Electric fireplaces are easy to install and provide any room with added ambiance and supplemental heat. Today’s electric fireplaces are not like your grandmother's. They employ advanced technology to provide a life-like flame effects and consistent, effective heating. This guide will help you in selecting the right electric fireplace for your home.
To begin, let's cover the advantages of owning an electric fireplace:
Here is a breakdown of the basics of each type of electric fireplace; mantels, media consoles and wall-mounted models:
The Mantel Electric Fireplace mimics the look of a traditional fireplace but without the hassle of cleanup and maintenance. No matter your space or décor, there is a mantel to fit your needs.
Mantel designs range from contemporary Asian and transitional designs, to more traditional shaker and oak looks. They are available in small, medium, and large sizes ranging from 36 inches all the way to 56 inches in length, so you are set whether you need to either save space or fill space.
Corner Mantel Fireplaces are also available and wedge perfectly into the corner of any room to save space. Some corner mantles are universal and are able to be placed either in a corner or along a straight wall if you should choose to rearrange you room. Rolling mantles sit on castors, are small, and are mobile if portability is a priority.
Media Console Electric Fireplaces are perfect for holding a flat-screen TV and storing media equipment. Like mantles, media consoles come in many sizes, styles and configurations.
Storage is the name of the game when it comes to a media console, so be aware of your needs when selecting. Consoles with open shelving will be able to house components like Blu-Ray players and gaming consoles, but you may need to find other storage for remotes and cases if you want to keep them out of site. Many consoles have doors that conceal components and allow for storage of just about anything. So make sure the shelving and storage capacity of the unit fits your needs.
Pro Tip: It is important to consider the width of the console in relation to the width of your television. The console should be at least two to three inches wider than the width of the television.
Wall-Mounted Fireplaces are new to the electric fireplace arena and have been growing in popularity over the past few years. Sure to be the focal point of your room, these stylish units are mountable to any wall without taking up valuable floor space. Like mantels and media consoles, these units run on standard 120v power. Wall-mounted electric fireplaces are available in vertical or horizontal orientation to fit a variety of locations.
Pro Tip: When selecting a wall-mounted fireplace, be sure to note the location of the air vent. Some vent through the top or bottom while others vent to the sides. Important to consider when placing near a television, window, or art work.
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