How to Choose the Right Electric Fireplace

Your guide to electric fireplaces. An electric fireplace is a welcome addition to any home, including condos, and is a great source of supplementary heat. They're also easy to operate, and come with little or no installation costs. With so many styles and features to choose from, it's never hard to find the perfect electric fireplace for your home.

Types of Electric Fireplaces

Wall-Mount Electric Fireplaces

Wall-Mount Electric Fireplaces

Wall-mount, plasma-style electric fireplaces have the advantage of taking up no floor space, making them ideal for small living spaces such as condos and townhomes. These fireplaces can easily be installed on any wall using a bracket or drywall studs, and offer a contemporary look and feel to any room. They're also perfect for adding a romantic touch to bedrooms, and their sleek design and shimmering crystal ember beds provide a unique focal point for any living space.

Electric Fireplace Inserts

Electric Fireplace Inserts

An electric insert provides an array of design possibilities by giving you the freedom to match your fireplace surround or mantel to your existing home furnishings. You can get the look you want by surrounding your insert with natural stone, glass tiles, or a traditional wooden mantel, or by installing your fireplace insert directly into your existing fireplace opening, creating the perfect substitute to an ashy, messy, wood-burning fireplace.

To learn how to get three very different looks with an electric fireplace insert, check out our Focal Point: Fireplaces.

Electric Stove Fireplaces

Electric Stove Fireplaces

For a more traditional look, nothing compares to the old-world charm of a cast iron and steel electric stove. Electric stove fireplaces provide many of the same features of wood-finish electric fireplaces, but tend to be more compact and portable.

Fireplace TV Stands

Fireplace TV Stands

A fireplace console can be the perfect addition to your living room or family room. An electric fireplace down below, built-in storage for electronics, and a flat surface for your TV on top.

Purchasing Tips for Electric Fireplaces

  • Take measurements to ensure the electric fireplace you purchase is the right scale for your living space.
  • For a uniform look, consider a fireplace that matches the style and colour of your home furnishings.
  • If you want your electric fireplace to be a focal point, its qualities should be interesting enough to covet attention.
  • Consider the realism of the flame design, and if the fireplace uses glowing logs or a crystal ember bed.
  • If you have children or pets, consider buying an electric fireplace with glass that remains cool to the touch when in use.

Features to Consider

Adjustable Heat Settings

Adjustable heat settings allow you to set the heat level of your electric fireplace, giving you greater comfort and control.

Interchangeable Ember Beds

This feature lets you switch the ember bed of your fireplace from traditional logs, to glowing fire embers with river rocks, for a more contemporary look.
Remote Control A remote control allows you to adjust the settings on your electric fireplace from the comfort of your favourite chair.
Built-In Thermostat A built-in thermostat provides more precise temperature readings when adjusting your fireplace's heat settings.
Operates With or Without Heat A number of electric fireplaces can operate with or without heating, letting you enjoy the ambience of your electric fireplace in the summer.
Real Wood Finish Modern-day electric fireplaces come in a variety of real wood finishes, such as cherry, oak and mahogany.

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