The weather outside might be frightful, but gather around and get delightfully cozy by the fire this winter with an electric fireplace! While wood burning fireplaces smell good, sometimes we just don’t have the time to maintain them. If your home doesn’t feature a vent or chimney, have no fear! With an electric fireplace you don’t need burning logs or smoke ventilation to the outdoors. Electric fireplaces will cut down on dirt and debris and only need a light cleaning to remove dust, ensuring that you have the luxury of a cozy fire without all the work involved. Furniture Row features a wide variety of electric fireplaces to suit your personal tastes and incoming hot trends, so add some more warmth and take home your very own hearth! Check out these helpful tips on how to take care of your electric fireplace.
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Play it safe with electricity.
Since this fireplace runs on electricity, make sure you practice the same caution with it as you would with any other electronic device. Here are some electricity tips for your fireplace:
- Most electric fireplaces require light bulbs that need to be replaced at least every two years or so.
- Electric fireplaces should be plugged directly into a standard three-prong grounded to earth 120-volt outlet.
- Since most electric fireplace cords are not very long, you may need to use an extension cord, but it is not recommended unless it’s short and heavy-duty at no less than 1875 watts.
- Make sure you never plug other electrical items into the same wall outlet as the fireplace. This may cause a circuit breaker trip.
- Always unplug when not in use!
- Never use a bad outlet or a damaged cord. Make sure all electrical sources are running efficiently and in prime condition before plugging in your fireplace.
- Water and electricity don’t mix in certain cases. Keep your electric fireplace out of bathrooms, outdoor areas, laundry rooms, or other spaces where there is water unless stated by the manufacturer that is it safe to do so.
Keep it clean.
Although you don’t have to clean out soot or stoke the burning embers, your electric fireplace will still need a proper wash every now and then.
- Unplug the fireplace before you clean it!
- For general cleaning, simply use a soft clean duster. DO NOT use glass cleaners as they contain chemicals that are highly flammable. Warm water with soap is ideal.
- To remove any dust from the logs, the soft brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner can be used to clean the grill.
- Do not use furniture polishes or oils.
Maintain fire safety protocol.
Lastly, make sure you prevent a house fire with regular fire safety procedures! Although your fireplace is electric, accidents do still happen, so make sure your home is safe with these simple steps:
- Keep a fire extinguisher at the ready, but be sure to buy the right type. Electrical fire extinguishers are different than wood fire extinguishers, so read the label carefully before you buy!
- Never burn paper or anything else flammable inside the firebox.
- Keep the air intake or exhaust opening from blockage. Air must move freely at all times.
- Never store flammable materials near the fireplace such as lighter fluid or paint.
- Do not have curtains, throw rugs, furniture, or bedding close to fireplace and keep them at a safe distance at least three feet away.
- The electrical cord or cable should also never be run under a carpet, throw rug, runner, furniture, or any appliances.
Winter is coming, so stay warm and safe this season with your very own electric fireplace. This is a furnishing you won’t want to miss out on. Happy hearth hunting!