Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but just 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 the 8′ ceiling. These dimensions workout to 256 sq. ft. and 2048 cu. ft. respectively – easily the dimensions of most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
Over the last year an important shift in space heater technology has re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. Amongst the winners are the type that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko supports the number 2 location for bestselling heaters featuring its model 755320 tower heater with digital display ($45). (Primary is Lasko’s 754200 compact heater $20).
Ceramic heaters have gained wide spread popularity for many good reasons. The initial one is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, no longer available, refuses to quit the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
More reasons behind the excitement of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters can also be relatively quiet and create a level heat which happens to be often described as “soft.”
A radiator will be a radiator so there isn’t much that can be done by using it. Despite the lack of any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of the safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the market featuring its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are basically radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Because they depend upon convection for heat distribution these are fan-less and noise-free. Designed for versatility, they may be installed on casters or held on a wall, and so are said to be a good bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for just about any portable electric heater.
Once very popular, custom the band have got 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 keep in mind that the Kenwood HHP 1500, also produced by Delonghi and strongly resembling the first, is one of Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all will not be lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 out of 5 stars looking at the 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 best rated heater makers with this category are Lasko and Delonghi, mentioned previously, as well as Holmes, Honeywell, and Vornado.
New from Vornado this heating months are 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 newest, an easy task to operate flat panel design houses a similar technology utilized in their higher priced models.
The secrets to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of warmth is usually to locate the heater at one end from the room having a clear road to the contrary wall. When the air hits the opposing wall it splits and it is deflected back around the perimeter of the room to heat every square in . of space.
From Holmes, sold within the Patton brand, is definitely 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 number of quartz tubes turned on.
This coming year Honeywell offers the distinction of a recommendation from Consumer Reports because of 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 actually a victim of their own success which is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices as a result of scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the manufacturer of Honeywell, understands the situation and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a replacement. The primary difference is the addition of a follower on the HZ-617 which is often turned on or off at the pleasure.
Undoubtedly, the most significant shift in consumer preferences for electric space heaters is to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The creation of EdenPure not too long ago was followed by an onslaught of competing makes and models.