Free-Standing Electric Fireplace

Technology seems to move at the speed of light in nearly every market sector, including the electric fireplace segment. A product featuring new technology is released one day and is replaced by a newer version within a few months or a year. Consumers who want the most attractive and energy efficient fireplaces powered by electricity should keep up with the trends. They can get the hottest new models as soon as these hit the market.

LED lighting has replaced traditional incandescent light bulbs in flame technology. LED flames deliver a realistic look while reducing energy consumption. Some models like the Aurora wall unit feature a second layer of flame patterns and an attractive multi-colored fire bed. This fireplace plugs into the wall and the lights alternate between blue, yellow, and red. The LED bulbs are eco-friendly, able to burn 24 hours per day for ten years before requiring replacement. The 5,000 BTU heater is energy efficient, providing low cost operation.

The Ambiance CLX line incorporates all the latest technology including LED flames and touch screen controls, though these are not truly free-standing because they must be mounted on something. Customization options allow users to take electric fireplace operation to the next level. These modern units come in sizes ranging to 100 inches wide, turning any room into the home into a conversation piece. Heat and flame levels are adjusted with the included remote control and the flame can be operated without heat, if desired.

Dimplex Optimyst fireplaces are truly amazing because the smoke and flame seem real. The patented technology created a three-dimensional flame that when combined with the shimmering ember bed and glowing logs is the most realistic illusion on the market. Customers are not forced to select a modern style fireplace if they want this technology. The Renwick model features a traditional mantel featuring a burnished walnut finish. A handcrafted look is delivered by the raised panels and bead molding on the header and pilasters.

Simplifyre from Heat & Glo offers realistic flame technology without the mess of a real fireplace. The firebox comes in either a 26 or 35-inch size and is combined with a custom surround. Consumers can design their own unit with an attractive mantel of their choice. Customization options include fronts or operable doors in an assortment of colors and traditional and modern wall or corner mantel styles.

An existing electric fireplace can be modernized with a sound system. Kracklebox and Fire Crackler are tow popular units that can be installed on an existing freestanding fireplace. Though they are small and lightweight, they manage to deliver all the popping and crackling sounds of a real fire. Manual volume settings make it easy to get a realistic fireplace sound.