Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but just how big can be a whole room? One possible answer can be found in the Vornado heater manual which describes a huge 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 the dimensions of most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
During the last year a major shift 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 destination for bestselling heaters using 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 reasons. The initial one is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, will no longer available, refuses to quit the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
Some more factors behind the popularity of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters may also be relatively quiet and produce an even heat which can be often known as “soft.”
A radiator will definitely be a radiator so there isn’t much that can be done 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 industry with its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are merely radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Simply because they rely on convection for heat distribution they are fan-less and noise-free. Designed for versatility, they may be installed on casters or hung on a wall, and so are reported to be a good bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for just about any portable electric heater.
Once very popular, mica band heaters supply but fallen from 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 remember that the Kenwood HHP 1500, also manufactured by Delonghi and strongly resembling the initial, is among Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is just not lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 from 5 stars from the 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 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 really a departure within 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 exactly the same technology found in their more expensive models.
The secret to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of warmth would be to locate the heater at one end in the room using a clear way to the alternative wall. As soon as the air hits the opposing wall it splits and is deflected back around the perimeter of the room to heat every square inch of space.
From Holmes, sold beneath 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 offers two heat settings corresponding to the quantity of quartz tubes switched on.
This current year Honeywell offers the distinction of your 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 is a victim from the own success and it is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices caused by scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the manufacturer of Honeywell, understands the issue and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as an alternative. The primary difference is the addition of a follower towards the HZ-617 which is often turned on or off at the pleasure.
Undoubtedly, the biggest shift in consumer preferences for electric space heaters has become to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The development of EdenPure not long ago was accompanied by an onslaught of competing makes and models.