So, how much electricity does an electric fireplace use? Well, let’s find out below. In today’s world with growing costs in oil and the noticeable effects of burning woodfire heaters, the humble electric heater is becoming the heat source of choice for many with an eye on their pocket and the environment.
Electric fireplaces are clean and green. They provide a beautiful focal point for a room, adding warmth both physically and visually. Often you can find yourself being drawn to the fire as much as a television set.
When the lights are off the electric fire element is so realistic it adds a soft, glow to the room that is both romantic and comforting.
How Much Electricity Does An Electric Fireplace Use?
An electric fire doesn’t take up much space, make no mess and are easy to maintain. Normally when it comes to power consumption, an ordinary electric fireplace uses about 1500 watts of power.
There is something about a fireplace that seems to warm a room more than just an oil heater or exhaust heater can. I know its probably just my imagination but I feel warmer with the electric fireplace glowing and flickering than I do with a heater simply blowing hot air.
How Much Heat Does An Electric Fireplace Produce?
Well, the SI unit for heat is BTU, this is the unit in which heat is measured and an ordinary electric fireplace usually puts out the heat of about 5000 BTU’s, this amount is like enough to heat up a small apartment like an office, bedroom or sitting room. Other electric fireplaces do produce more heat than an average one of up to 10000 BTU’s now what you have to understand is that the more the heat it produces the more the consumption, resulting in a higher electricity bill. For an average electric fireplace, one would usually pay around 50$ to $80 per month as the electricity bill.
Types Of Electric Fireplace
There are a number of general types of electric fireplace installations and it helps to be familiar with them all so you can make the best decision for your home. All use mains power and simply plug into a power point.
Electric Fireplace Stove
An electric fireplace stove is a freestanding fireplace heater that can either stand against the wall, in a corner or be portable so can move around to different locations.
Made to emulate smaller stove heaters found in old houses an electric fireplace stove is a handy option for smaller spaces where you after both heat and the atmosphere that a fireplace can give.
An electric fireplace stove is a great option for homes where there is no pre-existing alcove for a fire or when a more portable option is needed.
The stove can be stored during warmer months if required.
Wall Mounted Fireplace
A Wall Mounted Fireplace is a shallow heating device that sits on the wall and has a window on the front that gives the impression of a real fireplace in the wall.
The average wall mounted electric fireplace is only 8 inches deep so sits on the wall without protruding out any great distance.
A wall mounted fireplace has the advantage of not taking up any floor space and can be installed just about anywhere while adding heat and atmosphere to a modern room.
Electric Fireplace Mantel
An Electric Fireplace Mantel sits up against a wall and comes with an outer mantel facade so it looks just like a traditional fireplace you and your family would place decorations and keepsakes on top of and even hang Christmas stockings on.
The fireplace unit consists of an outer decorative facade and the inner workings of the heater as well as a decorative fire element, designed to look and feel like a real fireplace, without all the fuss.
The outer facade could be a simple metal construction or an elaborate wooden or stone mantel, depending on your tastes and budget.
An Electric Fireplace Mantel is a great way to add ambiance and warmth to a medium-large sized room.
Electric Fireplace Insert
An Electric Fireplace Insert is a unit made to look like logs that literally inserts into an alcove in the wall.
This alcove could be a either be a pre-existing fireplace in an old house that you don’t’ want to use to burn wood in, or in more modern houses, a specially designed area that will fit an electric fireplace insert.
The realistic looking logs and flames will add warmth and ambiance to your room without needing an external vent of any sort.
What To Look For in Buying an Electric Fireplace
After looking around I soon realized that not all electric fireplaces are created equal.
Some are huge energy wasters and don’t have the range of options I wanted to make sure I would get the most out of my heater. Others are so noisy that it seems to defeat the purpose of having a beautiful ambient glow while at the same time having to listen to the loud whirring noise of the fan.
Sometimes in cheaper electric fireplaces, the “fire effect” is really lame and looks like it is made out of play-doh (no really!).
You want something that looks, feels and sounds authentic to make you comfortable with your purchase. So even you don’t even realize you are looking at “fake-fire”.