Choosing the right electric fireplace
Four types of fireplace
Electric fireplaces are available in four main designs. Choosing the type that is best for your home is a great place to start your search.
Fireplaces with mantles
- Adjustable heat: Different heat settings will provide you with greater control over heat output and temperature, making the space feel more comfortable.
- Variable flame settings: The ability to change the colour, height, and intensity of the flames can help you set just the right ambience.
- Heatless operation: Enjoy the look of the flames without any additional heat by choosing a fireplace with heatless operation.
- Timer: A timer allows you to run the fireplace for a specific length of time, automatically shutting it off afterwards.
- Remote control: With a remote control, you can turn your electric fireplace on and off or adjust the heat without having to get up from the sofa.
- Hidden manual controls: Many electric fireplaces have a panel that can be closed over the manual controls, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the unit.
The right size
1. Where the fireplace will go
2. How much space is available
3. How the fireplace will look with the surrounding furniture and decor
Understanding BTUs and Watts
Types of heat: fan and infrared quarts
Forced fan heating
Infrared quartz heating
- Most fireplaces are made to plug into a standard household outlet. Before purchasing a new electric fireplace, make sure there is an available and properly working wall receptacle in the place where you want to set it up.
- Ideally, your electric fireplace will be plugged into its own dedicated circuit that isn’t shared with any other outlets or fixtures.
- If this is not possible, then make sure that all of the fixtures and outlets on the circuit will not cause it to overload. At the very least, there should be no other large appliances on the same circuit.
- After installing your fireplace, pay attention to whether it causes your lights to dim when it is running. This is a sign that the circuit is being overloaded.
- Exterior: To clean the exterior of an electric fireplace, begin by dusting the surfaces with a duster or a dry cloth. Then, gently buff the exterior with a soft, damp cloth.
- Glass: Remove the front glass panel according to the owner’s manual instructions and clean both sides of the glass with a lint-free cloth and some warm, soapy water. Stay away from abrasive cleaners.
- Interior: If any dust has accumulated behind the glass, simply dust and clean the same way as the exterior. When you are finished, you can reinstall the front glass panel.
- Vents: To clean a forced air electric fireplace’s heating vents of any accumulated dust and debris, just use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment and run it over the vents.
- Fan: Consult your owner’s manual for how to access your fireplace’s fan. Then, use a vacuum with a wand nozzle attachment to remove any dust or other particles that have built up between the blades.
- Light bulbs: An electric fireplace’s light bulbs may need to be replaced after a couple of years. Check your owner’s manual for the type of bulbs needed and how to remove the rear panel and replace the bulbs.