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Does an electric fireplace have a real flame?

Last Updated: 11th May, 2020

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Electric fireplaces do not produce real flames, which is one of the many reasons homeowners enjoy them. That's because dealing with real open flames can be a hassle. Not only does fire generate harmful emissions, like carbon monoxide, it also leaves behind a messy pile of ash.

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Likewise, how does an electric fireplace flame work?

Electric fireplaces work by drawing in cool air, heating it internally using a heating coil and gently forcing the warmed air back out into the room by way of a fan. As a result, electric fireplaces can provide a flame without heat so that it can be enjoyed throughout the year.

One may also ask, are electric fireplaces tacky? A- Not anymore! When electric fireplaces were first released they were visibly cheap and had obviously fake flame effects. Modern electric fireplaces such as the Regency Skope series are specifically designed to suit any modern home and offer realistic 3-dimensional displays.

Subsequently, one may also ask, what is the most realistic electric fireplace flame?

Electric Fireplace with the Most Realistic Flame Effect: Dimplex Opti-Myst Pro. It's pricier than most other fireplace inserts, but the Opti-Myst Pro boasts super-realistic flame effects that other inserts cannot match. Your guests will think you have a real wood-burning fireplace in your living room.

How much will an electric fireplace raise my electric bill?

The average electric fireplace uses nearly 1500 watts of power. If you use it just for ambiance, then the cost can range anywhere from $0.003 to $0.03 per hour. However, if you use a heating unit as well, the costs will go up to around $0.09 per hour for a medium setting, and $0.18 per hour for the maximum setting.

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How real do electric fireplaces look?

Electric fireplaces that feature logs do a great job of simulating a real fire. The logs and embers built into our electric fireplaces are hand molded and hand painted. They produce impressive, realistic flames, a “smoke” effect, as well as a pulsating glowing ember effect.

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Are electric fireplaces worth it?

The electric fireplace is energy efficient and cost effective. There is no risk of losing the heat through the venting as the case with gas fireplaces. A gas fireplace can lose 20% to 30% of the heat through the venting decreasing the efficiency.

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Where should electric fireplaces be placed?

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Do you need to vent an electric fireplace?

Yes, once the fireplace is assembled, it is sturdy and safe to move. Electric fireplaces are unique in that they do not require venting (chimney). They may be installed or set near a outside or inside wall, upstairs or in a basement.

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Do electric fireplaces give off carbon monoxide?

Although electric fireplaces do not produce any carbon monoxide fumes, its best to turn your electric fireplace off when you leave the room for an extended period of time or plan on catching some zzz's. Hopefully you don't snore!

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Can you plug an electric fireplace into a surge protector?

Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.

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Does an electric fireplace add value to a home?

Both electric and gas fireplaces add instant value to your home, but an electric fireplace adds minimal value, while a gas fireplace adds much more value. Although it costs more to install a gas fireplace than an electric fireplace, you may be able to recoup up to 91% of that cost when you sell your home.

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What is the best electric fireplace on the market?

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Do electric fireplaces crackle?

Some electric fireplaces also use infrared technology to directly heat a room. As for those realistic-looking flames, a refractor reflects light from an LED bulb to create a realistic flicker and flame. Some electric fireplaces even have a device installed to emit a crackling fire sound.

Guram Dujardin

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What are the flames in an electric fireplace?

Light from a light bulb, often an LED, bounces off of a rotisserie-style silver refractor with three-dimensional patterns that create the illusion of a random flicker of flame. Some electric fireplaces even have a device which makes a crackling noise as the refractor spins, lending another level of realism to the fire.

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What is the best electric fireplace to buy?

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Do electric fireplaces make noise?

Gas fireplaces can be noisy, with built-in fans running at high blast. Normally, electric fireplaces run quietly, with the only major noise being the crackling of the "fire." However, due to malfunctions or simple wear and tear over the years, sometimes they may start making other, less ambient noises.

Adolf IgeƱo

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Are all electric fires noisy?

1. All electric fires use a radiant fan to push out hot air into the room. Essentially there can never be a 100% silent (noise free) fan motor, however higher quality electric fires do not emit extensive noise whilst the fan is on.

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What does Optiflame mean?

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Why is my electric fireplace not working?

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Mingliang Penkov

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How do fake flames work?

In most units, realistic flames are created by refracting light from a standard or LED bulb in random three-dimensional patterns, thus resulting in a "flickering" effect. Additional color matching technology may be employed to ensure the flames resemble the orange-yellow hues of a real fire.

Joakina Carpente

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What does e5 mean on my electric fireplace?

An E5 error code indicates that there is an issue with your fan or venting. If your fan is not coming on, then you have an issue with voltage or there is something that is not allowing the fan to spin freely. A common solution for this is to first unplug the water heater from its electrical supply.

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What does e3 mean on my electric fireplace?

Display shows “E3” Manual Reset overheat protection has triggered. Inspect the heater and check that the air inlets and outlets are not blocked as this may cause overheating.