Electric Fireplace Insert Guide

Don’t heat efficiently

Conventional fireplaces draw hot air from inside your home to fuel the flames, and a significant part of the warmth that is created goes straightforwardly to the fireplace. When it involves heating costs, dollar for dollar,  a standard fireplace is the costliest option, while an electrical fireplace is the cheapest typically it only works at 7 to 13 cents an hour.

It may be too much work

Things like buying and storing firewood, removing soot and ash, chimney cleaning costs, etc., are going to have a traditional fire. When you don’t depend on it to heat your home, but simply use it to create ambiance or cozy atmosphere, it often seems too complicated for a single fire.

Create helpless air quality

While the vast majority appreciate the smoke and smell of a genuine fire, having one indoors leads to poorer air quality and can affect people with allergies or respiratory problems. Wood burning fireplaces also produce carbon dioxide and can also increase the humidity in a room.

Advantages of an electric fireplace insert

Advantages of an electric fireplace insert

1.Easy installation

2.Instant heat

Most electric fireplace inserts have 2 heat settings or a digital temperature system. Not only will it start heating your room instantly, but most models also allow you to run the flame screen without heat if you just want ambiance.

3.No cleaning or maintenance

No ash, no fumes or fumes, no maintenance. Just turn it on when you need it and turn it off when you don’t.

4.Safety

Electric fireplace inserts are safe to touch. That means pets and children can be around without the worry of getting burned. There is also no real flame, eliminating the possibility of embers escaping, fireplace fires, or house burning.

Realistic Electric Fireplace Screens

Electric fireplaces have come an extended way since they were first produced. They now feature a much more realistic fireplace screen, and many even come in multiple flame color options.

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The electric fireplace insert choosing for your home

Step One: determine dimensions

Hopefully, before purchasing your insert, you have measured the existing combustion chamber space you want to place it in. It is important to take accurate measurements of the height, width, and depth.

Compare these dimensions carefully with the insert dimensions. Ideally, you will want to choose an electric fireplace insert that has a height and width (including trim or faceplate) that most closely match the height and width of the opening you will place it in. As a general rule of thumb, it is better to go for an insert that has a face or plate slightly larger than the chimney opening rather than a smaller one. If your electric fireplace insert has dimensions smaller than the fireplace opening you are installing it in, you will have to find some way to cover that visible space.

You may also need to do a bit of work to center the insert in the fireplace, such as using the jack screws on the insert or even building a small platform for it to sit in if it is much shorter than the fireplace opening. In terms of depth, most electric fireplace inserts are between 8 and 10 inches deep. You will need to measure the depth of the fireplace that you will place it in to make sure there is enough space; otherwise, the insert will stick out and not flush with the wall.

Step Two: Choose the best electric fireplace insert for you

Having reduced the dimensions you need, now is the time to look for different insert makes and models that fit those dimensions. Things like budget, level of realism, heat production, etc. can influence your choice.

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Install the electrical insert inside the fireplace

Now that we’ve chosen the perfect fireplace insert, it’s time to install it. Follow the steps below.

Close and seal the damper

The chimney damper is the moving plate inside the masonry chimney box, located at the top. This is used in traditional fires: it opens the damper when a fire starts to allow smoke to rise and closes it when not in use to keep warm air in the house and avoid debris, rain, animals, or other things that can go down the chimney from the outside. Since you will never need this open with an electric fireplace insert, it is recommended that you close and seal it, minimizing any heat loss to the outside.

Put a cover plate on your fireplace

If your fireplace doesn’t have a rain cap yet, you’ll want to install a cover plate and secure it with silicone. This seals it from the outside and prevents rain from entering. Since we will be placing an electrical outlet in the fireplace, no water must enter.

Install an outlet inside the chimney opening

While you could technically run a cord from the insert to an outlet in the room, it is a much cleaner look if you install an outlet inside the fireplace itself. The good news is that all inserts plug directly into a standard household outlet, but we recommend hiring a certified electrician from tweed heads to do this part. It is also recommended to ensure that the outlet has its dedicated circuit or fuse, to avoid overloads and having to replace the fuse or reset the circuit breaker.

Install the electrical insert inside the fireplace

Place the insert into the chimney opening and make sure it is centered and level. You may need to adjust the leveling screws if they are available on your model, or place them on a platform if it is too short (discussed above). Some models also come with tie-downs or brackets for the back or sides of the unit to prevent it from tipping over. Plug it into your outlet and confirm it works before the ultimate step.

Attach the trim or frame

Time for the last step: placing the trim or frame. This completes the look of the fireplace by covering the gaps between the insert and the walls of the fireplace opening.

The look will vary depending on the fireplace, as trim can come in different colors and types of material.

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