Electric fireplaces are the perfect addition to a home for some households. These are some of the pros of installing an electric fireplace:
- Very easy to use
- No wood mess around the house
- Very little maintenance
- Electric fireplaces can look very realistic and add to the ambiance of a room.
- Heat areas well
- Installation is very minimal
- Easy to move from one room to another
- Great for small children, flames are not hot to the touch
- No harmful emissions
There are just a few main difficulties people have using electric fireplaces. Light bulbs, remote controls, and power outages/surges cause the most concerns. Every fireplace has different types of light bulbs and ways to change them, but when part of your ‘fire’ stops burning, it’s the only way to rekindle the flame. Always check your fireplace manual to find out what bulbs are needed and how to replace them.
Power outages will cause your fireplace to ‘reset’ to the factory condition. This is similar to the VCR flashing 12:00. It will most likely be off, however it is not unheard of for them to be reset in an ‘on’ setting. Also, your remote control will probably have to be taught to talk to the fireplace again.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Electric Fireplaces.
How much area is an electric fireplace supposed to heat?
If your fireplace is running on 110/120 VAC (most are) it will put out 4500 to 5000 BTUs of heat energy, or enough to heat a well-insulated room that is 10′ x 15′ x 8′. If your fireplace is running on 220/240 VAC it will double that amount. Remember, your electric fireplace is for space heating only.
Will an electric fireplace work in a power outage?
We get this question more than some may believe. No, an electric fireplace is not a good source of heat in a power outage as it does require electricity to operate. Furthermore, the computers that control the fireplace do not function well with fluctuating power sources like inexpensive gas generators. Typically the power spikes will trip circuit breakers and fuses inside the fireplace.