Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but exactly how big is really a whole room? One possible answer are available in the Vornado heater manual which describes a whole room, in accordance with the heater’s capacity, as 16′ x 16′ having an 8′ ceiling. These dimensions figure out to 256 sq. ft. and 2048 cu. ft. respectively – easily the actual size of most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
Throughout the last year a major change in space heater technology has re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. Among the winners are the ones that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko holds the number 2 spot for bestselling heaters featuring its model 755320 tower heater with digital display ($45). (Number 1 is Lasko’s 754200 compact heater $20).
Ceramic heaters have gained wide spread popularity for a variety of reasons. The initial one is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, no longer available, refuses to give up the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
A few more factors behind the excitement of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters may also be relatively quiet and produce a much heat which happens to be often described as “soft.”
A radiator will definitely be a radiator so there isn’t much that you can do with it. Despite the possible lack of any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of several safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the current market featuring its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are merely radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Simply because they depend upon convection for heat distribution they are fan-less and noise-free. Made for versatility, they are often attached to casters or hung on a wall, and are said to be an excellent bathroom heater – that i don’t recommend for any portable electric heater.
Once all the rage, custom the band have all but fallen by the wayside. Maybe it had something related to a buyer complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to note the Kenwood HHP 1500, also manufactured by Delonghi and strongly resembling the first, is just one of Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is just not lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 from 5 stars looking at the users for silent operation, portability, and whole room, non-drying heat.
Fan-forced convection heat is the M.O. of many whole room space heaters. The best rated heater makers in this particular category are Lasko and Delonghi, mentioned previously, as well as Holmes, Honeywell, and Vornado.
New from Vornado this heating season is the PVH, or Panel Vortex Heater ($60). This heater is actually a departure in both price and design from Vornado’s most favored heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The brand new, simple to operate flat panel design houses the same technology found in their more costly models.
The secret to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of heat would be to locate the heater at one end of the room using a clear way to the contrary wall. When the air hits the opposing wall it splits and is also deflected back round the perimeter from the room to heat every square inch of space.
From Holmes, sold within the Patton manufacturer, is the new PQH307-UM Tower Quartz Heater with Adjustable Thermostat ($45). This fan equipped unit is around the smaller end (150 sq. ft.) of whole m1caband heaters and provides two heat settings corresponding to the number of quartz tubes excited.
This current year Honeywell offers the distinction of any recommendation from Consumer Reports for its model HZ-817 Electric Convection Heater ($70). The 30″ long, baseboard type heater has no fan and relies solely on convection for heat distribution.
Unfortunately, this heater is really a victim of its own success and it is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices due to scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the maker of Honeywell, understands the issue and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a replacement. The primary difference is adding a fan to the HZ-617 which can be excited or off in your pleasure.
Without a doubt, the biggest change in consumer preferences for electric space heaters has become to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The introduction of EdenPure not long ago was accompanied by an onslaught of competing models.