Electric fireplaces come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Some are more contemporary and hang on a wall, while others sit on the floor and require a surround or mantle to properly finish the unit. Popular options such as the colours of glass or types of rocks for the “burner tray” allow electric fireplaces to be customized to better fit with your decor or personal preferences.
Electric fireplaces can be a good alternative for a home or room which only requires supplemental heating but where it is not possible or economical to vent a gas or wood unit. A majority of the electric units require little to no secondary construction and come fully operational straight from the manufacturer. Many times someone who is renting a home and is not able to engage in adaptations or structural changes to the living space can still enjoy the heat and ambiance of a fireplace but without changing any of the original integrity of that home. Installation can typically be completed by the homeowner offering the opportunity to save money on any installation work. Electric fireplaces often have very little (sometimes zero) clearances to combustible materials, so there is a wider range of opportunities to add an electric fireplace to a room which has limited space by utilizing any inside wall, vent free!