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Frequently Asked Questions About Electric Fireplaces

Have questions regarding the electric fireplaces from Eclipse Home? See our blog post on Electric Fireplaces FAQs for all the answers to your most common questions. We can take care of everything, from installation to upkeep. Please contact our efficient and professional customer support team if you are unable to locate what you are searching for.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is an electric fireplace?

An electric fireplace is a heater that is designed to look like a traditional wood-burning or gas fireplace. 

They typically come in two forms: fireplace inserts, which can be installed in existing fireplaces, and freestanding units, which can be placed anywhere in a room.

2. How does an electric fireplace work?

Electric fireplaces use electricity to create heat and flames. The heat is generated by a heating element, such as a fan-forced heater or infrared heater. The flames are created by using lights and mirrors to create the illusion of a fire.

3. Is an electric fireplace energy efficient?

Electric fireplaces are energy efficient because they convert nearly all electricity to heat (no chimney losses) and can be used for targeted heating. However, overall efficiency depends on your electricity source and running costs can add up.

4. Does an electric fireplace need heavy maintenance?

The regular maintenance of an electric fireplace is significantly lower than that of a conventional wood-burning or gas fireplace. They don't create any soot, ash, or other residue that needs to be cleaned up. It is advised, therefore, to routinely wipe down the outside and check the appliance for any indications of wear or damage.

5. Is it safe to use an electric fireplace?

Electric fireplaces are usually regarded as safe to use as they lack open flames or dangerous fumes. They are a wise choice for homes with kids or pets. For safety purposes, it is necessary to adhere to the manufacturer's setup, usage, and maintenance instructions.

6. Is it possible to use an electric fireplace without heat?

Yes, you may use the flame effect without the heat with the majority of electric fireplaces. It will give the space a warm feel without increasing the temperature. In the warmer months, when you still want the aesthetic appeal of a fireplace but don't need the extra heat, this feature is really helpful.

7. Is it difficult to set up an electric fireplace?

Electric fireplaces are generally simple to put in because they don't need venting or a chimney. Models that are freestanding or wall-mounted can be installed practically any place there is a normal electrical outlet. For fireplace inserts to fit into an existing fireplace opening, some simple tools and knowledge may be needed.

8. How long does an electric fireplace last?

Factors such as usage, upkeep, and build quality might affect how long an electric fireplace lasts. An electric fireplace can endure for many years, usually between 10 and 20 years, with regular maintenance and modest use.

9. Will the glass heat up while using the electric fireplace?

Although the fireplace produces heat, neither the fireplace nor the glass face heats up. You will not burn yourself if you touch your fireplace box or glass because the heater generates heat outside the display case.

10. Can I set up a TV or other electronic devices over an electric fireplace?

Yes, you can set a TV or other gadgets above an electric fireplace because they generate less heat than traditional fireplaces. But it's crucial to heed the manufacturer's advice on minimum clearance requirements and, if needed, provide a heat-resistant barrier.

11. Is there any outdoor electric fireplace?

The majority of electric fireplaces are intended solely for indoor use. Nonetheless, certain models include weather-resistant construction and components that make them ideal for outdoor use. If you intend to use your electric fireplace outside, make sure it is rated for outside use.

12. Can an electric fireplace serve as a major heat source? 

Generally speaking, electric fireplaces are not meant to be the main source of heat; rather, they are meant to be supplemental. Although they work well to heat small to medium-sized rooms, they might not be enough to heat big or poorly insulated areas. Think about using energy-efficient space heaters or central heating as an alternative to traditional heat sources.

13. Does an electric fireplace need an electrical circuit?

All of our electric fireplaces don't need their own circuit; they can all be connected to a regular 230V electrical outlet. To avoid overloading and tripping the breaker, you might need to install a separate circuit if you have additional high-wattage appliances on the same circuit.