Families spend a good deal of their time together in their living room, family room, or den. Much of that time is spent watching TV or DVDs, listening to music, playing video or board games, or just spending quality time together. With the family gathered together like this, the opportunity presents itself to better the ambiance of the common room while adding supplemental heating to lower energy costs. Electric fireplaces can be purchased as part of a combination unit with specially designed media cabinets. These units offer the family the ambiance of a real fireplace with the practical benefit of zone heating to lower energy costs.
Zone heating works by directly using heaters in the rooms that are most commonly occupied, so the thermostat for the rest of the house may be turned down. By utilizing a combination electric fireplace and media center, the family room stays warm while the rest of the house does not run up the energy bill. Portable and freestanding space heaters have been used to achieve this effect, but they come with drawbacks.
Today’s electric fireplaces are extremely realistic and include many of the traditional aspects of a wood burning hearth area including glowing embers, pulsating flames, working pull screens and glass doors. Dimplex created a great deal of the original technology and continues to provide extremely realistic flame and log effects within their fireplaces. The combinations of these fireboxes with furniture quality media cabinets have become very popular for use with today’s flat screen TVs and related components.
Easy Installation And Effective Zone Heating
Electric fireplaces require very little installation. There is no need for provisions for venting or a chimney as these units do not produce any type of emissions including carbon monoxide hazards. Each firebox is cool to the touch, is safe for children and pets as well as TV’s and components. These features allow these units to be seamlessly integrated into rooms without added space or expense dedicated to clearances and venting. Heat is safely distributed through quiet fan forced air. The surrounding media cabinet or mantel piece is safe to store TVs, stereo components, DVDs and other objects.
Electric fireplaces are also designed to be efficient zone heating units. They are capable of generating 4700 BTUs per hour to provide supplemental heat for rooms up to 20 foot by 20 foot. All of this generated heat can be run for a lower cost per unit than most central heating systems. It is cost effective to practice zone heating than trying to upgrade an aging central heating system; especially since today’s electric heaters are already at the forefront of energy efficiency.
Finally, these electric fireplace media units can be moved and rearranged just like any other piece of furniture in the home. They can go wherever there is an electrical outlet. The units are also engineered with fully functional remote controls and pre-drilled wire management channels. The heat source provided by these units delivers an effective supplemental zone heating for any room in the home.
Designed For Home Decor
The real engineering beauty comes from the thoughtful design and look of these heating units. Almost every decorating style is represented from traditional to contemporary. Homeowners can choose from a variety of finishes including black lacquer, warm wood tones, and distressed finishes. Media mantel packages are available in vertical entertainment units, open wall and corner models. Many include cabinet doors to hide components, DVDs etc.
The fireplace’s flame effect is where today’s technology really shines. A Dimplex electric fireplace simulates a wood fire with such precision, that most people will not notice the difference at first glance. The warm ambiance of a fireplace is achieved without the hazards and hassle of burning wood. Dimplex electric fireplaces utilize the latest in three dimensional image technologies to create an instant fireplace effect that can be easily placed in any room, apartment, condo, or home.
Other designs exist for achieving comfortable warmth. Electric log inserts can be placed in an existing fireplace or firebox and plugged into any outlet. Eliminate the mess and inefficiency of a gas or wood fire without sacrificing the aesthetic benefits of a fireplace. It also makes converting from inefficient heating types to electric heating very easy.
Media centers can often dominate a smaller room or apartment or even seem out of place in a formal dining room. By combining an electric fireplace with the piece of furniture, smaller floor plans will not appear so cramped, while the simulated flame will add a cozy, elegant touch to any room.
Zone heating technology continues to offer homeowners efficient supplemental heating options to help keep utility costs down. With the latest design engineering available, space can be utilized more efficiently by combining electric fireplaces with a media center.