Electric Fires: A Guide

Everything you need to know about electric fireplaces

With winter well and truly in full swing, your thoughts will have already turned to how best to heat up your house. From central heating to log burners and everything in between, there are a host of options when it comes to staying toasty at home.

Have you considered an electric fire? This handy guide focuses on some of the most-asked questions about electric fires. You could call them ‘burning’ questions, if you like (boom, boom!).

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What is an electric fire?

Simply speaking, an electric fire uses electricity to create warmth. They often have simulated flames for decorative purposes – and they can be a much cheaper (and more effective) way to heat your home.

Designed to replicate the appearance of a traditional wood-burning fire (without the need for a real fire, chimney, or ventilation), electric fires feature a coil or ceramic heating element, combined with LED lights to create realistic-looking ‘flames’.

How do you control an electric fire?

Electric fires are usually controlled by a remote or a control panel. Either of these allow you to adjust the heat output and flame appearance with ease.

What are the benefits of electric fires?

Adding visual appeal to any space, electric fires are convenient, energy-efficient and, unlike coal or wood-burning fires, they require minimal maintenance.

black glass curved electric fireplace wall mounted in cosy home

Are electric fires safe, too?

Designed with safety in mind, electric fires pose a lower risk of hazards, compared to heat sources with open flames. 

With other heat sources, the risk of sparks, embers or accidental burns tends to be higher; electric fires, meanwhile, could be considered safer, especially in homes with children and pets. That said, you should still exercise caution around electric fires (and inform children of the dangers of getting close). 

Are electric fires expensive to run?

Electric fires’ efficiency in converting electricity into heat is a key factor when it comes to affordability; a significant portion of the energy consumed is directly converted into warmth (with minimal heat loss). This means you’ll get the most out of the electricity you use, equalling cost savings for you.

Are electric fires easy to install?

Electric fires can be positioned in various locations within your home, including in houses without chimneys. They come in a range of styles and sizes, too; just select a style that complements your décor and you can look forward to a toasty warm winter.

Wall-mounted or freestanding electric fires; which one should I go for?

Decisions, decisions, eh? If you’re not sure whether to opt for a wall-mounted or freestanding electric fire, weigh up our range which incorporates both types. Head here for wall-mounted electric fires or browse our freestanding electric fires

Keen to add an electric fire to your home? Our clearance section includes a few models you might like, namely from the brand Innocent.

Have a question or two about our electric fires? Do not hesitate to get in touch with our team, who will be more than happy to answer them.