Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but exactly how big is actually a whole room? One possible answer may be found in the Vornado heater manual which describes a whole room, in accordance with the heater’s capacity, as 16′ x 16′ with an 8′ ceiling. These dimensions work 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 shift in space heater technologies have re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. On the list of winners are the type that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko supports the second position for bestselling heaters using 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 number of reasons. The initial one is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, will no longer available, refuses to stop the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
A few more reasons behind the buzz of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters may also be relatively quiet and provide a much heat which happens to be often known as “soft.”
A radiator will always be a radiator so there isn’t much that you can do from it. Despite the possible lack of any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of many safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the industry featuring its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are just radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Since they be determined by convection for heat distribution they can be fan-less and noise-free. Made for versatility, they are often attached to casters or held on a wall, and they are reported to be a good bathroom heater – that i don’t recommend for almost any portable electric heater.
Once very popular, custom the band have got all but fallen from the wayside. Maybe it had something to do with a consumer complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to note how the Kenwood HHP 1500, also produced by Delonghi and strongly resembling the first, is among one of Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is not lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 away from 5 stars from its users for silent operation, portability, and whole room, non-drying heat.
Fan-forced convection heat may be the M.O. of many whole room space heaters. The most notable rated heater makers with this 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 a departure within price and design from Vornado’s most popular heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The new, very easy to operate flat panel design houses the identical technology employed in their more costly models.
The trick to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of warmth is to locate the heater at one end in the room by using a clear road to the alternative wall. As soon as the air hits the opposing wall it splits and is also deflected back throughout the perimeter of your room to heat every square in . of space.
From Holmes, sold underneath the Patton name brand, may be the new PQH307-UM Tower Quartz Heater with Adjustable Thermostat ($45). This fan equipped unit is about the smaller end (150 sq. ft.) of whole m1caband heaters while offering two heat settings corresponding to the volume of quartz tubes turned on.
This coming year Honeywell provides the distinction of a recommendation from Consumer Reports for the 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 can be 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 company of Honeywell, is aware of the situation and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as an alternative. The main difference is adding a fan for the HZ-617 which may be turned on or off at the pleasure.
Without a doubt, the largest shift in consumer preferences for electric space heaters has been to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The introduction of EdenPure not too long ago was then an onslaught of competing brands.