Several years ago, we had rented one of the large entertainment centers that had an electric fireplace , and when we moved, we gave it back to the rental company. We have both missed it ever since, and Bobby and I both love the look of having a fireplace burning in the cold winter evenings. This house has a gas-fired furnace and vents, but we keep the thermostat down low, and then just add a little extra heat in whatever room we need it in , usually the living room. We kept thinking that we would somehow manage to save up enough money to just go and buy another electric fireplace, but it just never happened; so we decided to go back to the rental company and rent one again. If we had kept the one we had before, it would have been paid for by now. Rent-to-own is a lot more expensive than just buying outright; but it does allow people on a small fixed income to be able to actually own a more expensive piece of furniture. We spent most of this week shuffling furniture around and getting ready for the Friday delivery, and now I am really happy with the results of all that work. Here is what the new media console looks like with the "fire" turned on. It is just the fire effect; and the heat switch is off, so right now we are just getting the look of fire and no heat.