Your idea of perfect warm, cozy living rooms or dens always included fireplace mantels, but when you bought your otherwise ideal home, it did not include one. Fortunately, you have several options. Having a fireplace built is one, but doing so can be a time-consuming, messy and expensive undertaking. An electric fireplace is another alternative, and while purchasing one will not give you quite the same scents, sounds and sights as a traditional fireplace would, they do offer many advantages.
While traditional fireplaces have limits regarding where you can build one, you can place an electric fireplace almost anywhere even if you are not handy. While you can build some into a wall, others are portable, allowing you to set them up virtually anywhere. If you have always dreamed of having a fireplace in your bedroom, bathroom or any other room, this may be your best bet.
There is no need to chop wood or purchase expensive logs and fire starters if you have an electric fireplace. They operate solely on electricity, whether by plugging them into a standard outlet or hardwiring them inside of a wall. If you choose to hardwire your unit, be sure that you employ an experienced electrician to do the job for you, as your family’s safety is paramount.
On the topic of safety, when you install and use it properly, an electric fireplace can be a much safer option than a traditional wood burning or even a gas fireplace may be. You can hang stockings or set knickknacks on or near electric fireplace mantels without worry of sparks jumping from the flame and starting a fire. In addition, you can turn off the fireplace and go to bed without the worry of dangerous hot ashes that might still be burning. Finally, electric fireplaces do not present the hazard of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is a risk that people with gas or wood burning fireplaces must consider.
Although you cannot toast marshmallows on them or use them during a power outage, electric fireplaces might be just what you need if you are wishing for fireplaces mantels throughout your home.