Most people love the look and feel of a nice, glowing fire. However, not all homes can accommodate a fireplace. For example, if you live in an apartment, smaller home, or want a fireplace in your bedroom but building one does not fit within your budget, a great solution is the electric fireplace.
When it comes to an electric fireplace, the styles available today are truly stunning. In fact, they look so real, putting out real heat that it is as though you have an actual fireplace. You will find electric fireplaces made from a number of materials to include brick, marble, stone, and wood. You will discover that these fireplaces put out varying levels of heat, up to 10,000 BTUs.
Since an electric fireplace uses no wood or gas, you will never need to worry about fire or fumes. Typically, once the fireplace is set up, you simply plug it is, turn it on, and you are ready to go. Since the electric fireplace has to be UL tested, you know that overheating will not be a problem. In fact, most electric fireplaces are designed with special shutoff options just in case.
To operate an electric fireplace is very cost effective. On average, you would expect to pay two cents on the dollar for every hour of use. Additionally, most of these fireplaces have thermostats so you can set the amount of heat you want output, which keeps the room nice and toasty and keeps the cost leveled off.
An electric fireplace looks just like a real fireplace in that you can choose from a number of sizes and styles just as you would a real fireplace. If you have a large bedroom or living room, you can choose a larger style while for a small room there are smaller styles. Some electric fireplaces also give you the option of using random flames, which actually creates the illusion of real flames.
The nice thing about the electric fireplace for families with pets and small children is that both the logs and the exterior of the fireplace do not become hot. That means if they should fall or want to touch them, you know they will not be burned. A huge benefit of the electric fireplace is that when you move to a different home, you can take it with you unlike that of a real fireplace. That means that once you buy your new fireplace, you will have it for all of your homes, no matter how many times you move.
The electric fireplace has become very popular over the past several years. With them being easy to install and set up, and ease of operation, it is hard to bypass this great option for heating a home. In fact, since the fireplaces are so affordable, you could buy more than one, setting them up in a number of rooms within the house. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,500 for an electric fireplace, which would include everything you need, complete with logs.