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How to safely use an electric fireplace heater

Tips and tricks from the best electricians in walker, louisiana

Electric fireplaces are a much less expensive alternative to adding a wood-burning fireplace to your home.

These electric models provide a significant amount of heat for small spaces, reducing the need to use your home’s heater and saves you money on your electric bill.

Electric fireplaces are great alternative to way to save money on your monthly energy bill.  As a matter of fact, if you were to use your electric fireplace every day for a year, it would only cost you about $25.

Electric fireplaces can also help provide that cozy autumn feeling in your home for very little investment. Keep reading to learn more essential facts about electric fireplace heaters.

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So what is an electric fireplace exactly?

An electric fireplace, or a fireplace heater, is an electric heater that mimics the look of a fireplace.  They even have realistic-looking flames and aesthetically pleasing designs.

Although much sturdier than your average space heater, they still come with the same precautions.

Electric fireplaces work by drawing in the cool air in a room, heating the air using internal heating coils, and then forcing the warm air back out with a fan system.

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Electric Fireplace Safety Tips

The good news, is that electrical fireplace safety isn’t as complicated as it is with traditional fireplaces.

Electrical fireplace heaters are far sturdier than space heaters, making them less likely to knock over.

However, as with traditional space heaters, it’s important to obey the following electric fireplace safety guidelines:



Maintain a safe distance

Your electric fireplace heater should be kept clear of other objects such as blankets, electronics, furniture or toys.

Leave at least three feet of clear space in all directions and never place anything on top of your electric fireplace.

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Don't leave children or pets unattended

Accidents can happen quickly, especially with small kids or animals, so don’t leave either unattended when your electric fireplace is in use.

Don't Touch the surface

All of the surfaces of your electric fireplace can become extremely hot to the touch during use.

Your best bet is to not touch the fireplace at all when it’s in use.

Unplug the Unit When Not in Use

Just like any other heat-generating equipment, always unplug your electric fireplace heater when it’s not in use.

Don't Modify the Unit

Just like any electrical equipment, modifying an electric fireplace can be extremely dangerous.

Always consult the owner’s manual when problems come up.

If repairs or modifications are required, hire a qualified electrician to do the work.

Make Sure Your Electrical Systems are safe

Never plug your electric fireplace heater into an outlet you suspect is unsafe. Also, never use a cord or plug that is frayed or damaged.

If you’re unsure of the safety of your electric system, consider having us conduct an electrical safety inspection for you.

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