Five things to consider when buying an electric fire
Fitting an electric fire in your home can provide instant comfort and warmth on cold or dull days, as well as enabling you to create a relaxing ambiance year-round with its realistic flame effect. But with such a wide range of choices available, how do you know which fire is right for you? This handy guide will help you ensure you get the fire that is the perfect fit for your home, your taste and your budget.
Electric fires come in all manner of shapes and sizes, but the good news is that these can be grouped into six main categories or styles. Which style is right for you will depend on your personal preference, the space you have available and your décor.
2. Flame technology
There are multiple electric flame technologies available, and your choice of fire should take into account both the effect you would like to achieve and your budget. You can decide on a stunning, three-dimensional flame effect like our own Optimyst, which uses water mist and coloured lighting to create the illusion of realistic smoke and flames, or our premium Opti-V that utilises an LCD screen and a sound element for a fully rounded fire experience. The new Optiflame 3D effect adds depth and customisation to the flickering flames, building on our original Optiflame effect, which is a more cost-effective option.
4. Heating requirements
Electric fires will generally come with a heat output ranging from a minimum of 600W to a maximum of 2kW. The higher the wattage, the faster the fire can heat the room. For added efficiency, many electric fires let you select full or half power and also feature thermostatic controls, meaning the fire will only produce heat when the temperature in the room drops below a set level.
The great thing about choosing an electric fire is that you can often use the flame effect without using the heating element – this allows you to enjoy the comforting ambiance of your fire whatever the weather or time of year.
If you want to have the ambience of a flickering fire but have your home heating under control, there are even a few electric fires that do not have a heating function at all. Please ensure you fully read the specification for the fire of your choice.
5. Extra features
The final thing to consider is whether you want your fire to include any extra features. For example, if you want to adjust your fire from the comfort of your sofa, a remote control would be perfect. Some fires, such as our Opti-V range, incorporate a sound element, allowing you to enjoy the relaxing sounds of crackling logs as well as the flickering firelight. Likewise, look out for accessories that may be available such as hearth pads or stove pipes for added authenticity.
So there are many options to choose from, and many things to take into account when you are choosing which electric fire you are going to install in your home. But whatever your tastes and however large or small your budget, the on-demand comfort of an electric fire is within your reach, so take some time to explore our products and see how Dimplex can help you make your house a home.