How to Choose an Electric Fireplace

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There are so many options for electric fireplaces that it can be hard to know where to start. As we move into a colder season, you may be wondering if now is the time to add an electric fireplace to your living room. The answer is yes! There are so many benefits to installing an electric fireplace over a wood-burning or gas fireplace; not to mention the different styles available to you!

We’ve put together a guide to electric fireplaces to make it easy for you to decide what works best for your space.

Benefits of an Electric Fireplace

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Pictured above: Ashley Ralene 65-Inch Fireplace TV Stand

Electric fireplaces come with more benefits than just ease of installation. Some other advantages include:

  • Use less energy than a wood burning or gas fireplace
  • Easy to add to any room
  • No clean up involved like a wood burning fireplace
  • Lower initial cost than building a fireplace
  • More design options
  • Environmentally friendly

If going green is a consideration for you, then an electric fireplace is a more conscious decision than a wood-burning or gas fireplace. Not only are you not burning wood or using up propane with an electric fireplace, you’re also producing less carbon dioxide. You’re also eliminating smoke, ash and soot.

Electric fireplaces use what is known as zone heating to warm up a space. This is a more controlled, efficient way to heat up only the space you need rather than losing heat to the entire room or up the chimney. This in turn will keep your energy bills down!

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Electric Fireplaces: Styles and Features

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Pictured above: Dimplex Crystal Fireplace

There is no shortage of features when it comes to electric fireplaces! Most fireplaces, fireboxes and inserts offer a range of settings for different flame colors, flame effects, crystal bed colors and more! Many of the fireplaces we carry at Homemakers feature a realistic log and flame display, so you can still get the look of a traditional fireplace. Some fireplaces that are set in consoles even feature hidden lighting for extra effects.

Fireplace Styles


There are a number of fireplace options, so you are sure to find the best one for your space. If you live in a small home or apartment and can’t afford to lose floorspace, a wall-mounted fireplace is your best bet. Just like mounting a TV, it saves you floor space without adding a console or media cabinet to your living room. Simply install mounting brackets and hang it, just like you would a TV.

consoles with inserts
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One of the most popular ways to add an electric fireplace to a room is with a TV console, media cabinet or bookcase with a firebox or fireplace insert. Why is it so popular?

  • Multipurpose
  • Adds an entertainment center or console to living space
  • Inserts make it easy to upgrade over time
  • Easy to change out as your style changes

A console with an insert is multifunctional, which is always a plus! It’s easy to change as your style tastes change and grow. Feeling sleek and contemporary? Look for a minimal media fireplace. Are you liking more of an urban-industrial look these days? Browse for a new console and just move your old insert over- if the center compartment is the same size.

Consoles with fireplace inserts come in all sizes. If you’re starting off in a small apartment or home and need a scaled-down media cabinet- we have that! If you move into a bigger home later on and need a bigger console- time to upgrade!

A console or home entertainment center with a fireplace insert is a good way to make a well-used space even more comfortable.

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So you’re sold on the benefits of an electric fireplace, but you’re still missing the look of a traditional mantel. They’re fun to decorate for the seasons, put up family photos and just finish off a room with that classic look. Never fear! There are plenty of electric fireplace mantels so you can still get all the eco-friendly benefits of an electric fireplace, but you still have a place to hang the stockings at Christmas.

You also still have the style range with mantels that you do with consoles. From traditional cherry wood mantels with intricate scrolling to sleek white and crystal and everything in between- we have it all!

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