Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but exactly how big is a whole room? One possible answer can be obtained from the Vornado heater manual which describes an entire room, relative to 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.
Over the last year a significant 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 supports the second position for bestselling heaters with 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 several good reasons. One is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, no longer available, refuses to give up the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
A few more reasons for the recognition of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters will also be relatively quiet and create an even heat which happens to be often identified as “soft.”
A radiator will be a radiator so there isn’t much you could do with it. Despite the absence of any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of the safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the industry with its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are basically 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 could be attached to casters or held on a wall, and they are reported to be a great bathroom heater – that i don’t recommend for almost any portable electric heater.
Once all the rage, this heat band supply but fallen by the wayside. Maybe it had something connected with a consumer complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to notice that the Kenwood HHP 1500, also made by Delonghi and strongly resembling the first, is one of Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is just not 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 is the M.O. of many 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 season is the PVH, or Panel Vortex Heater ($60). This heater is really a departure in both price and design from Vornado’s most popular heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The new, easy to operate flat panel design houses a similar technology found in their higher priced models.
The trick to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of heat would be to locate the heater at one end from the room having a clear way to the exact opposite wall. As soon as the air hits the opposing wall it splits and is deflected back around the perimeter of your room to heat every square inch of space.
From Holmes, sold within the Patton brand name, is 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 amount of quartz tubes turned on.
This current year Honeywell has got the distinction of your 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 its own success and is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices due to 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 real difference is incorporating a fan on the HZ-617 which can be excited or off in your pleasure.
Without a doubt, the most significant change in consumer preferences for electric space heaters has been to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The introduction of EdenPure not too long ago was followed by an onslaught of competing models.