How pleasant it is to return home after a hectic day, relax, sitting in an armchair and looking at the tongues of flame, or gather friends for heart-to-heart gatherings near the fireplace with a glass of wine and sincere conversations. Do you think that fireplaces are a luxurious piece of furniture that only owners of a private country house can afford? Far from it.
In the modern world, a fireplace can also be installed in an apartment of a multi-storey building. Examples are electric fireplaces: they do not require a special permit for installation. They do not need fuel (wood or gas) to work, it is enough to connect the electric fireplace to the network, and you can enjoy the tongues of flame.
Compared to other fireplaces (for example, wood, gas), electric fireplaces have a number of advantages:
- Reasonable price - for the construction of a "real" fireplace will have to pay a serious sum.
- Electric fireplaces can be installed in an apartment of a high-rise building, which is not equipped with additional ventilation or a chimney, and not be afraid of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- You do not have to incur additional costs for the purchase of fuel (logs, wood chips or coal).
- The room will not form soot, soot or smoke, which are inherent in wood-burning fireplaces. You do not have to constantly clean up the garbage that often occurs when using a wood-burning fireplace.
- Electric fireplaces are very easy to operate - just plug it in and select the heating mode or only the fire demonstration mode.
- Silent operation - you can relax and enjoy the crackling coals in the fireplace.
- In modern models of the fireplace, the fire is very accurately and realistically transmitted, so that you cannot distinguish it from a real and real flame.
- Electric fireplaces are safe for health and the environment, as they do not generate carbon monoxide or smoke.
- Flame simulation and space heating are independent of each other. So that you can enjoy watching the flame even on a hot sultry day.
- Electric fireplaces very quickly heat up the room in which they are located. You do not have to wait long for the coals to light up and the fireplace starts heating the room.
Depending on how the electric fireplace for the home is installed, the following models are distinguished:
Corner electric fireplaces - are installed in the corner of the room. Their advantages - they are able to heat not one, but two or three adjacent rooms
Wall mounted electric fireplaces - for such models, a special fireplace portal is required. The advantage of a fireplace built into the wall is that it does not occupy the living space of the room
Wall and floor models of electric fireplaces - can be hung on the wall like a painting or used as a TV bedside table
Models of electric fireplaces that stand separately - they do not need a special place. These are mobile devices that, if desired, can be moved to another room
An electric fireplace for a home can also perform decorative functions, it is enough to turn off the heating function. You can enjoy such a decorative fireplace even in summer. In addition, if the heating function is turned off, the electric fireplace consumes very little electricity, but how many positive emotions it brings!
Modern electric fireplaces for the home are designed in such a way as to maximize the naturalness of the flame. For this, a variety of ribbons, colored lamps, mirrors and even fans are used.
When thinking about purchasing an electric fireplace for your home, it is worth choosing a model in which the image of a flame and hot coals is most realistic. Manufacturers of electric fireplaces have tried their best. You can choose a product equipped with a special device that transmits the crackle of hot coals or equipped with a special aroma with the smell of a fire.
Expensive models of an electric fireplace for the home are equipped with an air humidifier. In this case, even when the heating function is turned on, the indoor air will not become dry. On the contrary, it will hydrate, which will have a beneficial effect on your health. In addition, in such models of an electric fireplace, tongues of flame are transmitted so clearly and distinctly that you cannot distinguish them from a real hearth. The water vapor is specially illuminated to give the impression of a real flame.
Principle of operation
The principle of operation of an electric fireplace is simple: there is a heating element in the middle of its body. It can be either open or closed. The heating element is a wire that is wound on a ceramic rod or a spiral placed in a quartz tube. The main disadvantage of such electric fireplaces is that they "dry" the air, that is, the air humidity in the room is significantly reduced.
There are also modern models of electric fireplaces that heat the room using infrared radiation. The air does not come into contact with the heating element and oxygen is not lost. Heat waves in an electric fireplace are not scattered to the sides, but directed forward.
Modern electric fireplaces are equipped with special sensors that help maintain a certain temperature in the room, reducing the consumption of electrical energy. As soon as a certain room temperature is reached, the sensor switches off the heating function of the fireplace and switches it on again as soon as the temperature drops slightly. This function also helps to protect the heating element itself from overheating.
Modern models are equipped with a special control panel. So you don't have to get up and toss the logs into the hearth. It is enough to press the button on the control panel and adjust the brightness of the fire or the temperature of heating the room.
Small-sized electric fireplaces are also called modern electric stoves. They can be carried, thanks to the presence of handles, or moved around the room, thanks to the presence of wheels. Such electric stoves do not need fireplace portals or other decorations.
You can install an electric fireplace yourself without assistance with your own hands, but first take care of the presence of an outlet in the place where it will be located.
Determine the place in the apartment where the electric fireplace will be located. Insert the hearth into the fireplace portal (niche). Then it is necessary to install the protective frame and the front of the panel (in certain models of the electric fireplace it may not be available). The electric fireplace is ready for use, now you can install it in the place where it will work. Plug it in and have fun.
The body of the electric fireplace does not heat up, therefore, even when it is working, you can touch it without fear of getting burned.
You can place an electric fireplace on the wall like a regular picture or a plasma TV. An electric fireplace in an apartment can also be installed as a TV stand.
You should not install an electric fireplace in the apartment opposite the window. If light falls on the electric fireplace, the brightness and brilliance of the fire in it will be significantly reduced.
If you are purchasing an electric fireplace for a country house, which previously had a fireplace, then be sure to lay the chimney so that the heat does not go into the chimney.Chimney draft can also have negative consequences for the operation of an electric fireplace.
Electric fireplaces can be decorated in a variety of ways. Built-in models of electric fireplaces can be finished with stone (natural or artificial). The framing of electric fireplaces can also be wood, plastic or ceramic.
Decorating an electric fireplace depends on the style and interior of the room:
The classic interior will be decorated with a portal for an electric fireplace with stone or wood trim. It is characterized by strict forms and lines, no frills. The mantel should contain traditional decorations: large mirrors, paintings and lighting
A country-style electric fireplace is usually used for corner fireplaces, which are located in country houses. Such a fireplace is very massive, it can be finished in the form of brickwork
Electric fireplaces for modern interiors. They are characterized by a mixture of styles, a combination of modern furniture and ready-made models of electric fireplaces. Electric fireplaces can have unusual placement, such as hanging on a wall like a plasma TV
For a minimalist or high-tech style, electric fireplaces are installed with a minimum of decorations. They can also be built into furniture. High-tech electric fireplaces are decorated with metal and glass
When choosing one or another finish for the portal cladding, remember that it should be combined with the style of the hearth.
The most popular manufacturers of electric fireplaces on the domestic market:
Dimplex - Irish brand… From this manufacturer, you can purchase an electric fireplace with the most realistic image of a flame that is formed due to water vapor and is illuminated by halogen lamps
Blaze - electric fireplaces from the Chinese manufacturer SBLT. They are of good quality and reasonable price
Electrolux is a Swedish company that produces electric fireplaces. Products of this brand are distinguished by modern stylish design and democratic prices
Olmo is a Danish brand. Olmo electric fireplaces have a standard set of functions, stylish design, are remotely controlled using a remote control, and also work without heating
If you want to enjoy the warmth and sight of a burning fire without additional effort, then you should opt for electric fireplaces. They are very simply "kindled" and also simply "extinguished", for this it is enough to press a button on the control panel.