Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but precisely how big is really a whole room? One possible answer can be obtained from 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 the actual size of most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
Over the past 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 # 2 destination 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 many good reasons. The first is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, no more available, refuses to stop the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
A few more reasons behind the recognition of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters may also be relatively quiet and produce a much heat which happens to be often referred to as “soft.”
A radiator will definitely be a radiator so there isn’t much that can be done with it. Despite lacking any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of several safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the current market using 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 be determined by convection for heat distribution they are fan-less and noise-free. Made for versatility, they can be placed on casters or held on a wall, and so are reported to be an effective bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for almost any portable electric heater.
Once all the rage, this heat band supply 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 notice the Kenwood HHP 1500, also made by Delonghi and strongly resembling the original, is just one of Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is not really lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 out of 5 stars by reviewing 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, as well as Holmes, Honeywell, and Vornado.
New from Vornado this heating season is the PVH, or Panel Vortex Heater ($60). This heater is actually a departure in price and design from Vornado’s most widely used heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The brand new, an easy task to operate flat panel design houses exactly the same technology used in their higher priced models.
The secret to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of warmth is to locate the heater at one end of your room having a clear route to the opposite wall. As soon as the air hits the opposing wall it splits and is deflected back throughout the perimeter from the room to heat every square inch of space.
From Holmes, sold within the Patton name 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 m1caband heaters and gives two heat settings corresponding to the quantity of quartz tubes switched on.
This coming year Honeywell has the distinction of the 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 is actually a victim of its own success and it 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 problem and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a replacement. The main difference is the addition of a follower to the HZ-617 which may be excited or off at the pleasure.
Certainly, the most significant shift in consumer preferences for electric space heaters is to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The introduction of EdenPure not too long ago was accompanied by an onslaught of competing makes and models.