There are so many options when it comes to buying an electric fireplace that it can be hard to know where to start. As we move into a colder season, you may be wondering if now’s the time to add an electric fireplace to your living room. The answer is yes! Installing an electric fireplace over a wood-burning or gas fireplace has a ton of benefits, not to mention all of the different styles available to you!
We’ve put together this guide to make it easy to decide on the best electric fireplace for your space.
Benefits of an Electric Fireplace
Pictured Above: Classic Flame/Tresanti Enterprise 64-Inch Black Fireplace
Electric fireplaces come with more benefits than just ease of installation. Some other advantages include:
- More energy-efficient than a wood-burning or gas fireplace
- Easy addition to any room
- No clean up involved like a wood-burning fireplace
- Lower initial cost than building a fireplace
- Greater variety of design options
If going green is a consideration for you, then an electric fireplace is a more environmentally conscious decision than a wood-burning or gas fireplace. By not burning wood or using up propane with an electric fireplace, you’re producing less carbon dioxide, as well as eliminating smoke, ash, and soot.
Electric fireplaces use what is known as “zone heating” to warm-up a single space. This is a more controlled and efficient way to heat up only the space you need rather than losing heat to the entire room or up the chimney. It also works to keep your energy bills down!
Electric Fireplaces: Styles and Features
Pictured Above: Classic Flame/Tresanti Dwell Infrared Fireplace Console
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 and feel of a traditional fireplace. Some fireplaces even feature hidden lighting for a cozier effect.
With the number of electric fireplace options out there, you can bring one into almost any space. If you live in a small home or apartment and can’t afford to lose floor space, a wall-mounted fireplace will be the best electric fireplace for you. Just like a mounted TV, it saves you floor space without adding a console or media cabinet to your living room. Simply install mounting brackets, hang it, and enjoy the warmth and ambiance your new electric fireplace provides.
Consoles with Inserts
Pictured Above: Classic Flame/Tresanti Gotham Infrared Fireplace Console
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?
A console with a fireplace insert is multifunctional, which is always a plus! This option makes swapping out your fireplace super simple as your preferred interior design style changes. 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 move your old insert over. Just be sure to check the center compartment to ensure it’s the same size.
Fireplace consoles 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 great way to make a well-used space even more comfortable.
So you’re sold on the benefits of an electric fireplace, but you’re still missing the look of a traditional mantel. In that case, an electric fireplace mantel will be the best option! They’re fun to decorate for the seasons, showcase family photos, or just to finish off a room. This way, you can still get all the eco-friendly benefits of an electric fireplace AND 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 everything in between- we have it all!
Whether you’re looking for multifunctional electric fireplace consoles or something that looks just like a traditional fireplace, the best electric fireplace for you is bound to be out there. With all the benefits there are to having an electric fireplace, it’s hard to say no to getting one. It’s time to make your home warm and cozy for the cold weather with any one of these fantastic fireplaces!
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