Dimplex fireplaces are one of the best ways to improve your home without spending a ton of money. A cold room can be warmed easily and cost effectively with an electric fireplace insert such as those offered by Dimplex.
I suggest Dimplex because they have such a good reputation and have superior quality compared to other companies.
A crackling fire is simulated without the worry of burning embers in your house- as a matter of fact, the sides of these Dimplex fireplaces stay cool enough for you to touch. No worries about a child (or you)bring burned while the unit is in use.
We're actually thinking of getting another for upstairs so we can turn our heat down- it's more cost effective to run one of these than to run your furnace hotter by ticking the thermostat.
Anyway, if you're in the market for one of these, you owe it to yourself to check out the lineup of Dimplex fireplaces before making your final purchasing decision.