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Electric Fireplaces FAQ
Watch our video on some of the most frequently asked questions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGOIHJYi8Hs
Electric fireplaces cost less to operate than gas fireplaces. With the heater set to maximum, all the time, an electric fireplace will use up to $0.18 per hour. Most people set the heater to cycle on and off, and at 50% usage, an electric fireplace with the heater on will use about $0.09 per hour. With the heater turned off, it costs $0.003 to $0.03 per hour to operate. Annually, the average cost to operate an electric fireplace is $50 to $80, compared to $200 to $500 per year to operate a gas fireplace.
Almost all electric fireplaces include an integrated heater, which is separate from the flame generation. This allows you to have the flame effect while controlling the amount of heat, so you may run the fireplace with or without heat, but you will always have flames. Heat output varies from 2500 BTU’s to 9200 BTU’s, depending on the model.
Most electric fireplaces plug into a regular 120 volt outlet, and use no more than 1500 watts of electricity. There are also some ‘builder boxes’ that may be hardwired for 240 volts.
There are no clearance issues for an electric fireplace. Since there is nothing burning inside the fireplace, there is no requirement to surround it with non-flammable materials. You may install on drywall, wood, tile or stone – whatever you like. However, it is important to distinguish between units that are designed to be mounted on the wall from those that are designed to be in the wall or in a cabinet.
Electric fireplaces are extremely safe, and family-friendly. Since there is nothing burning, there is no risk of sparks or fire igniting nearby objects. Likewise, there are no fumes, smoke, or chemicals being emitted, since there is nothing burning. The glass face on an electric fireplace will never get hot enough to burn people or pets that might touch the glass.
A TV may be placed above most electric fireplaces, without any adverse effects to the TV. The exception would be any wall-mounted fireplace that pushes the heat out through the top of the unit. Since most electric fireplaces blow heat out the front or bottom of the unit, they create no problems for TV’s or any other items that may be placed above the fireplace.
Any existing fireplace opening may be transformed to accept an electric fireplace insert. An existing gas line would have to be closed off by a licensed professional, and the chimney flue must be closed. Then an electrical outlet must be installed inside the fireplace opening. The electric fireplace insert just slides into the existing opening and plugs in.
If you can afford a piece of occasional furniture, you can afford to add a distinctive character to your room with an electric fireplace. Many electric fireplaces are well under $1,000.
No, neither do we. Bring them to our showroom and they’ll be amazed at today’s “flame technology” — realistic flames that flicker and embers that pulse and glow. You really need to see it to believe how beautiful they look.
The ‘flames’ in an electric fireplace are generated with light and shadows, usually against a dark or mirrored backdrop. There is nothing being burned in order to create the flame.
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