Electric fireplaces have a long and murky history. Its existence dates back to the early 20th century, although it was not until 1995 that Dimplex patented the first indoor electric fireplace.
What happened during the eighty years between the time they were first used as props in the theater and the time they were used in homes across the country? The truth is … no one is 100% sure.
Some people associate Benjamin Franklin with the creation of the electric fireplace. While it is true that he invented the “Franklin stove” that improved common colonial fireplaces, there is no direct evidence to show that his contributions went far enough to be intertwined in inventions more than 100 years after his death.
While the backstory of the electrical fireplace could also be a mystery, what’s certain is its dominance within the modern fireplace industry. With electricity becoming a common household service in the mid-1900s, more and more homes across the country proudly proclaim the brilliance of modern ingenuity with beautiful incandescent electric fireboxes on their walls.
So if you’ve ever considered buying the best electric fireplace, or wondered what makes them so special, let me explain five reasons why you should consider an electric fireplace for all your heating needs.
1) Ease of operation:
Electric fireplaces are the simplest fireplace model to work. You can skip the boy scout lessons that teach you ways to properly stack firewood for burning. You do not need to learn how to operate a pilot light or gas line. And if that wasn’t enough, most of them come remote ready, so all you have to do is plug it in, hit the “on” button, and you’re ready to record! How about that for a hard day at work?
2) Variety of installation options:
The second super attractive feature of electric fireplaces is their variety of installation options. Because they are not immobilized by being completely recessed into a wall or tethered to a gas line, electric fireplaces are usually very lightweight and portable. They can be persisted on the wall or placed on the ground. You can find models approved for indoor use in small spaces like bathrooms or bedrooms, as well as larger outdoor areas.
3) Buy by heat or environment:
Another great feature of the electrical fireplace is its versatility. Gone are the days when people in hot climates had to suffer excruciating heat to enjoy the crackle of the fire. With electric fireplaces, you can buy a unit that meets your exact heating needs.
For warmer climates and smaller rooms, a unit snoozing less than 5,000 BTUs would work perfectly. If you want a bit more heat in conjunction with your environment, then increasing the BTUs to around 10,000 is a good option. Thanks to modern technology, you can create any environment you want with the click of a button.
4) Modern look:
If you are looking for something outside of a traditional wood-burning fireplace, then the sleek and clean look of an electric fireplace may be ideal for you. Wood burning fireplaces can take you back to another era with vintage design elements and ornate mantels. However, sitting under the purple or blue hue of an electric fireplace is a nice aesthetic that traditional fireplaces don’t have.
A study in 2011 reviewed cases of fires caused by heating appliances. Of all the reported cases, none were caused by an electric fireplace. The lack of fumes and the possibility of creosote accumulation make having an electric fireplace one of the safest options for your family.
They are very low maintenance and you will never have to worry about ventilation problems. There is no risk that inhaling smoke or dangerous vapors will seep into your home and harm your loved ones. You never have to worry about embers flying out of the combustion chamber and onto flammable materials. Simply put, if safety is your primary concern, then an electric fireplace insert is the option for you.
Finally, electric fireplaces are easily installed and maintained. They come in a wide variety of modern and unique styles. And due to its level of security, peace of mind is a great gift to include on your list of attractive features. We love electric fireplaces here at the Magikflame Store and we hope you like them too! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Magikflame team at any time.