More Answers to your Electric Fireplace Questions

In previous articles, we’ve addressed some of the most common questions about electric fireplaces and how to select the right model for your home. Today, we’re back with more common questions you may find yourself asking during the buying and installation processes. Without further ado, here are more answers to your electric fireplace questions.

Does an electric fireplace add value to a home?

Yes, and in more ways than one!
If you’re looking to enhance the ambiance of your living space in a dramatic way, it’s tough to beat the look of a fireplace. However, building or budget restrictions may not allow for a traditional wood or gas fireplace. An electric fireplace makes an excellent alternative in these scenarios.

An electric fireplace will cost less to operate than a gas fireplace. Additionally, a gas fireplace requires a much larger upfront cost than an electric unit due to the more involved installation requirements. While an electric fireplace may not increase the value of a property in the same way a gas fireplace can, a budget-conscious consumer can create a beautiful setting with a premium electric fireplace unit. This, in turn, can create a more desirable living space.

How much does it cost to install an electric fireplace?

As previously mentioned, one of the biggest benefits of choosing an electric fireplace over a wood or gas fireplace is the lower installation cost with fewer requirements. Typically, the largest cost associated with installation is the cost of the unit itself. However, every build is different and your costs may vary.

Additional costs may be incurred in the form of framing and finishing materials. Labor costs can also vary greatly depending on the needs of the installation as well as geographical location. However, with products like our wall-mount electric fireplaces, these costs are kept to a minimum—mounting a fireplace can be as simple as hanging a TV in many cases—which means most homeowners can take on the task themselves for significant cost savings.

Should an electric fireplace be installed on its own circuit?

Although an electric fireplace can be, for the most part, a “plug and play” experience, it’s important to not overlook little details which can greatly affect your experience. One of the most frequent questions we receive is, “Should an electric fireplace be installed on its own circuit?” To answer simply, yes, your electric fireplace should be installed on a dedicated circuit.

Electric fireplaces typically have a high amp draw due to the heaters built into most units. This high draw can trip a circuit breaker on shared circuits, so keep this in mind during your installation.

Can you put an electric fireplace under a TV?

In addition to whether or not to use a dedicated circuit, we’re often asked if electric fireplaces can be placed under televisions. In most installations, homeowners are looking to create an impressive focal point in their room by combining a large high definition TV and a beautiful fireplace, but is this a good idea? Fortunately, yes, fireplaces can be placed under TVs so long as manufacturer specifications are followed.

Every fireplace manufacturer will list the required clearances to keep in mind when installing a fireplace unit. These requirements must be followed. A fireplace mounted too close to a television—or combustible materials—is a recipe for trouble. At best, damage may occur to a television or surrounding materials. At worst, the installation could potentially be dangerous.

To learn more about the clearance requirements of your fireplace, consult your product manual. If you’re still shopping around, we include links to all product installation and owner’s manuals on each product page. You can find these in the “downloads” section near the bottom of each page.

We also recommend you browse our selection of premium electric fireplace TV stands. These products are great options if you’re looking to take some of the guesswork out of your buying process. While you’ll still want to consult your product manual for specific details, these purpose-built products are an easy way to overhaul the look of any room.

Still have questions?

We know there’s a lot to learn during the electric fireplace buying process. Give us a call at 888-977-6849 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time to speak to a product expert who can answer all your fireplace questions. You can also submit your question to us via our contact us page.

We’re looking forward to helping you build a space you can be proud of.

Product specialist Nathan J. contributed to this article.