Electric Fireplace Design Questions
If you have electric fireplace design questions, you’re not alone. It’s okay to be curious about how the warmth and coziness of a traditional fireplace can be replicated electrically, without the mess, hazard, and structural hassle of a wood burning fireplace.
Here are some of the most common questions about electric fireplace and fireplace designs, and some basic answers to help you understand how these innovative products work and whether they are right for you and your home.
How does an electric fireplace work?
Electric fireplaces are powered by, of course, electricity. They plug into a regular wall outlet, and most are designed to operate in one of three modes: flame only, heat only, or both. The heat function is much like a space heater (except much more aesthetically pleasing, of course), and the heat is pushed into the room with a small, quiet blower.
The most direct appeal of any fireplace is, of course, the fire itself. With flame settings, heat settings, and a setting for both (the heat is created by a small heater and pushed out with what is essentially a fan), these fireplace provide much of the warmth and ambience of their traditional, wood-burning counterparts, without all the hassle.
Do electric fireplace designs create as much heat as a regular fireplace?
In general, electric fireplaces produce a lower level of heat than a full wood-burning fireplace. This also means that they are much safer to have in the home.
What are some common features and options for electric fireplace designs?
This is where it gets fun. Because of the lower heat level, you can have other things closer by the fireplace without worry. Many electric fireplaces come with built-in media, as part of an entertainment system. Some have wine racks on either side. Some can be used outdoors. And almost all have remote controls so you can turn them on and off very easily.
What are the structural requirements for electric fireplace design?
Unlike wood-burning fires, you needn’t worry about a chimney or flue, and unlike gas-powered fireplaces, there’s no need to be near a fuel hook up. And you don’t even have to cut into a wall. Electric fireplace designs allow these comforting fixtures to be adjusted and transported at-will. All you need is a wall or corner, and an outlet and you’re ready to enjoy the ambience and heat of a comforting fireplace right away.