electric fireplaces work

There are times when the temperatures drop drastically and you need some coziness in your home. One of the best ways to achieve this coziness is an electric fireplace. 

Many of us know this but the problem is that most of us don’t understand these appliances. So here’s the question, how do electric fireplaces work? 

If you understand the mechanism of operation, it is easier to pick the right one for your home. Without further ado, let’s show you how electric fireplaces work.

How electric fireplaces work

The first thing you should know is that there are three types of electric fireplaces. They include:

  1. Standalone models that come with a heater and mantel.
  2. Custom versions that you can either mount or build into a piece of furniture or your wall.
  3. Inserts that you can place in an older hearth. This type comes with varying flame effects and LED glowing logs.

Generally, electric fireplaces make use of metal coils for heat creation. When the coils amass heat, a fan or blower motor pushes the already warm air into the immediate surrounding. Some models of electric fireplaces make use of infrared technology in heating the room directly. 

In some cases, you’ll see a realistic-looking flame.  For this type of electric fireplace, there is a refractor that reflects light from an in-built LED bulb. This helps to create a realistic flame or flicker. There are even some types that come with a pre-installed device to emit the traditional fire crackling sound.

If what you need is a central heating system to heat your home or living room space, leave out electric fireplaces. On the other hand, they’ll do a great job if you need to warm a specific location. The idea is that you need to plug the fireplace in the location where you desire the heat the most.

On average, electric fireplaces can produce up to 4,000 BTUs of heat. This is enough to heat a 37-square-meter room. One of the top bonuses of electric fireplaces is that the heat they produce is contained. You aren’t losing any heat to flue or chimney.

Why consider an electric fireplace?

Now that you know how electric fireplaces work, let’s discuss why you need one. In this section, we will share a few benefits that accrue to investing in an electric fireplace. 

Low operating costs

Traditional wood fireplaces or gas-run fireplaces require you to replenish wood or gas. You don’t have to think of this when using an electric fireplace. These devices use just 1,500 watts on average. 

Convert that into money and you’ll notice that it doesn’t cost so much. Also, you don’t need to clean or inspect your chimney frequently.

Easy to install and use

Unlike wood and gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces don’t need any extra construction. They are very easy to install. All you need to do is place the fireplace where you need it and plug it in. as long as there is a power socket, you’ll have heat.

Less mess 

Since electric fireplaces don’t use wood or produce real fire, there isn’t any mess. What you see as flames is a mere illusion. All you use is electricity and maybe the effort to flick on the switch.

Environmentally safe

Since you aren’t really burning any wood, electric fireplaces produce zero emissions. With no hazardous products being produced, these devices are safe, not just for you but for the environment. 


There you go, now you know how electric fireplaces work. We have also given you a few advantages of investing in electric fireplaces. With this knowledge, you can invest in an electric fireplace to make your home cozier. 

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod is an Editor of Appclonescript.com, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on-demand business ideas. He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.