Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but precisely how big is really a whole room? One possible answer are available in the Vornado heater manual which describes a complete room, relative to the heater’s capacity, as 16′ x 16′ with an 8′ ceiling. These dimensions figure out to 256 sq. ft. and 2048 cu. ft. respectively – easily the size of most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
Over the last year an important shift in space heater technologies have re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. Amongst the winners are the ones that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko supports the number 2 spot for bestselling heaters having its model 755320 tower heater with digital display ($45). (Number one is Lasko’s 754200 compact heater $20).
Ceramic heaters have gained wide spread popularity for several reasons. The initial one is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, no more available, refuses to give up the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
Some more reasons for the buzz of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters can also be relatively quiet and provide a much heat which is often referred to as “soft.”
A radiator will definitely 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 among the safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the current market having its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are simply radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Since they depend on convection for heat distribution they are fan-less and noise-free. Made for versatility, they could be mounted on casters or hung on a wall, and they are said to be a great bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for virtually any portable electric heater.
Once all the rage, this heat band have but fallen with 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 notice that the Kenwood HHP 1500, also created by Delonghi and strongly resembling the original, is one of Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is not lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 out from 5 stars from the users for silent operation, portability, and whole room, non-drying heat.
Fan-forced convection heat may be the M.O. of the majority of whole room space heaters. The most notable rated heater makers within this category are Lasko and Delonghi, mentioned previously, in addition to 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 brand new, simple to operate flat panel design houses the same technology found in their more pricey models.
The secret to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of warmth is usually to locate the heater at one end in the room with a clear path to the contrary wall. If the air hits the opposing wall it splits which is deflected back around the perimeter in the room to heat every square in . of space.
From Holmes, sold under 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 and offers two heat settings corresponding to the quantity of quartz tubes switched on.
This current year Honeywell has 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 from the own success and is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices resulting from scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the manufacturer of Honeywell, is aware of the situation and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a replacement. The main difference is adding a follower on the HZ-617 which is often excited or off at the pleasure.
Without a doubt, 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 accompanied by an onslaught of competing models.