Electric Fireplace Heaters
There is nothing more relaxing or soothing on a cold winter’s night than sitting in front of a fireplace. Often located in a central area of the home, such as the living room, fireplaces offer a comfortable gathering spot for friends and family.
If you live in an apartment or condominium, however, you may not be afforded the opportunity to enjoy a fireplace. The same issue arises in smaller homes or those otherwise unable to accommodate the chimney feature that is needed to provide proper exhaust for the fireplace.
There is, however, a viable solution that is both affordable and effective and can be found in the form of electric fireplace heaters.
Origins Of Fireplace Heaters
Before modern kitchen appliances were invented or even widely used, homes were typically equipped with large cast iron cabinets. The front of the cabinet opened and was used to keep firewood.
On cold nights, the wood was light and the heat would emit from the openings in the door of the unit. Since most everything back then was designed to be as useful as possible, the top surface of the fireplace unit was used for cooking meals.
Some larger fireplace units also had room to accommodate pots within the firewood area to allow for faster cooking or even rotisserie like devices for roasting large pieces of meat or poultry.
When not being used for cooking purposes, the fireplace continued to serve as a heating device for the home. Some houses were even equipped with smaller secondary fireplace devices in the bedrooms.
While not used for cooking, the secondary units were used for heating water for bathing purposes.
What Is An Electric Fireplace Heater?
An electric fireplace heater tends to resemble the more traditional fireplace units that also served as stoves and ovens in the old days. The modern electric fireplace may be able to trace its origins back to cast iron fireplaces but their modern uses are much more simplified.
Now that modern cooking appliances are commonplace, the purpose of the electric fireplace heater is purely for heating purposes. They are, however, somewhat focused on visual appeal as well.
Electric fireplace heaters are designed for homes that are unable to accommodate a traditional fireplace. They are also designed to be much simpler to operate and maintain than standard fireplaces.
These modern units are built into a cabinet that visually resemble the designs of the original wood burning stove fireplaces. The interior components of the modern heater, however, do not include firewood.
Instead, the cabinet houses a stack of logs that are constructed from ceramic or other heat conducting material.
A heating element is built into the unit which, when powered by electricity, is able to produce the heat needed to pass along to the fake firewood. The ceramic logs, in turn, begin to emit a great deal of heat.
The unit also includes a small fan unit which pulls in the cooler air in the room and forces it over the logs to increases its temperature. The heated air is then passed into he room, gradually raising the overall room temperature.
As more heated air is pushed into the room, the cooler air is pushed down towards ground level where it is then pulled into the heater.
Some electric fireplace heaters are also designed to mimic the appearance of real flames through a combination of light effects and other visual tricks. This tends to add to the units visual appeal as well as adding to the visual illusion of a true fireplace.
Benefits Of Electric Fireplace Heaters
The biggest benefit of electric fireplace heaters is the fact that there is little to no cleanup involved with their use. At most, the unit will require occasional dusting and a light wipe down to prevent any buildup on the surface.
There are no chimneys to keep clean, ashes to dust or vacuum up, and fireplace tools to scrub down.
Electric fireplace heaters also provide the look and feel of a fireplace for areas that are unable to accommodate a real fireplace. Whether they are restricted by size or ventilation access, nearly any room is able to house an electric fireplace.
Even in homes that could otherwise support a fireplace, because of their design, electric fireplaces also eliminate the need for intensive construction and installation, making them much more cost effective than a real fireplace.
Unlike a traditional fireplace, electric units can also be somewhat portable. While larger units may be a bit cumbersome to be moving on a daily basis, you can move them from room to room as needed to better accommodate guests or to simply store the unit during the warmer months when it is not in use.
Because of their visual appeal, however, most consumers prefer to leave them out year round to add to the overall ambience of the room.