with features such as adjustable heat settings and realistic LED flame displays. Key considerations include assessing the heating needs, room size, budget, and design preferences.

    Electric fireplaces are especially suitable for homes with children and pets due to their safe, flameless operation. They are also eco-friendly, emitting no harmful gases. When buying, it's important to choose reputable sellers and ensure proper installation and maintenance to maximize the fireplace's benefits and longevity.

    Leading Brands

    • Dimplex: Is one of the leading manufacturers of electric fireplaces. Known for its innovation, Dimplex offers a wide range of models including built-ins, inserts, and freestanding units. They often lead the market in terms of realistic flame technology and energy-efficient heating.

    • Amantii: Is a luxury brand known for its high-quality electric fireplaces that come in a variety of modern designs. They offer features such as multi-colored flame effects and unique glass media. Amantii focuses on contemporary aesthetics, making them popular in modern homes and commercial spaces.

    • SimpliFire: Produces a variety of electric fireplaces that are easy to install and maintain. Their products range from wall-mount models to built-in units, emphasizing simplicity and user convenience. They are often appreciated for their cost-effectiveness and functional designs.

    • Modern Flames: Is renowned for its modern and innovative designs in electric fireplaces. They offer a variety of models, including linear and landscape series. Their fireplaces are often chosen for their realistic flame patterns and chic, contemporary appearances.

    • Touchstone: Specializes in electric fireplaces that are both affordable and stylish. They offer a wide range of products including wall-mounted and recessed models that are ideal for residential and commercial settings. Touchstone fireplaces are known for their ease of use and installation.

    Where Can I Buy Electric Fireplaces?

    Touchstone Sideline Elite Smart 60" WiFi-Enabled Recessed Electric Fireplace (Alexa/Google Compatible)

    In Picture: Touchstone Sideline Elite Smart 60" WiFi-Enabled Recessed Electric Fireplace (Alexa/Google Compatible)

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