Electric Fireplaces – Everything you Need to Know
The electric fireplace is inexpensive and environmentally friendly substitute for the traditional indoor fireplace. They can be used everywhere, in house, apartment, and even outdoor. The electric fireplaces are usually portable and can easily be moved from one room to another, or outside the house. There are many different designs of electric fireplaces from which you can choose the one that best fits your interior. Also, the electric fireplaces come in many different types. There are those who imitate the look of the traditional fireplace, or other electric fireplaces that can be put inside of an existing traditional fireplace like a log or coal giving it very realistic look.
When you want to buy an electric fireplace first you’ll have to know what purpose it’s going to have in the house. If you plan the electric fireplace to be your main source of heat in the house you better buy something else. These fireplaces do not have the same heating power as the traditional fireplaces. Not only they are not as efficient, but if you use them as the main heating source you will also get big electric bills. The features that your electric fireplace will have depend on how much you are ready to spend on it. Because the electric fireplaces that are now available on the market have all the features of the traditional fireplace: mantels, protective screens, fire pokers. Only your available budget can limit what kind of electric fireplace you will buy.
Even though the electric fireplaces do exclude some of the risks that the traditional fireplaces have, they are still not perfect when it comes to safety. It is advised to consult an electrician before you buy an electric fireplace so he can check whether you have the needed electricity power to install such electric device. You should also make sure that there are no flammable objects near the electric fireplace, and to never leave it alone when it is turned on.
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