When you’re looking for a new electric fire, you’ll probably find there’s more choice on the market than you realise. Electric fires come in all shapes and sizes, and wall mounted electric fires have further increased the scope of what you can achieve with your interior home decor. So let’s have a look at the different types of electric fires, and how to tell the difference between them.
Basically, you can sort electric fires broadly into four types. These are the basic floor-standing electric fire, the wall-mounted electric fire, the electric fireplace mantel, and the electric fireplace insert.
Wall-mounted fires either hang on metal brackets on the surface of the wall with fairly simple fittings and everything you need probably included in the package it came with. You’re likely to be able to fit this yourself, although it’s always worth getting the input of a professional if you’re not used to doing this kind of job.
The electric fire mantel comes in two parts. There’s the firebox, and then the mantel itself. The firebox will provide the flame effect, which is likely to be surprisingly realistic these days. The mantel can come in a wide variety of styles and finishes and will blend the fire in with your room design, perhaps by offering a place for a handy shelf above, as with a traditional fireplace.
Finally, electric fire inserts, which just fit snugly into an existing fireplace, whether it’s steel or brick. You plug it in and switch it on, and it’s as simple as that.
With all types of electric fire, depending on which model you choose, you should be able to switch between a few different effects, and even have the option to have the visual features without the expense of heat that you don’t need. That’s perfect for a spring morning when the glow of the embers is enough as a backdrop to a sociable coffee morning, without the need of the heat.
The great thing about a wall mounted electric fire is that it frees the floor space so that you can have more flexibility and room to move around. On the other hand, another good thing about electric fires is the fact you can move the floor standing unit around, even to another room or location if you like, and store it in between times as required.
If you’re hoping to find an electric fire that suits your living space, you should have a good look at the appliances we offer. There, you’ll find a wide range of styles and designs, whether you’re looking for something traditional and formal, contemporary and minimalist, or something that would be at home in a snug country cottage. You can get creative and style your electric fireplace with accessories and finishes to mix and match. And you’ll enjoy the cost-efficiency of a fuel source that is easy to switch off the moment heat is no longer required. That makes it much better for the budget and the environment.
If you’re interested in replacing your existing heat source or adding a new feature to your room, electric fires are worth a second look.