Simple Tips to Keep Your Electric Fireplace Clean and Beautiful

Electric fireplaces are often chosen for their convenience and relatively low maintenance design. They offer unmatched convenience for homeowners who want the aesthetic appeal and heat of a fireplace without having to worry about monitoring gas or traditional fireplace cleanliness and function. However, there are still a few important elements of electric fireplaces that merit attention and occasional maintenance.

 

Changing Bulbs

Electric fireplaces won’t develop residue or particulate buildup inside the firebox, but there is something in the firebox that will eventually degrade in quality over time: the light bulbs! If you notice your fire becoming dimmer or less consistently bright, it might be time to replace your bulbs. Luckily, the process is simple for most models. First, it is imperative to turn off the fireplace and let it sit and cool off before you interact with it. It is typical for electric fireplaces to have removable maintenance panels on the back, but you may need to take out some screws or other fastening mechanisms to access the bulbs. The bulbs should be easy to spot inside the firebox. Consult your unit’s manual to determine what bulb will be a suitable replacement. If halogen bulbs are required, make sure to handle them with gloves! Natural skin oils can cause halogen bulbs to decay more quickly than usual. Some fireplaces use LED bulbs, in which case you shouldn’t need to replace them at all within the lifespan of the fireplace. How convenient!

 

Cleaning the Glass

The glass panel on the front of your unit is the most important element of your fireplace, aesthetically speaking. To ensure it is clean and shows off your fireplace perfectly, clean it with a lint-free cloth and warm, soapy water. Gently wipe and buff the exterior of the glass, and make sure that by the end it is completely dry to avoid water spots. Make sure you don’t use glass cleaners or other abrasive cleaners, as these can contain flammable chemicals and can reduce the lifespan of your fireplace.

 

Cleaning the Fan

The fan is the most important part of your fireplace when it comes to actually providing heat to the room. To determine if your fan requires cleaning, examine its spin pattern. Fans should spin easily with no resistance or hitching. If you decide to clean your fan, a vacuum with a thin nozzle attachment will be ideal. Simply take off the grille covering and brush and vacuum off any dust and debris you see on the blades and axle of the fan.

To learn more about Energy House and the fireplace products and services we provide, call 1-800-660-1496 or contact us online today!

3 Tips For Picking the Perfect Holiday Hearth

There may not be snow on the ground, but the holiday season is upon us in force. Before you decide on a new fireplace, read these tips from the Energy House to ensure you get the perfect cozy gift for your family. After all, what’s the winter season without a cozy fireplace and loved ones to share it with?

The fireplace should match the room.

Nothing gives away an impulse buy like clashing patterns or colors, and a fireplace is no different! The Energy House offers a huge selection of varied styles, from the sleek modern DaVinci fireplaces to more classically beautiful Kozy Heat models. Any of these could look good, but a truly beautiful fireplace is one that blends seamlessly into the layout of your home.

Consider color!

There are many options when it comes to the shade and hue of your fireplace. With so many options out there, it can be borderline paralyzing to choose. Do I make a statement, or do I go for a traditional comfy look? The truth is, both have merits. When shopping in person, bring pictures of the room you are planning to install in. If the room is primarily white and gets lots of sun, going for an unusual color could make a great statement! Alternatively, if you plan to install the fireplace in a part of the house that gets dark quickly, the natural orange glow of a more traditional Energy House hearth will convey a more cozy, intimate mood.

The layout of the house matters.

Where your fireplace sits in the context of your house is crucial to determining how it will be used and enjoyed. If you plan to install it in a study or a sequestered off family room, look for fireplaces that output a lot of heat and have tall, active flames. This will make it the focal point of the room, and draw everyone together in front of it. If you choose to install it in a foyer, living room, or some other very active space, treat it more like an aesthetic element: perhaps find a color that compliments paintings and pictures on the wall, or go for a statement piece to spark up a conversation at the holiday party. Remember: fireplaces from Energy House are versatile elements of home decor, and should be treated as such!

To learn more about Energy House and the fireplace products and services we provide, call 1-800-660-1496 or contact us online today!

Smarter Fireplaces Make Smarter Homes

The history of the hearth dates back to long before The Energy House or any other manufacturer of residential gas burning fireplaces. Fast forward to 2016 and the purpose of the fireplace has transformed from survival, to a dream home. The fireplace may not be a new invention, but some innovative changes in 2016 will have you looking at the hearth in a whole new form.

Smart Home Integration

The contemporary home is only getting smarter and many leading manufacturers, like Heat & Glo, now seamlessly integrate with smart home systems and applications. Modern interior design ideas revolve around working with you, and the fireplace is no exception. Purpose and fashion are the new expectations of home features. Read more

How to Properly Season Your Wood this Fall

If you own a wood-burning fireplace, then it’s likely that you’ve started stockpiling firewood for the upcoming cold seasons. However, not many wood-burning fireplace owners know the importance of properly seasoning their wood. Properly seasoning your firewood is an important part of fireplace maintenance. Not only can improperly seasoned wood potentially damage your wood-burning fireplace, but it can also hinder the performance of your unit and lead to excess creosote buildup. Here is how to properly season your wood so you can avoid these potentially dangerous issues. 

Split Your Firewood into Smaller Pieces

Before you add that giant log to your pile, you should keep in mind that smaller pieces season faster. In most cases, large logs will still retain moisture in the core, leading to the same issues we’ve discussed previously. Split large rounds into smaller, more manageable pieces will help prevent these issues by helping wood seasons faster.

Keep Your Wood Dry 

Because wood is porous, storing it in a damp location will only rehydrate the fibers, undoing all the work you put into seasoning it in the first place. Keep seasoned and seasoning wood in a dry location such as a garage, shed or shelter to prevent as much contact to the elements as possible. When storing your wood, keep a tarp underneath to prevent any groundwater from penetrating,

Let the Wood Breath

Stacking the wood in a manner that allows for good airflow is important in ensuring your wood seasons thoroughly and efficiently. Stack wood in an alternating, pattern (think jenga without the middle piece) to ensure even airflow around every piece of wood. 

Rotate Your Stock

Rotate your firewood within your pile to ensure that the oldest wood is used first. When adding wood to your stockpile, pile the new wood in the back and bring the old wood to the front. This ensures that you don’t accidentally use young wood that can cause issues for your wood-burning fireplace.

Interested in installing a wood-burning, gas, or electric fireplace in your home? you can count on the experts at Energy House for impeccable service and installation. We offer a huge selection of gas, electric and wood-burning fireplaces. Why wait? Contact The Energy House to schedule an appointment for one of our showrooms in San Carlos, CA, Gilroy, CA or Campbell, CA.

Gas Fireplace Safety Tips | Energy House

Gas fireplaces are a great addition to any home! Not only do they bring comfort and warmth at the press of a button, but they also save you money on your heating bill as well. While gas fireplaces lack an open flame, there are still some important safety precautions you should take when operating them. Here are some handy safety tips to keep in mind.  

Keep Away From the Glass

This is the most important aspect of gas fireplace safety. The glass of a gas fireplace gets extremely hot and you can really get injured if you are not careful. Be extremely careful with the glass and make sure that children are aware of the dangers of it as well.

Schedule Yearly Inspections

While gas fireplaces require far less maintenance compared to their wood-burning counterparts, an annual inspection is crucial to the safe operation of your gas fireplace. You should always schedule a yearly inspection of your gas fireplace to ensure everything is running properly. Schedule an inspection towards the middle of the fall season to make sure you’re good to go when it’s time to light up the fire. 

Keep in Mind Clearance Zones

No matter how advanced a fireplace is, there is a clearance zone that you should keep in mind when placing decor. Pay attention to these zones and make sure that flammable or easily damaged materials are kept away from these spaces. You avoid placing items such as wood, newspapers, books, drapes, etc against the glass or in near proximity of your gas fireplace.

Check the Safety Screen

The safety screen acts as a barrier that prevents contact with hot glass, greatly reducing the risk of serious burns. You should always make sure that this screen is in good condition to help prevent serious injury. If your gas fireplace was fabricated prior to 2015, it may not come with a safety screen, at that point it would be beneficial to have one installed.

Interested in a gas fireplace for your home? you can count on the experts at Energy House for impeccable service and installation. We offer a huge selection of gas, electric fireplaces as well as wood burning stoves. Why wait? Contact The Energy House to schedule an appointment for one of our showrooms in San Carlos, CA, Gilroy, CA or Campbell, CA.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Fireplace

Installing a fireplace in your home is a great way to heat your home and save money on heating costs. If properly maintained, a quality fireplace will serve you a lifetime, so you should make sure that the one you choose will best fit your home and lifestyle. Here are five important questions you should ask yourself before choosing a fireplace:

How much do you want to spend?

Fireplaces come in various prices, and that heavily depends on the features you want. A barebones fireplace can be very affordable, however, if you wish for a luxury fireplace with lots of extra features, it can end up costing a lot more. Keep in mind that while the bulk of your expenses will go towards the fireplace itself, installation fees and other costs can add up, so you should always budget for that.

What style are you looking for?

How you want your fireplace to look is another big determinant is which fireplace you choose. Perhaps you want to go for a traditional look with a classic wood-burning fireplace, or maybe go for a sleek and elegant look with a modern electric fireplace.

How much maintenance do you want?

For some, there’s nothing better than a wood burning fireplace, however they can require a lot more maintenance. If the idea of maintaining a fireplace doesn’t sound appealing to you, then you should opt for a gas or electric fireplace.

What fuel source do you want to burn?

The type of fuel source you want to burn can be a huge factor in which fireplace you should choose. While a wood-burning fireplace is a great addition to any home – the interaction and maintenance can be a turn off for some. If you are looking for a hassle-free way to heat your home, consider a gas or electric fireplace.

Are you making an investment?

If you are looking to install a fireplace in your home, something that might concern you is the return on investment. The good news is that fireplaces contribute directly to the value of your house. If you don’t plan on selling your home in the near future, a fireplace can pay for itself by saving you money on your heating bill. 

No matter your fireplace needs, you can count on the experts at Energy House for impeccable service and installation. We offer a huge selection of electric and wood burning grills as well as wood burning stoves. Why wait? Contact The Energy House to schedule an appointment for one of our showrooms in San Carlos, CA, Gilroy, CA or Campbell, CA.

Increase the Value of Your Home with These Fireplace Tips

Installing a fireplace in your home is a great way to add warmth and ambiance to your home (as well as reduce heating costs.) But did you know that installing a fireplace can greatly increase the value of your home? Here are some important tips that can help you effectively increase the value of your home when installing a fireplace.

Budget Effectively

The goal in making improvements to your home is to receive a positive return on your investment. When making new additions to your home, it’s important to budget your costs effectively to make sure that the increase in the value of your home exceeds the costs of the improvement. This doesn’t mean to skimp out on quality, but it may be beneficial to research the costs on similar projects beforehand to get a general idea of the cost.

Location and Purpose

Having an idea of where and why you want to add a fireplace is important in helping in adding value to your investment. The placement of your fireplace will determine how much utility it has as well as how much value it could add to your home. If you wish to best capitalize on the value-boosting potential of your fireplace, the best place for it would be in the living room with another smaller fireplace in the entertainment or dining room.

Pay Attention to Details

While already a value booster in itself, the craftsmanship and detail of your fireplace, as well as the surrounding elements can add even more value to your home. Consider surrounding your fireplace with elegant materials like: brick, stone, concrete, and wood paneling to truly make it stand out as the centerpiece of the room.

No matter your needs, you can count on the experts at Energy House for impeccable service and installation. We offer a huge selection of electric and wood burning grills as well as wood burning stoves. Why wait? Contact The Energy House to schedule an appointment for one of our showrooms in San Carlos, CA, Gilroy, CA or Campbell, CA.

Complete Your Dream Outdoor Space With an Outdoor Fireplace

Summer is in full swing and that means spending outside with friends and family. However, an outdoor living space isn’t exactly complete without an outdoor fireplace as the centerpiece. Here are some ways an outdoor fire element can bring new life and function to your outdoor space.

Stay warm after the sun is down

Summer nights can get pretty chilly especially during the chillier transitional months. An outdoor fireplace helps extend the time that you can spend outside with your friends and family, meaning more memories by the fire, even when it gets cold.

Increase the ambiance

No amount of outdoor lighting can provide the ambiance that an outdoor fireplace creates.The soft, flickering glow of an outdoor fireplace is perfect for setting a relaxing atmosphere for winding down after a long day.

Add utility

Not only are outdoor fireplaces an attractive feature for any outdoor space, they are practical as well. Outdoor fireplaces aren’t just perfect for roasting marshmallows, you can also cook other delicious foods like hotdogs, sausages, kebabs, and much more. The options are only limited to your imagination.


Whether you are considering an outdoor or indoor fireplace, you can count on the experts at Energy House for impeccable service and installation. We offer a huge selection of electric and wood burning grills as well as wood burning stoves. Why wait? Contact The Energy House to schedule an appointment for one of our showrooms in San Carlos, CA, Gilroy, CA or Campbell, CA.

How to Repurpose Your Wood Fireplace for the Summer

 

With summer fast approaching, there will be little need to utilize your fireplace. However, the fireplace is still a part of your home that attracts attention even when there is no fire inside.

So what should you do with your fireplace when it’s too warm for log-burning? Well the fireplace can be proposed in many ways from decorative to practical. Here are some ideas.

Candle Cradle

You can have a fire in your fireplace even if it’s summer. Repurpose your fireplace by swapping out the logs for an assortment of candles. Candles will replicate the soft glow and feel that a fireplace gives without a significant increase to your indoor temperature. A well decorated fireplace will add both warmth and appeal to the room and a great way to utilize your fireplace when entertaining guests in the warmer months.

Firewood Storage

Another great way to repurpose your fireplace for the summer is to utilize the space for storage. Not only can your fireplace be a practical storage solution for storing excess firewood in the summer, but it adds to the aesthetic of fireplace without having to light a fire. A fireplace full of neatly stacked logs can draw as much attention as if the fireplace was lit.

Add Greenery

Liven up your fireplace with colors and smells by adding a botanical element. Studies have shown that indoor plants can boost concentration and productivity. Potted flowers and plants will add to the vibrancy of the room and blend seamlessly with the other greenery inside your home.

Whether you are considering a wood-burning, gas or electric fireplace you can count on the experts at Energy House for impeccable service and installation. We offer a huge selection of electric and wood burning grills as well as wood burning stoves. Why wait? Contact The Energy House to schedule an appointment for one of our showrooms in San Carlos, CA, Gilroy, CA or Campbell, CA.

Electric vs. Gas Fireplaces

Electric and gas fireplaces are a great alternative for those who don’t have a chimney or are seeking an alternative to a wood-burning fireplace. Fireplaces bring ambiance and warmth to a room and value to your home. Here some differences between electric and gas fireplaces that you should consider when making the decision:

Flames

Gas fireplaces work by producing a flame that resembles that of a traditional wood-burning fireplace. Contemporary fireplaces can add a lot of warmth to to your home, making it ideal for those living in colder climates.

While electric fireplaces don’t produce a flame, some models can provide the same amount of warmth as their gas counterparts. Electric fireplaces have controllable “flames” and temperatures, making it ideal for those living in warmer climates, but still want the coziness and aesthetic that a fireplace provides.

Cost

While gas fireplaces are cheaper in cost and installation than electric fireplaces, they add more to the resale value of your home. Gas fireplaces are inexpensive to run and provide a significant amount of warmth, which can greatly reduce your heating costs.

Electric fireplaces are cheaper in cost and installation compared to their gas-burning counterparts. While most electric fireplaces do not heat a room as fast as a gas fireplace, they are cheaper to run compared to other types of fireplaces.

Maintenance and Upkeep

Compared to wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces are fairly low maintenance. Gas fireplaces only require yearly maintenance. The vent should be inspected once a year for leaks and cleaned as needed. Because gas fireplaces are low maintenance, they are an ideal choice for those who want the warmth of a wood burning fireplace without the maintenance associated.

Electric fireplaces require little to no maintenance because they do not burn gas or require vents. This makes it the practical choice for those that wish to own a fireplace, but don’t want to keep up with regular maintenance.

 

If you are deciding on whether or not a gas or electric fireplace is right for you, contact The Energy House to schedule an appointment for one of our showrooms in San Carlos, CA, Gilroy, CA or Campbell, CA.