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FAQ | Electric Fireplaces

Q.  Is an electric fireplace the right environmental choice?

A.  An electric fireplace is the ONLY environmentally friendly choice.  Every other fireplace that uses gas or wood must be burning a serious amount of fuel to create the fireplace ambiance.  An electric fireplace gives you a choice.  Use it with or without heat at anytime of the year!

Q. I have an existing fireplace. Can I put an electric insert into it?

A. Yes, you can, but not any insert.  Some inserts designs look like a set of logs on a fire grate and are designed first and foremost to 'slide' into an existing fireplace. The hot air outlet (if equipped with a heater) is designed to blow out hot air from the front of the 'insert' out into the room.  Before installing a firebox-styled 'insert' into a tightly constricted recessed opening, insure that there is ample clearance around both the cold air return as well as the hot air outlet of the appliance (if equipped with a heater.) Some heat-capable inserts have the cold air return on the actual top of the firebox and the hot air outlet on the actual bottom of the firebox.  An insert designed for use inside an existing fireplace typically has a cold air return and, more importantly, the hot air outlet on the front of the unit (not the top or bottom.) If you constrict the flow of air to the cold air return, or restrict the flow of hot air, the unit could overheat and create a dangerous situation including a fire hazard.   Nearly all owners' manuals will provide clearance information that is required to be followed for their product.

Q. What is the energy efficiency of an electric fireplace?

A. 100%.  All the energy supplied from your power point to our heater is converted to heat gained by your room.  There is no wasted energy lost in a flue or chimney.

Q. Do I need any fuel for an Electric Fireplace?

A.  No.  Simply plug the appliance into a standard electric outlet and it's ready to use.

Q. Is an electric fireplace a healthy choice and are there any indoor air quality problems?

A. The electric fireplace is the safest and cleanest choice for you and your family.  It emits no pollutants.  The heaters simply circulate and heat the air in your room.  There is no risk of gas leaks or carbon monoxide and no mold that can be caused by condensation, a problem often found with other forms of heating.

Q. Do I need to replace light bulbs?

A.  You never have to change a light bulb with a LED unit (All Celsi units use LED lights).  Units with conventional incandescent lights will require replacement every so often.

Q. Is one brand better than other brands?

A. All of the electric fireplace products sold by DesignTheSpace are manufactured by quality-minded companies with good reputations.  Each brand has some unique features.  The Celsi electric fireplaces uses some of the latest technology with patents applied for in many countries around the world.  Nothing else compares to the stunning visual impact you experience when relaxing in front of a Celsi fireplace.  Think "realism," since the Celsi units display a true images of a real fires (not lights and mirrors)!  LED technology uses less energy and lasts much longer than incandescent light bulbs, and with few moving parts, there is less chance for mechanical failures as well as silent operation.  Units equipped with LED "flames" use less energy, with lower lifetime operating costs, and less hassle since there are not "light bulbs" to replace. Units with light bulbs may be first generation, but these are typically less expensive units to purchase, and replacing the incandescent light bulbs is not a major chore.  The frequency of the need to replace the bulbs is relative to the hours of "flame" usage, and you normally would not need to replace the bulbs more often than once a year, if that.

Q. What is the heat output?

A. The output is controllable from the remote but on high, the units will produce just over 5,000 Btu's, supplemental heat for up to 450 square feet.

Q. How large area will this fireplace heat?

A.  Heating capacity depends upon many factors including insulation and heat loss, geographic location, positioning of the heater in the space, as well as outdoor temperatures, to name a few of the other determining factors.  Typically, though, our 5,000 Btu heaters will adequately warm up to 450 square feet.  It can be thought of a as a supplemental or space heater.

Q. Are electric fireplaces expensive to run?

A. This really depends on many factors, like the previous question.  Our electric units can be operated either with or without heat and when you operate without heat the cost is almost inconsequential, considering the Celsi units use LED lighting and true flame images, especially as compared to gas or wood logs, which consume fuel whenever there is a fire, typically with lots of wasted heat going out a chimney.  The electric fireplace is an appliance you can use throughout the year without wasting energy and when the electric heater is used, 100% of the heat generated comes into the room, with no waste.

Q. Does the glass front become hot?

A. No. The glass front always remains safe to touch, however we recommend that you keep away children and pets from any appliance.  Units with LED 'flames' will be more cool-to-the-touch since LEDs produce only about 1/10 of the heat generated by incandescent bulbs.  Fireplaces with incandescent "flame" bulbs do not get dangerously hot by any means.  The heat around the warm air outlet on any electric fireplace will be too hot to touch when the heater is operating.

Q. Do I need a chimney?

A. No.  All our electric fireplaces can be installed without a chimney or flue, so you can place them practically anywhere in your home or business.

Q. I need more help?  Where can I get more information?

A. Feel free to utilize our "contact us" form or phone us M-F 8-5 Central Time at (866) 983-3267.



Energy Efficiency & Energy Costs



 Life Span up to 100,000 hours

1,200 hours

 Watts of electricity used/comparison 6 - 8 watts 60 watts
 Annual Operating Cost (30 incandescent bulbs/year) $32.85/year $328.59/year

Environmental Impact



 Contains the Toxic Mercury No No
 Carbon Dioxide Emissions (30 bulbs per year) * 451 pounds/year 4500 pounds/year
 *(Lower energy use reduces CO2 emissions, sulfur dioxide, and nuclear waste)    


Important Facts



 Sensitivity to low temperatures None Some
 Sensitive to humidity No Some
 On/Off Cycling - impairment to longevity No Effect Some
 Instant On Yes Yes
 Durability (effect of jarring, bumping, etc.) Very Durable (no filament) Not very durable
 Heat Emitted from "flame-producing" lights 3.4 Btu's / hour 85 Btu's / hour
 Efficiency (% of power used for light) 80% 20%


 Light Output


Incadescent Bulbs




  450 4-5 40
  800 6-8 60
  1,100 9-13 75
  1,600 16-20 100
  2,600 25-28 150