Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but just how big can be a whole room? One possible answer may be found in the Vornado heater manual which describes a complete 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 how big most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
Throughout the last year a serious change in space heater technologies have 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 holds the # 2 spot for bestselling heaters using 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 several reasons. The first is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, no more available, refuses to quit 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 can also be relatively quiet and create an even heat that is often described as “soft.”
A radiator will always be a radiator so there isn’t much you can do from it. Despite the lack of any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of many safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the marketplace featuring its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are just radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Given that they rely on convection for heat distribution they are fan-less and noise-free. Designed for versatility, they may be installed on casters or hung on a wall, and they are reported to be an effective bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for virtually any portable electric heater.
Once all the rage, micathermic heaters have but fallen from the wayside. Maybe it had something related to a customer complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to note that the the heaters band, also manufactured by Delonghi and strongly resembling the initial, is among 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 may be the M.O. of many whole room space heaters. The top rated heater makers within this category are Lasko and Delonghi, mentioned previously, along with 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 price and design from Vornado’s most in-demand heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The latest, an easy task to operate flat panel design houses the same technology employed in their higher priced models.
The trick to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of warmth is always to locate the heater at one end of the room with a clear route to the contrary wall. As soon as the air hits the opposing wall it splits and is deflected back across the perimeter of your room to heat every square in . of space.
From Holmes, sold within the Patton brand, may be the new PQH307-UM Tower Quartz Heater with Adjustable Thermostat ($45). This fan equipped unit is on the smaller end (150 sq. ft.) of whole room heaters and offers two heat settings corresponding to the volume of quartz tubes switched on.
This season Honeywell has the distinction of any recommendation from Consumer Reports due to 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 can be a victim of 41dexqpky own success and is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices due to scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the producer of Honeywell, is aware of the trouble and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a substitute. The primary difference is adding a fan towards the HZ-617 which is often switched on or off at the pleasure.
Undeniably, the greatest change in consumer preferences for electric space heaters continues to be to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The development of EdenPure some time ago was followed by an onslaught of competing brands.
The most recent of those may be the Dr Heater infrared heater. Dr Heater includes a dual quartz/ceramic home heating system, gets food reviews, and costs $150 – $200 under its competitors.