There’s nothing quite like sitting in front of a fireplace watching the flickering flames and crackling wood. Once a necessity in every home, fireplaces are now used to create a sense of ambiance in a room.
Having a fireplace in the family room or living room is a desirable amenity for many homebuyers due to its beautiful aesthetic and functionality. For homeowners, having a fireplace can be a wise investment, if there is not one already, as they often recoup 100% of their investment cost and help raise a home’s overall value.
Use of Fireplaces in American Households
While many people wish they had a fireplace in their home, fewer new homes in the US are including this feature. Those homes that do feature fireplaces have been transitioning from traditional wood fireplaces to gas fireplaces to help reduce both the risk and maintenance associated with wood-burning fireplaces. This trend is being fueled by many building restrictions banning the construction of new wood-burning fireplaces due to the toxicity of smoke and other gasses created by this traditional style of fireplace. However, this is also sparking a new trend towards electric fireplaces that has been growing over the last several years.
This new trend is helping keep fireplaces in American households. Despite changes in building regulations and a push by consumers for better efficiency, many family rooms continue to include electric fireplaces like LoctekMotion’s EFS102 series as a focal point.
Why Use Electric Fireplaces
Even if your home is not suited for a traditional wood or gas fireplace, you can still enjoy its benefits with an electric fireplace. With modern technology, electric fireplaces are more realistic than ever before. Not only does it look like there is a fire actually burning, but many electric fireplaces emanate heat just as a traditional wood-burning fireplace would, making it a viable alternative.
Benefits of Electric Fireplaces
When it comes to electric fireplaces there are many benefits that make them superior to traditional wood-burning and gas options. Perhaps the number one benefit is that it is simply a safer option than others.
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) states that approximately 32% of all heating-equipment involved home fires are caused by fireplaces or chimneys. Additionally, 2 out of 5 of these fires are caused by fireplaces that require a solid fuel such as wood. While traditional fireplaces are susceptible to fires due to creosote buildup, chimney failure, improper maintenance, etc., electric fireplaces do not have such issues. There is still some level of risk associated with electric fireplaces that offer a heat option, but this is still far lower than traditional fireplaces, especially given that many feature a built-in automatic shut-off option.
Electric fireplaces are affordable both to install and to operate. Installing a traditional fireplace can easily set you back thousands of dollars. However, an electric fireplace costs a mere fraction of this. When it comes to operation, there are cost savings associated with not having to budget for chimney cleaning or firewood. You can also experience cost savings in your overall energy bill by using your electric fireplace to heat the room you’re sitting in while keeping your home’s overall heating system at a lower temperature.
Easy to Install and Use
Unlike traditional fireplaces that typically require a contractor, electric fireplaces are super easy to install. With most models, you simply have to pull it out of the box, plug it in, and you are good to go. For instance, LoctekMotion’s EFS102 series simply requires plugging the fireplace into an electric source. Then all you have to do is attach your TV to the lifting column and you can begin to enjoy.
No Chimney or Fumes
Electric fireplaces do not require a chimney. This makes it a great option for those that live in an apartment or home where installing a chimney simply isn’t possible. Even if your home could have a chimney, it can be a pain to get it cleaned regularly (which you have to do to prevent fires). Electric fireplaces save you from that headache. They also save you from the toxic fumes and smoke that can be generated with traditional fireplaces. This is because the heat source is different, using metal coils to generate heat as opposed to solid fuel or gas.
Traditional wood-burning fireplaces require regular maintenance to prevent fires and to keep your home from filling with fumes and smoke. Because electric fireplaces produce heat cleanly there is virtually zero clean up and less overall maintenance. This means you can use your fireplace whenever you want without having to wait on the chimney sweeper.
It should also be noted that electric fireplaces come in many different styles that fit into any space. Whether you are looking for the traditional stone look with a mantle, or a more industrial entertainment center look, electric fireplaces can provide a realistic flame to give your room the desired ambiance that comes with traditional fireplaces.
Why Use a Electric Fireplace with a Lifting Column?
When it comes to designing a family room there are usually two main focal points– a fireplace and a TV– and many homeowners want both. Because of this many people like to group them together when designing their space. One of the most common ways to do this is to put the TV above the electric fireplace. While this is aesthetically pleasing, it doesn’t necessarily make a pleasant viewing experience. Oftentimes when a TV is installed above a fireplace the screen is too high for most viewers, resulting in poor posture and pain in the neck. This problem is easily resolved with the lifting column in the EFS102 series and its Bluetooth remote controls system.
The lifting column allows viewers to adjust the TV to the height that is most comfortable for them. So whether you are watching with a group of friends or simply laying on the sofa binging your favorite show, you can have the TV at the height that makes you the most comfortable. It’s also important to note that the EFS102 series also comes with an anti collision system to prevent any incidents during movement.
A Touch of Functional Nostalgia
Electric fireplaces help you get that special ambiance in a safer, more efficient way. Loctek makes it easy by combining the two main focal points of any room with their superior lifting column technology. The weathered walnut finish on the EFS102 series is the perfect combination of industrial and nostalgia that can transform any space. Contact our sales team today to help your customers finally get the living space they’ve always dreamed of with LoctekMotion’s electric fireplaces.