Those who have chosen an electric fireplace know that these designs are fashionable and modern, and also look beautiful along with a low price. They can be operated even in a multi-storey building, in contrast to a full-fledged wood portal. An important task when choosing an electric fireplace is the correct selection of a model for the situation, so that its appearance does not violate the harmony and style of the interior. Many positive properties, along with additional functions, allow the devices to win a large number of fans around the world.
Advantages and disadvantages
Electric fireplaces have many advantages over traditional fireplaces. The positive qualities include:
- the ability to install at any time, even if it was not provided earlier;
- you do not need to think about the chimney and the ventilation system, just as you do not need to obtain the consent of neighbors and draw up the necessary documentation. Such fireplaces take up little space and are able to successfully fit into any environment;
- the electric fireplace is ideal for families with children. These structures are absolutely safe, since they do not heat up and it is impossible to get burned from them. Their use minimizes the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning;
- no special care is required for these hearths, just as there is no need to constantly buy firewood. There is no need to rake out the ash and clean the firebox, because smoke and soot do not form during combustion;
- you can put an electric fireplace in any room, they perfectly heat the room in the cold season;
- unlike the traditional portal, the electric fireplace can be turned on even in summer. You will need to turn off the heating function and admire the beautiful "flame" on summer evenings.
If we talk about the shortcomings of these devices, the following should be noted:
- increased power consumption. Anyone who has used electrical appliances for heating a room knows that this is not very profitable. It should be noted that when using the fireplace only for decorative purposes, it significantly reduces energy costs;
- in order to install an electric fireplace, you will need to connect to the mains, and for devices that have the option to simulate smoke, you will need to provide access to water supply.
Types of electric fireplaces
An electric fireplace is an electric heater that simulates fire and heat. With the help of such a device, you can transform your room, endowing it with a cozy family atmosphere, in which each of the household will like to be. You will love the tradition of gathering in front of the fireplace in the evenings with the whole family.
Electric fireplaces are divided into several types, based on certain criteria: type of hearth, mode of operation, location, material from which the fireplace is made and the type of portal itself, along with functionality and power. You can buy fireplaces with an open hearth or closed, large and small, thin and wide. Modern manufacturers offer unusual shapes with additional functions.
If we talk about the type of installation, then home electric fireplaces are:
- standing separately;
Small appliances are called electric ovens. They may contain handles for transportation, as well as wheels. They are considered the most affordable electric fireplaces in the price category.A portable electric fireplace can be moved throughout the apartment or taken out only at the moment when it is needed.
Wall-mounted appliances are a built-in model that can save the area of a country house or apartment. It is worth noting that such an electric fireplace is not so easy to hang, since a niche must first be equipped in accordance with the dimensions of the device. This type looks like a TV, in which the center of attention is a live fire. Such an electric fireplace can be hung above the TV, or there are more expensive versions in which a TV with the Real Flame function is mounted. These models create a believable fire atmosphere. True, the price of such a fireplace is very high.
Corner fireplaces are popular in small apartments. Such mini-portals have all the options of a traditional front fireplace. The corner fireplace stove will perfectly decorate the corner of your room and bring a little exoticism and charm to the room.
There is also a category of compact electric fireplaces that have no framing. They take up very little space and look like a stove. You can put a vase or statuette or any other item on such a device.
Modern manufacturers began to equip electric fireplaces with additional functions. This contributed to an increase in demand for devices that performed a number of useful functions:
- not so long ago there were models with a humidifier. A distinctive feature of such a room device is the replacement of fire with steam. Small drops of water create an imitation of burning wood with real smoke. Models with a steam generator not only allow you to admire the fire, but they also humidify the air in the room. The device is filled with ordinary water;
- the infrared electric fireplace is popular. This device is a simple and affordable option. Its work is based on a reflector, in the focus of which the heating component is located. Due to the reflection of heat rays from the surface, infrared radiation is emitted. There are several models that emit radiation in one, two, or three directions.
If we talk about unusual solutions, then among them there are two types of electric fireplaces:
- a modern high-tech electric fireplace immediately won the favor of many owners of apartments and country houses. Its unusual design with unusual shapes attracts attention and brings zest to the overall style of the house. There are fireplaces in the form of a prism, a ball, a semicircular, and even a triangle. Such devices can be attached to the wall, placed on the floor, or mounted on a column. With the help of such a fireplace, you can realize any fantasies, from an electric fireplace in the form of a coffee table to a rotating appliance with a waterfall;
- there are multimedia fireplaces with copper pipes. In such portals there is a special stand for a TV or multimedia system. Such a device does an excellent job with the decorative function and plays the role of a stand for players, a TV, an acoustic system. Due to the convenient height of the electric fireplace, you can put a TV on it or place the device above it.
Depending on your taste preferences and room design, you can choose a narrow electric fireplace, a device with a vertical shape, or a standard floor-standing version. The latest model is completely similar to traditional portals and can be of any size. Based on the area of the room, you can purchase a long electric fireplace, or vice versa, a mini version.
Most electric fireplaces are made of metal and are an ordinary firebox with a transparent glass door. However, stores offer a wide range of models of electric fireplaces with different styles.If you do not plan on finishing your portal yourself, make sure that the future stove matches you in its color and size.
Alas, not all of our dreams of a home are realized by designers who work in companies that produce electric fireplaces. For this reason, many people order individual options or do the finishing themselves.
Be aware that you should not be limited when choosing materials for finishing, because electric fireplaces are not characterized by heat transmission and heating of the facing material.
Models made of wood, artificial stones and natural stones, tiles, stucco moldings, marble and even wallpaper are in demand in the classical style. If you want to add a sophisticated fashion style to your framing, look at glass, glass ceramics, mirrors, and plastic cladding. Models of modern electric fireplaces look good, for which you can use the basic elements of the classics, marble, wood, stone, glass, only in a more modern version, with refinement, lightness and elegance.
Design solutions during installation
When we voice the phrase: "Home", our imagination instantly draws a picture of dancing flames in a cozy atmosphere where there is calmness and warmth. Such a wave of fantasies rolls over many that they decide to install a fireplace in their home. If we talk about a country house, then the portal in it is not uncommon, but in a city apartment it is problematic to install such a unit.
For this reason, many apartment owners install electric fireplaces in their room, which take up little space and are equipped with additional functions. An electric fireplace, which is well integrated into the interior, will help create no less cozy and homely atmosphere than a traditional portal.
If you decide to install an electric fireplace in your sauna, pay attention to models with a steam generator. Such devices have a trendy design, they are reliable and practical. You don't need to think about fuel because the device is powered by the mains. With their help, you can get dry or wet type of steam for the sauna, based on your preferences.
As a rule, in a sauna, an electric fireplace is located at the door, but its small size allows installation anywhere. A special handrail is installed around the appliance as a fire safety measure.
If you plan to put an electric fireplace in the hall, it is not recommended to purchase built-in models in the TV rack. If both devices are working at the same time, you will not be able to focus on one thing. It is best to put the fireplace in the opposite corner to enjoy the view while reading newspapers or over a cup of coffee. You can put any fireplace in the room, focusing on the area and design of the room.
For the kitchen, a floor-standing or wall-mounted electric fireplace is perfect. This option can turn an ordinary lunch into a significant event and help create a soulful atmosphere when meeting with friends and family.
Installing an electric fireplace in the bathroom allows you to equip a bathroom and a spa area. You can pleasantly bask in the fluffy foam while enjoying the crackling firewood. You can put wood balls near the electric fireplace, soaking them in advance with essential oils. This action will turn your bathroom into a personal hammam.
If you are thinking about how to equip your bedroom, take a look at hanging fireplaces. In this room, an electric fireplace can take place above the bed or in a small boudoir. A fireplace stand is suitable for a small room. Put a mirror or TV on it and save free space in a small room.
Those people who have installed an electric fireplace in their home leave only positive comments about such equipment.In the first place, there is beauty among the reviews of the owners. People like to admire electric fireplaces, imitation of a living flame and listen to the sounds of crackling firewood.
Most note that these devices look great in any interior, from classic to modern. Those who installed side fireplaces in their apartment shared the successful placement of an aquarium, figurines and even an acoustic system on it.
Another category notes the ease of maintenance and the absence of chips, compared to traditional types of portals. The owners note the absence of a chimney, soot and soot.
Each of their customers noted that an electric fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere, gives warmth and pleasure, despite the weather outside. Even in the slush, you can sit in a warm and romantic atmosphere, chat with family and friends.
Regardless of what type of electric fireplace you choose for yourself, this equipment will bring spice and style to your home. You can amaze your friends with the novelty of the interior and spend free evenings next to the electric fireplace.