Electric fireplaces are beginning to take the heating industry by storm but many consumers are left wondering how these units work and why they are so popular. This list is intended to answer some common misconceptions about electric fireplaces and how they work so that you can make an informed decision about your heating needs.


1. Electric fireplaces do not produce a real flame.

This first fact may seem like an obvious one, but it is often a common source of misconception for people looking to buy an electric fireplace. Electric fireplaces use fan forced heat to warm your home. Warm air is blown out of the unit into your living room without the actual danger of flames.


2. Electric fireplace inserts come in many shapes and sizes.

One of the most confusing aspects of the electric fireplace industry is the many different types of inserts that are available. The variety comes in three major categories, built-in, plug-in and log sets. Built-in units are designed to recess directly into a wall, while plug-in units slide into existing mantel cabinetry. Log sets consist of smaller units that are designed to replace wood or gas logs in an existing chimney.


3. Electric fireplaces can cut down on indoor air pollutants.

Did you know that burning wood and gas can lead to the emission of dangerous indoor air pollutants? In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency list wood and gas as some of the main sources for dangerous chemicals such as carbon monoxide. By switching to a zero emission electric fireplace you can improve your air quality and prevent your family and friends from being exposed.


4. Electric fireplaces are a great source of supplemental heat.

Zone heating is a strategy for warming your home that can save your household hundreds of dollars a year. The principle of zone heating revolves around the concept of lowering your central thermostat to a minimum temperature while you are spending time near a secondary source of supplemental heat, such as an electric fireplace or infrared heater. This way, you can stay comfortable without having to pay to heat extra space you're not using.


5. Electric fireplaces have come a long way in the last 10 years.

With advances in technology such as Dimplex's patented Opti-Myst display, the days of consumer mistrust are over. New technologies are producing realistic 3D flames that are guaranteed to fool your guests time and time again.


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