Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but precisely how big can be 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 exercise to 256 sq. ft. and 2048 cu. ft. respectively – easily how big most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
Over the last year a major change in space heater technologies have re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. On the list of winners are the ones that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko supports the number two spot for bestselling heaters featuring its model 755320 tower heater with digital display ($45). (# 1 is Lasko’s 754200 compact heater $20).
Ceramic heaters have gained wide spread popularity for a number of good 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 reasons for the buzz of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters will also be relatively quiet and produce a much heat which is often referred to as “soft.”
A radiator will be a radiator so there isn’t much that can be done with it. Despite the absence of any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of many safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the marketplace with its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are merely 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. Intended for versatility, they can be mounted on casters or held on a wall, and are reported to be a great bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for almost any portable electric heater.
Once very popular, micathermic heaters have got all but fallen through the wayside. Maybe it had something connected to a client complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to note that this heater bands, also produced by Delonghi and strongly resembling the very first, is among Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is not really lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 out of 5 stars from its users for silent operation, portability, and whole room, non-drying heat.
Fan-forced convection heat will be the M.O. of the majority of whole room space heaters. The most notable rated heater makers in 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 both in price and design from Vornado’s most favored heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The new, easy to operate flat panel design houses exactly the same technology found in their more costly models.
The secret to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of heat is usually to locate the heater at one end of your room by using a clear way to the contrary wall. As soon as the air hits the opposing wall it splits and it is deflected back across the perimeter from the room to heat every square in . of space.
From Holmes, sold underneath the Patton brand name, is definitely the new PQH307-UM Tower Quartz Heater with Adjustable Thermostat ($45). This fan equipped unit is in the smaller end (150 sq. ft.) of whole room heaters and provides two heat settings corresponding to the number of quartz tubes turned on.
This season Honeywell has 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 can be a victim of 41dexqpky own success which is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices as a result of scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the company of Honeywell, understands the trouble and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a substitute. The real difference is incorporating a follower to the HZ-617 that may be switched on or off at the pleasure.
Certainly, the largest shift in consumer preferences for electric space heaters has been to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The introduction of EdenPure a few years ago was accompanied by an onslaught of competing makes and models.
The latest of these will be the Dr Heater infrared heater. Dr Heater comes with a dual quartz/ceramic heating system, gets food reviews, and expenses $150 – $200 lower than its competitors.