In the old days, fireplaces were strictly for heat. Today they are more about the looks and style they bring to the room. For many, they install a fireplace for the warmth, coziness, and style they bring to the room.
Electric fireplaces have become very popular in recent years because they are environmentally friendly with clean energy. But, they also provide warmth to a room. An electric fireplace offers physical warmth from the heat but also aesthetic warmth in the factor of coziness and style.
So, how do you choose the best electric fireplace?
We will discuss several factors you should consider when choosing an electric fireplace.
What factors should go into your decision on electric fireplaces
Here are several things to consider when looking at electric fireplaces:
One last thing to consider is the flames; will it be traditional flames or multi-colored. Consider what look you are going for before deciding on one or the other.
Benefits of an electric fireplace
There are several benefits to an electric fireplace; some of which are:
Electric fireplaces are clean, safe, and affordable and will bring value to your home.
Incorporating an electric fireplace into your home
Before you purchase an electric fireplace into your home, make sure that your current electrical wiring and breaker box are up to the task. The best way to accomplish this is to hire an electrician to check out your home and the room that you want to install the fireplace.
If the electrician says you will need a new breaker box in order to have a breaker for the fireplace or that you will need new wiring, take care of that issue first. That will ensure that your fireplace is safe to use in your home.
Hiring an electrician to install the fireplace and then having the set up inspected by a licensed inspector will help reduce the homeowner's insurance. It is also a good idea to have those records in case a fire should break out the insurance company will not be able to say the fireplace was not installed correctly.
Now that you have that taken care of look at the room you are putting the fireplace in and decide if you are changing the room's style. Meaning are you going to paint or paper the room, change the furniture and the window dressings? If not, then choose a style of electric fireplace that fits the room style.
The fireplace is installed, now what?
First, read the owner's manual and use your electric fireplace as directed. Do any maintenance that the manual calls for on a regular basis. The maintenance will keep your fireplace in good working order for years to come.
Now that the fireplace is installed, you can enjoy the warmth of electric heat, the ambiance that a fireplace gives, and decide what you want to place on the mantel. Will it be pictures of loved ones, candles, flowers, or other trinkets?
Depending on the time of the year, you will want to decorate for the holidays, so you may want to start purchasing decorations such as garlands, ornaments, candles, and more.
Beyond that, it is time just to enjoy your new electric fireplace, whether it is with your feet up after a long day or by grabbing a good book and snuggling up by the fireplace for a good read. However, you enjoy your fireplace; it will be delightful.