There is nothing like the warm glow of a fire to give a room character, warmth and a homey feel. However, there are some homes, be they freestanding or apartments, which do not have that luxury. Some individuals remodel and rebuild to include a traditional fireplace in their home, costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars, but there is an easier and more economical way to bring the warmth and glow of a fireplace into your home. That way is an electric fireplace. Having a fireplace in a living room or family room is traditional and most, if not all, homes are built that way. With an electric fireplace you can now enjoy the glow and warmth anywhere in your home from the bedroom to the kitchen, just roll it in and plug it into any standard outlet. If you do not own the place where you are living, having an electric fireplace is a good choice because when you move, you can take the fireplace with you to your new place and always have the warmth and glow of a fire.
Today’s electric fireplaces are nothing compared to earlier models in that they are now very energy efficient. The fireplace only uses as much electric power as that of a coffee pot or any kitchen appliance. Further, they use up to one-third less energy than a gas fireplace and do not emitted any possible harmful fumes. The heat that an electric fireplace puts out is comparable if not better than a standard space heater, but is much more stylish. The heat can be controlled by a thermostat so one can achieve the perfect warmth they are looking for. The fireplace can also be installed in a room if you wish or you can have a model that rolls around from room to room. There is no smoke, no wood, no gas and no fumes to be concerned about. Further, since the fireplace does not require wood to give off heat, there is no need for wood in the home, which will also help keep the fireplace area less messy. The fireplace can heat up a room about the size of ten feet by ten feet quickly and cool down quickly so you do not have to worry about staying around to wait until the fireplace is cool to the touch. With an electric fireplace you can also just have to glow without the heat, which is perfect for warmer climates where a person would only want the ambiance of a fireplace. Also, the electric fireplace can just be unplugged and rolled into a closet or another room for the summer months when no longer needed.
When searching for a new fireplace, you can check out any home improvement store as they will have a large selection to choose from. Further, if the home already has a non-working fireplace, an electric fireplace insert can also be purchased, install easily and give new life to an old fireplace. If you choose to use an electric fireplace insert, it will stay with the home if you move, but will give you the benefit of adding value to your home. Most models come with a remote control so it can be enjoyed from the comfort of a couch or wherever a person is sitting. The prices of the models can be extremely reasonable, but will go up in price depending on all of the additions one chooses to purchase.
They styles of mantels that are available in today’s market will suit just about everyone’s taste from classic Victorian style to a sleeker modern look. There is also a wide varity of materials that can be used that could not be used on a more traditional fireplace. Mantels can even be customizable. Installation is simple, push it up against a all and plug it in, thus does not require a major renovation to install and build an chimney, flue or any stone work that is normally associated with building a fireplace. An electric fireplace requires no permits and no hassles from an apartment or condominium association to install, just plug it in and you are ready to enjoy the glow of a crackling fireplace.
Although the flames do not act as real flames, they are holographic images that can be adjusted to brighter or dimmer to suit the glowing mood that one wishes to achieve. An electric fireplace is a good way to go if one wants the glow of a fireplace but does not want or cannot remodel their home.