Electric Fireplace: How To?

How to Start an Electric Fireplace?


Starting an electric fireplace is done one of three ways. All are super simple! The fireplace can be operated by a touch panel or switch, usually located on the top or side of the unit. One tab will turn it on/off and other buttons will turn the heat on/off and adjust the liveliness of the flames.

Another way to start your electric fireplace is with a remote control. Make sure there’s fresh batteries in the remote and the power to the fireplace is on. Most fireplaces will require the main power switch be in a certain position when using a remote.

The remote will control: the unit being turned on/off, the heater being turn on/off and high/low, the temperature function and can adjust the lighting effects on the equipment.

Remotes usually use a line of site to operate, so it’s important to make sure you point the remote to the center of the fireplace each time you press the button. You’ll hear a beep and there may be a slight delay for the receiver to respond to the transmitter.

The third way to start your electric fireplace is with a wall thermostat. This operates the same way the thermostat for your furnace works. Wiring is run from the back of the fireplace to the thermostat in the wall. Simply set the desired temperature and when the thermostat starts calling for heat, the fireplace cycles on. When the thermostat is satisfied, it turns the heat off.

Of these three ways to start an electric fireplace, the remote control option is certainly the most popular.

3D rendering of cozy living room on cold winter night in the mountains, evening interior of chalet decorated with candles, fireplace fills the room with warmth.

Electric Fireplace by Ambiance


Anytime and/or all the time is the answer to this question! That’s because leaving the flame and lighting effects on for several hours a day, costs just pennies! Much has been said about the spectacular effects of today’s electric fireplaces, so why not enjoy them every day? The colors, media options and the inexpensive costs to enjoy the light show are reasons enough to keep your fireplace on all the time!

If you’re looking for ambiance and atmosphere, the fireplace can be on day and night. Use the heating feature on the fireplace only when you’re looking for supplemental heat for a brief period of time. Continuous electric heating can be quite expensive.


Leaving an electric fireplace on all the time is not going to cause any damage to the equipment. However, with the heating element on, the damage is going to be felt in the balance of your checking account! Unless your home is specifically designed for electric heat, heating with electricity is an expensive way to go. If you’re looking for heat from your electric fireplace, it’s best to think of it as supplemental heat, not your main heat source.

Some folks use electric fireplaces as subdued, night lighting that’s left on overnight for the kids or elderly. Others use the fire and ice effects as a subliminal cooling effect in the summertime! Many consider an electric fireplace as “moving wall art”! We’re guessing that anyone who operates the remote will have their favorite colors and effects! The flames and light show on your electric fireplace cost pennies a day. So, keep it turned on and enjoy it!


Electric fireplace equipment does not need a lot of regular routine maintenance. Keeping the batteries fresh in the remote probably tops the list. Most require AAA’s.

Cleaning the kids’ fingerprints from the glass can be done with a common household glass cleaner using a non-abrasive cloth. Let the glass thoroughly cool before cleaning.

And, if you have dogs or cats in the house, make sure the fireplace is kept free of pet hair and dust bunnies. Use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to gently remove any dirt, dust, lint or other debris from the vent openings and control areas of the fireplace.

The Best Electric Fireplace Decor Ideas for 2023

Going into 2023, you might be considering new ways to elevate your decor in a unique and contemporary way, or maybe you’re simply looking for a new home project to lose yourself in. One thing is certain, we here at WE LOVE FIRE® love everything that has to do with helping you make your home become an environment that makes you feel relaxed and inspired. And what is more relaxing or inspiring than an electric fireplace? When it comes to adding elegance to any room in the house, we don’t think anything can beat this modern insert.

With this helpful guide, we’ll give you the best electric fireplace ideas to create a decor you will never want to take your eyes off.

According to Wayne Visbeen & Napoleon, a Hot Spot is a place in your home where relaxation, socialization, and functionality come together to create emotional attachments, shape attitudes, and with the right amenities, increase the appeal of your home. Here at WE LOVE FIRE®, we believe that with the electric fireplace, you too can achieve a Hot Spot that will help your family to connect on a deeper level in your home.

In fact, electric fireplaces are the chameleon of interior home decor. That is to say that there are many different models and styles that can fit seamlessly into any room of the house. Depending on where you decide to have it installed, an electric fireplace brings a distinctive ambiance. On one hand, a fireplace is known to look riveting in its natural habitat; the living room. The immediate feeling of warmth and cheer makes it a central element for family gatherings or simply for unwinding after a too-long day of work.

On the other hand, some electric fireplaces are riveting works of modern art, rea

dy to completely turn the vibe of your home into one that can only be found at the most sumptuous art galleries. In the bathroom, for example, a large clawfoot tub can be set before your electric fireplace for a soothing atmosphere. Or, in the dining room, set your electric fireplace to the no-heat mode and let only the appearance of flames release a sizzling and energetic mood that will keep the conversation flowing throughout the evening.

While electric fireplaces lack the crackle and pop of firewood and the smell of burning logs, they have the benefit of being able to revitalize any space and with the appropriate supporting style, you can still enliven your every sense. As surrounding decor, a thick, lush rug and a set of fragrant candles can be placed in the vicinity of your electric fireplace in almost any room.

For example, in the master bedroom, install an electric fireplace on the bed headboard to add a romantic flair. On the other hand, an electric fireplace in your teenager’s bedroom will give it a dramatic look to fit their current style.

Take your basement bar and game room to another level with an electric fireplace and capture the warmth and feeling of your favorite pub.

The Best Electric Fireplace Decor Ideas for 2023 – Electric Fireplace Stylus Cara by Napoleon
Electric Fireplace Stylus Cara by Napoleon
Fret not, for electric fireplaces stay cool to the touch, as they have top-of-the-line heating fan outlets that prevent the surrounding areas from getting any heat, making them a safe option for your family home. This means that you do not have to worry about the little one’s fascination with fire and can place a large-screen TV right over the display of fire and enjoy the combination of warmth and entertainment at your fingertips.

Some models of electric fireplaces are even built into a TV stand for the addition of functionality and storage to its natural splendor. As a bonus, most models of electric fireplaces have LED light options to set the flame display to the color combination best suited to your mood. While electric fireplace

s do not produce real flames, they give the impression of reality. Use it to set the tone of the film you’re about to watch or to impress your party guests when you’re hosting a lavish dinner.

The heating fan outlet also means that the decor you choose to place around the fireplace will never be damaged by heat exposure or pollutants. Consider placing a wooden mantel over your fireplace for a rustic touch to your space. It has the additional purpose of being an eye-catcher when properly decorated, giving a natural flow to the room it is in.

You can easily find items around your home to add to your mantel for a more personalized look, or even go on a walk to collect nature’s bounty and bring the outside i

nto your environment. You can also take a trip to your local thrift or antique store for unique and eco-friendly treasures to liven up your space.

Looking for some more mantel inspiration? For a complete handbook on how to decorate your dream fireplace mantel, head to We Love Fire’s Decorating Your Mantel – The Complete 2022 Guide.

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