Built-in electric fireplace, how to choose

When dec­o­rat­ing the inte­ri­or in var­i­ous direc­tions, design­ers use built-in elec­tric fire­places, which allows not only to add a “zest” to the inte­ri­or, but also to cre­ate com­fort­able liv­ing con­di­tions. The great demand is due to the ver­sa­til­i­ty and prac­ti­cal­i­ty of elec­tri­cal appli­ances for heat­ing.


Types and features of built-in electric fireplaces

There are many mod­els on sale that dif­fer in char­ac­ter­is­tics, pow­er, design, coun­try of man­u­fac­ture and oth­er cri­te­ria, but there are two main types: fire­place com­plex­es and elec­tric hearths. In the first case, the device includes a por­tal and a hearth, and the sec­ond — a hearth, which is used both as an inde­pen­dent ele­ment and in com­bi­na­tion with a ready-made imi­ta­tion of a fire­place.

Electric fireplace for a large house

Sim­u­la­tion of fire can be played in dif­fer­ent ways, for exam­ple, burn­ing wood or smol­der­ing coal. There are designs on the mar­ket that dif­fer in the method of instal­la­tion: wall, cor­ner and floor. A dis­tinc­tive fea­ture of built-in elec­tric fire­places is the need for manda­to­ry fram­ing.

Device and installation technology

Regard­less of the con­fig­u­ra­tion and func­tion­al­i­ty, any built-in elec­tric fire­place con­sists of the fol­low­ing ele­ments:

  1. Por­tal — plays a dec­o­ra­tive role and is pre­sent­ed in the form of a hearth frame. Most man­u­fac­tur­ers pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive solu­tions, but you can make it your­self. When cre­at­ing a por­tal, var­i­ous build­ing mate­ri­als can be used: wood, brick, polyurethane or gyp­sum.
  2. The fire­box is the main heat­ing ele­ment, and the imi­ta­tion sys­tem is also locat­ed here. The design can have a stan­dard or unique look, where forged prod­ucts or doors will be present.

Impor­tant! Depend­ing on the required func­tion­al­i­ty, you can pur­chase built-in elec­tric fire­places with­out a heat­ing ele­ment, such devices are thin, which great­ly facil­i­tates instal­la­tion.

The best option for installation is an adjacent wall with a window

It is bet­ter to choose a place for instal­la­tion and orga­nize a spe­cial niche dur­ing the over­haul or redec­o­ra­tion of the premis­es at the design stage. This approach will pre­vent dam­age to the walls and floor­ing. Depend­ing on the mod­el, a niche with a depth of 7 to 30 cm may be required — it is bet­ter to start mak­ing a recess only after pur­chas­ing an elec­tri­cal appli­ance.

If you have a cer­tain expe­ri­ence and tools, all the work can be done inde­pen­dent­ly. If there is no skill, then to save ener­gy, mon­ey and time, it is bet­ter to imme­di­ate­ly seek help from pro­fes­sion­als.

Expert advice on choos­ing a place for mount­ing built-in elec­tric fire­places:

  • it is bet­ter to choose a wall where oth­er inte­ri­or items or a TV do not weigh and there is no win­dow;
  • it is not rec­om­mend­ed to install on an adja­cent wall with neigh­bors in an apart­ment build­ing;
  • the opti­mal loca­tion for instal­la­tion will be intra-apart­ment walls.

Impor­tant! Before installing, it is nec­es­sary to check the con­di­tion of the wiring and, if nec­es­sary, replace it, since when the device is con­nect­ed, there is a sig­nif­i­cant load on the net­work.

Main advantages and disadvantages

Electric fireplace in classic style

When con­sid­er­ing the char­ac­ter­is­tics of built-in elec­tric fire­places, the fol­low­ing advan­tages can be dis­tin­guished:

  1. Unlim­it­ed design pos­si­bil­i­ties. Man­u­fac­tur­ers offer con­sumers built-in elec­tric fire­places in dif­fer­ent designs, which allows you to cre­ate unique inte­ri­ors.
  2. It is not required to take per­mis­sion from the author­i­ties, it is worth not­ing the com­pact dimen­sions of the struc­ture.
  3. Instal­la­tion requires min­i­mal elec­tri­cal knowl­edge. Afford­able price for instal­la­tion work and equip­ment in gen­er­al, also does not need a chim­ney.
  4. Ease of main­te­nance. It is not required to clean the fur­nace and allo­cate a stor­age room for fuel stor­age, to start work, you only need to con­nect to the elec­tri­cal net­work.
  5. Oper­a­tional safe­ty. It is sim­ply impos­si­ble to get burned, since the screen does not heat up much, which is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for fam­i­lies with small chil­dren; car­bon monox­ide is not released dur­ing the burn­ing process and sparks do not “fly”.
  6. Func­tion­al­i­ty. As stan­dard, the fol­low­ing addi­tion­al fea­tures may be includ­ed:
  • adjust­ment of flame inten­si­ty and pow­er;
  • sound effect and auto­mat­ic shut­down when the set tem­per­a­ture is reached;
  • air fil­ters and light­ing.
  1. Prac­ti­cal­i­ty. The built-in elec­tric fire­place is both an inte­gral part of the inte­ri­or and per­forms the func­tions of space heat­ing (depend­ing on the pow­er, rooms up to 20 m² can be heat­ed).

Harmonious interior of the great hall

There are also two draw­backs:

  • when the heat­ing mode is turned on, the air is quick­ly burned; to cre­ate a favor­able micro­cli­mate for liv­ing, the premis­es must be peri­od­i­cal­ly ven­ti­lat­ed;
  • rel­a­tive­ly high ener­gy costs.

In con­clu­sion, it is safe to say that despite a few draw­backs, built-in elec­tric fire­places are an ide­al option for use both as a heater and for dec­o­ra­tive pur­pos­es.


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