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Electric fireplaces are the easier, maintenance friendly alternative
to the traditional wood-burning, gas and propane fireplaces. They
make it possible for people to enjoy a fireplace within an
apartment, condo or office building. Also, the environment enjoys
electric fireplaces because they are pollution free, yet they look
very similar to wood or gas fireplaces.
Electric fireplaces provide fast heat and can be turned off at night
to save electricity. Installation is very easy and they can be
placed almost anywhere where there is a plug and a wall. Many models
are available ranging from old fashion stove designs to modern
sleekness. Generally, electric models cost anywhere from $500
dollars to $1500.
Most all electric fireplace models grant the owner with the option
of selecting flame only, heat only, or heat-and-flame combinations.
Recent advances in technology have resulted in amazingly realistic
flame simulation. It is often difficult to distinguish the
difference between an electric flame and that from a traditional
wood burning or gas fireplace.
Several unique features are limited to the electric fireplace. You
can choose whether or not you want your electric fireplace to be
permanent or not. Also, custom designs allow homeowners to combine
fireboxes with cabinets of their choosing. You can select from many
fancy finishes, marble and other options. In addition, they can be
operated from mantle-mounted controls or by remote.