A wall mounted electric fire could be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re remodelling or sourcing the right energy solution for your new home. But you need to consider the pros and cons before you take the plunge. Here are our top 5 pointers to help you.

The first three things you’ll need consider are all about construction. A wall mounted electric fire can literally be placed on the surface of the wall, if that’s best for your room. But not everyone wants that look. You might prefer your fire to be set back a bit, by cutting into the wall and making the most of the depth of an existing chimney breast. The third possibility is that you might decide to build out a little, to create a false wall in an alcove or other space, then set the new fireplace back on that wall. Take advice from a friendly builder if you’re wondering what’s feasible for your home, and don’t just go for the easy option. The striking look of an inset electric fireplace could transform your room.

Just a couple of other questions you’ll want to ask yourself. One is whether you want an electric fireplace that emits heat or not, and if so, whether that heat will come from the top or the bottom of the unit. A wall mounted electric fire that doesn’t produce heat from itself might sound strange, but some models offer the visual effect with the heat produced elsewhere, which means that you can choose to have the flame effect without the heat sometimes, or the heat without the visual effect. Others models blow out heat in different directions. How do you choose?

One of the relevant issues is where your TV is going to go. And not just the TV of course. The seating and coffee table and a lot of the furniture in your room will be affected by the placement of your wall mounted electric fire. But if you’re intending to fit your television above the fire, you’ll want to ensure the fireplace isn’t going to overheat your TV, causing further problems down the line. Choose the right model, and both the television and the electric fire can be wall mounted, one above the other. You’ll end up with a vibrant feature wall that gives you the best of both worlds.

In most living spaces, the question of what kind of fire to have and where to place it is straightforward. But if you’re in any doubt, chat with a professional. The look and feel of your wall mounted electric fire can make or break the ambience in your home. Get it right, and you’ll have the comfort and style of a show home, with all the cost-efficiency and warmth you're looking for.