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, in accordance with the heater’s capacity, as 16′ x 16′ with the 8′ ceiling. These dimensions workout 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 major change in space heater technology has re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. One of the winners are those that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko holds the # 2 location for bestselling heaters with 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 many good 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 factors behind the excitement of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters are also relatively quiet and produce a level heat which happens to be often referred to as “soft.”
A radiator will always be a radiator so there isn’t much you can do from it. Despite lacking any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of many 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. Because they be determined by convection for heat distribution they can be fan-less and noise-free. Designed for versatility, they are often placed on casters or hung on a wall, and therefore are reported to be an excellent bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for almost any portable electric heater.
Once all the rage, custom the band have but fallen by the wayside. Maybe it had something to do with a customer complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to note the Kenwood HHP 1500, also produced by Delonghi and strongly resembling the very first, is one of Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is not really lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 out from 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 many whole room space heaters. The most notable rated heater makers in 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 can be a departure in price and design from Vornado’s most popular heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The new, simple to operate flat panel design houses a similar technology used in their more pricey models.
The trick 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 exact opposite wall. When 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 beneath the Patton brand, is the new PQH307-UM Tower Quartz Heater with Adjustable Thermostat ($45). This fan equipped unit is around the smaller end (150 sq. ft.) of whole m1caband heaters and gives two heat settings corresponding to the quantity of quartz tubes excited.
This season Honeywell offers the distinction of any recommendation from Consumer Reports for the 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 it is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices due to scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the producer of Honeywell, understands the trouble and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a substitute. The main difference is adding a fan on the HZ-617 which is often turned on or off in your pleasure.
Undeniably, 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 then an onslaught of competing makes and models.