Electric fireplaces – They make a great centrepiece to your room

By Katie Anderson on November 12th, 2010

Electric FireplaceAn electric fireplace mimics a fireplace burning coal, wood, or natural gas. A real centrepiece of any room, electric fireplaces have the advantage of being portable but are designed to replace an outgoing fireplace in the same location, using the same area and are designed with a similar look and mantle.

Electric fireplaces plug into the wall and, because they do not require a venting system, are fairly straightforward to install. Another advantage that makes these types of fireplaces so attractive is that they do not require any clean up, and because they can be mounted onto a flat wall and simply plug into the standard outlets in your property, do not require the skilled hand of an electrician to rewire.

Many firms offer a multitude of different designs and different looking electric fireplaces. You can have a style that is similar to a traditional fireplace with a mantle and surround, a classical looking electric fireplace, framed units or appliances that fit flush into the wall. And because they come available in so many different designs, you can choose a style that fits with your home décor and the period of the home. Electric fireplaces are now so advanced that they still have the look of a real wood-burning fireplace.

Fires make a great centrepiece

Feature fireplaces come in a variety of styles and ranges. If you want something modern, distinctive and eye catching, then they don’t come much more stylish than wall mounted electric fires. Also known as wall hung, these modern fires hang on the wall and feature black tempered black, LED lighting and remote controlled adjustable virtual flames.

Well known brands include Burley and Dimplex. If you’re after something not quite so flashy and a bit more traditional, you could go for a complete fireplace suite, which includes a fire, mantel and hearth. Popular ranges and styles include:

  • Cast iron fireplace
  • Marble fireplace
  • Limestone fireplace
  • Wood fireplace
  • Georgian fireplace
  • Victorian fireplace

Simple and straightforward to install

Many firms who sell electric fireplaces will offer to come fit the appliance too, especially if the unit requires to be fitted flush into a wall or is a drastic style change to the outgoing fireplace. Electric fireplace installations are the most simple and straightforward fuel-type appliance installation available. This is because the appliance simply plugs into the standard outlets in your home making them an easy plug-and-play unit.

However, if you’re replacing, for example, a solid fuel burning fireplace with an electric unit, you will need the fireplace area adapting to fit the electric appliance and to close the chimney and flue of the old fireplace. You may have to get an OFTEC, HETAS or Gas Safe Registered heating engineer to do the work if the outgoing system is oil, solid fuel or gas.

While gas fireplaces needed to be serviced annually, electric fireplaces rarely need a service because they are a straightforward plug-in appliance. But despite requiring very little maintenance, electric fireplaces can still go wrong. Common issues that can occur range from problems with fans, bulbs and wiring, which can stop the appliance working correctly and thus requires a qualified electrician or electric boiler expert to give look at the appliance.

If your electric fireplace does breakdown, Builder Guide will have a technician capable of resolving the issue.

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