- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 31 Mar 2019
What are electric fires?
Electric fireplaces are similar to conventional coal, wood and natural gas fireplaces, except that they are plugged into the wall and require no fuel. This also means they are easy to clean, do not require a lot of maintenance, and do not emit fumes.
Electric fires were invented in 1912 but only became popular in the 1950s. They can be fitted with a ‘flame only’ setting, where they mimic the flame effects of a conventional fire. They can also be used as heaters and consume approximately 1.4 - 1.6 kW of energy, which can heat a 37 sq. m room.
Electric fireplaces generate heat through heated metal coils which use electricity. The heat spreads through the room by a fan. The heat is 100% efficient, as none of the heat is wasted; the fan pushes out 100% of the heat generated by the coils.
There are several different types of electric fires, such as:
Wall-mounted electric fires
Electric fires with fire baskets
Advantages of electric fires
- There is no need for chimneys or flues.
- Electric fires can be portable.
- There are no gas emissions.
- Electric fires are easy to clean and low maintenance (no ash or soot, for instance).
- There is no need to remodel the space where the fire will be installed.
- Electrical fires can be highly economical.
Disadvantages of electric fires
- They are not as realistic as fires with real flames.
- They do not generate as much heat as conventional fires.
- Due to them only being able to work with electricity, they can be less efficient than other fires.
--Real Flame 09:05, 27 Feb 2017 (BST)
Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Delivering an infrastructure revolution.
The admissibility of evidence.
How many can you name? 37 anyone?
CIOB respond to the points-based system.
When is the weather considered 'exceptionally adverse'?
ECA backs call for a rolling programme of rail electrification.
What does 'curtilage' mean and why does it matter?
Our duty to prevent harm and protect each other.
A quality perspective.
If buildings were people, they would be just starting to walk on two legs.
Air filtration and clean air standards.