Electric Fireplaces for the 21st Century The hypnotizing play of the flames while relaxing with family and friends and the cozy feeling having a fireplace during the holiday season and having flames with or without heat: This is a recipe for relaxation –– even when it’s 80 degrees on Thanksgiving day. In addition to their beauty, electric fireplaces are high in energy efficiency –– a major concern for new-home buyers and those who are renovating existing homes.