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Six Questions You Want Answered About Electric Fireplace Heaters

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Are you interested in purchasing a heater for your home? Consider a fireplace that runs on electricity. Not only do they look great, but they work well heating any room in your home without the hassle of installation or clean-up. Here are some frequently asked questions that people usually have about this type of heating.

1. What am I essentially purchasing with an electric fireplace?

A fireplace heater is an excellent combination of attractiveness and functionality. When looking to add a decorative touch to a room, choose this type of heat source for warming the temperature and adding coziness to a room, as opposed to an ordinary space heater.

These heaters simulate the look of a fireplace, but clearly do not actually burn gas or wood like a traditional version. As a result, there are no added inconveniences or expenses from storing firewood or installing gas lines into your home.

2. How do these units work?

The heat generated from this type of heating comes from electricity, so there is no need for a chimney to vent fumes or smoke like a traditional fireplace. Instead, the heat radiating from the electric heater is completely clean and free of all unhealthy or unclean material that comes from a fireplace such as smoke, carbon monoxide, soot, and creosote.

They are also very efficient; all the heat is released directly into the room instead of escaping up a chimney. Unlike central air or heating, which would wastefully heat an entire home, a fireplace only warms the immediate room where heat is needed. For pennies, one can use this heater to economically, conveniently, and efficiently warm a room.

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3. Are they difficult to install?

Installation is extremely easy. Most models will run on a standard 120-volt home electrical circuit with no need of special wiring. It is simply a matter of positioning the unit and plugging it in for fast and easy warmth. There is no need for difficult construction to install these heaters; just a nearby electrical outlet!

Unlike a traditional fireplace, an electric model is also totally portable. It would be very easy to move the fireplace from one part of the room to another if you did not like where the unit was positioned or if you wanted to focus the heat output to another part of the room.

Also, once you light a fire in a traditional fireplace, you have very little control over the amount of heat coming from it. With an electric fireplace the heat settings are completely adjustable. You have controls to adjust the unit to send out minimal or maximum heat, depending on your preference. Also you have the option of turning off the heating function and using your fireplace simply as a decorative item!

4. What are the benefits of this type of heating?

The visual appeal of a fireplace is universally known. Traditional ones are most likely limited to large homes that can accommodate additional space and the chimney necessary for installation. With an electric version, it is possible to have a fireplace where they would not normally be found. For example, places that would not be able to accommodate one would be a condo, an apartment, a small house, an office, a high rise building, a boat, or an RV, and can now enjoy the warm glow of a fireplace.

The look of these heaters is surprisingly realistic. They have light bulbs to simulate the smoldering of a fire right down to the glowing embers. Choose the portable fireplace heater to meet your heating and decorating needs today!

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5. How safe is a fireplace that uses electricity?

Having a traditional fireplace in your home can be scary, especially if you have small children and pets. There is always a danger present when you have an open flame in your home. Curious toddlers could get too close and seriously burn themselves. With an electric fireplace you don't have to worry about the danger of real fire. Instead the unit just simulates the look and feel of a cozy flame.

Also, these units are a lot sturdier than space heaters so there is less of a risk that they will tip-over and start a fire.

6. What if I already have a traditional fireplace that has been closed off?

If you live in an older home it is very common to have closed off fireplaces. This is probably from the previous owners not wanting to deal with the hassle of stocking wood and the mess of cleaning up the ashes. However, now what are you supposed to do about the space? An electric fireplace could be a great option that could easily fit in the small space while still supplying you with supplemental heat.

Learn about some other great decorating ideas for how you can liven up the existing mantle by reading this article on how to decorate your fireplace.

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