If you're looking for a whole-room heater that is suited for nearly any space, consider the 21st century option: The electric fireplace. Without needing the help of a contractor, electric fireplaces are an easy and affordable option for even apartment dwellers! These units provide luminous simulated flames that flicker and light up the room. Some manufacturers have even equipped theirs with color-changing flames, allowing you to have a stunning red, blue, or purple flame all year long!
As an American small business, we’re committed to providing you the best in safe fireplace décor. That includes electric, versatile fireplaces that are safe for virtually any room in your home and even for the kids and pets! These affordable fireplaces are also ideal for those with health concerns such as asthma or other breathing problems that could be adversely affected by the fumes and smoke that a wood burning fireplace—or even a gas fireplace—could produce. Safe not only for the curious kids, these electric fire accessories are perfect for everyone! Plus, these energy-efficient fireplaces don’t use as much electricity as conventional heaters that you’d find in home improvement stores.
We carry high quality, American made fire products by companies such as Napoleon, Dimplex and stunning fireplaces by Amantii. These electric fireplaces range from a realistic flame to beautiful, other worldly flame colors that’ll really wow you and your guests. You can make your indoor or outdoor living space spectacular for years to come with these durable electric fireplaces.
Electric fireplaces have a few advantages over gas and wood fires:
- 100% clean -- no soot, creosote, or carbon monoxide produced.
- No carbon monoxide makes them code-approved for bathrooms and bedrooms.
- LED units can operate for years without maintenance.
- Most can be used with or without the heater for flames without the heat.
- Electricity can come from any 110-120 volt source, even solar and wind power!
What voltage do gas fireplaces use?
While it varies from fireplace to fireplace, most use 110 to 120 volts operating at around 12 amps. Be sure that the unit is compatible with your home's power and that your electrical system is up to code before ordering.
Can my electrical system handle the load of an electric fireplace?
This largely depends on how the electric fireplace is used. With the heat on, these units generally use about 1500 watts per hour. With the heat off, they hover around 20-30 watts per unit. If you have a solar or wind powered electrical system, make sure that it can handle 1.5 kilowatts per hour if you're using it for heat.
How do electric fireplaces produce heat?
Electric fireplaces that are equipped with a heater generally use a heating element and a hidden blower. This fan draws air into the heating element and then blows it outward into the room. The position of the vents where the heat is blown outward varies from fireplace to fireplace.
Do all electric fireplaces have heaters?
While most electric fireplaces come equipped with a heater, there are some that are just a flame effect and have no heat source. If the documentation doesn't specify a heater, do not assume that it comes with one built in.
How hot do electric fireplaces get?
Most electric fireplaces with heaters output 1500 watts per hour, which is roughly the equivalent of 5,000 British Thermal Units (BTU).
Can I heat my whole house with an electric fireplace?
With the heater and blower activated, electric fireplaces will typically heat up to 400 square feet, or the equivalent of a 20 foot long by 20 foot wide room. This makes them unsuitable for whole-home heating and more appropriately used as a supplemental heat source a single room.
What creates the light in electric fireplaces?
While a few modern electric fireplaces still use incandescent light bulbs, most use Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology to produce illumination. LEDs are a long-lasting electronic component that produces crisp light for a fraction of the power of conventional light bulbs. LEDs last as much as forty times (40x) longer than light bulbs before needing replaced.
How do LED lights in electric fireplaces work?
LED strips in these fireplaces are hidden from your view in the firebox. They project light through an array of reflective flanges on a rotor in the base or the top of the firebox. The array is motorized so that it slowly turns inside the firebox. When the LED light reflects off of the flanges it puts a prismatic pattern on the back of the firebox that resembles flames.
While the goal is to produce realistic flames, some manufacturers take it a step further by providing several colors of LED in the firebox to produce different colors of flame.
The LEDs produce light that reflects off an array of metallic flanges to create a flame pattern.
Will my electric fireplace work during a power outage?
This depends on your home. If you have a hefty whole-home battery backup system, your electric fireplace will still run doing a power outage. However, but you may still want to rely on other heat sources for your home's primary heat during this time.
Do electric fireplaces work outdoors?
Some electric fireplaces are rated for outdoor use, but most are only meant to be used indoors. Check the fireplace manual for more information.
Do I have to use the fire glass that comes with the fireplace?
You can replace the fire glass in your electric fireplace with any tempered fire glass crystals or tempered glass beads. The important thing is that they're tempered; this prevents the glass from shattering if exposed to the fireplace heater. Most glass beads that you find in a dollar store or home decoration store aren't tempered, and have a much lower heat tolerance.
Check out our wide selection of fireplace-appropriate fire glass.
Can lava rock be used in electric fireplaces?
No, it could damage your fireplace. While fire glass is solid, dry, and clean, lava rock is crumbly, dusty, and a little dirty. This could clog up the rotors of the fan and dull the surfaces on the reflector array.