How to Choose the Correct Electric Fire for Your Home
Installing electric fires into homes is on the increase recently. That’s because people are looking to create efficient warmth within their homes, and electric fireplaces are now very cheap to run. People are choosing electric fireplaces over gas fires or traditional wood or coal fires because they look great, are efficient, are safe, and are very easy to install. There are a few different types of electric fires you could install into your home, and here are a few options.
Types of Heat
- Forced Fan: The most common kind of electric fire, because of its simplicity in design and effectiveness. Heat is produced in metal coils, and then a silent fan gently blows the air over to the room. They have higher running costs than other types of electric fires, but do produce good heat.
- Infrared Quartz: This works similarly to some electric cooking hobs. An invisible infrared light produces heat. This works well to create a comfortable home environment as it creates humidity in the air. Essentially, the light warms the things it comes into contact with, your body and furniture, but you must stay at a minimum distance of around two metres away for the infrared system to be effective. However, the casing of the heating system will remain cool to touch, making it safe for a home with young children.
- Inserts or Logs: These will fit nicely into your existing fireplace mantel, and are designed accordingly. These are particularly popular being retrofitted into homes in the Midlands, and the installation of electric fires in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire is particularly on the rise. People are choosing to seek the benefits of efficient modern-day electric fires, in more traditional homes.
- All-in-one unit: This is a kind of electric fireplace that has hidden components, for example to conceal electric wires and can be a television or media stand.
- Wall-Hanging Units: These are great to save space, but also deliver a more modern look to a room. They hang on the wall with brackets, much like a wall-mount television, and produce ample heat.
- Free-standing: These fireplaces sit on the ground, so no need to mount to a wall. They can be pushed right up against any wall, also pushed into a corner.
Choosing Your Fireplace
The most convenient thing about electric fireplaces is that they are very easy to install. All you need is a regular wall socket, and you plug it in and it’s ready to go. A typical fireplace operates on a standard 120-volt outlet. They have a long life too, although components are not expensive to replace. Electric fireplaces are available in a multiple of designs, in modern or traditional styles, so you’re bound to find something that will suit your interior. Forced Fan type electric heaters produce very effective heat and more modern infra-red systems are popular because of the way they give off heat around the home.