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′ 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 a significant change in space heater technology has re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. Among the winners are the types that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko supports the second spot for bestselling heaters using its model 755320 tower heater with digital display ($45). (Number 1 is Lasko’s 754200 compact heater $20).
Ceramic heaters have gained wide spread popularity for a number of reasons. One is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, not any longer available, refuses to give up the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
More factors behind the buzz of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters can also be relatively quiet and provide an even heat which happens to be often identified as “soft.”
A radiator will definitely be a radiator so there isn’t much you could do by using it. Despite the absence of any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains among the safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the market using its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are basically radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Because they rely on convection for heat distribution they are fan-less and noise-free. Intended for versatility, they are often placed on casters or hung on a wall, and so are said to be an excellent bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for almost any portable electric heater.
Once very popular, heater band have all but fallen by the wayside. Maybe it had something connected with a buyer complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to keep in mind how the Kenwood HHP 1500, also manufactured 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 from 5 stars looking at the users for silent operation, portability, and whole room, non-drying heat.
Fan-forced convection heat may be the M.O. of many whole room space heaters. The top 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 actually a departure within price and design from Vornado’s most favored heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The new, an easy task to operate flat panel design houses exactly the same technology utilized in their more pricey models.
The key to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of warmth is to locate the heater at one end from the room using a clear path to the exact opposite wall. When the air hits the opposing wall it splits and is deflected back round the perimeter of your room to heat every square inch of space.
From Holmes, sold underneath the Patton name brand, will 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 season Honeywell offers the distinction of a 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 really a victim of its own success which is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices caused by scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the manufacturer of Honeywell, is aware of the trouble and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a replacement. The primary difference is incorporating a follower to the HZ-617 which may be turned on or off in your pleasure.
Certainly, the greatest shift in consumer preferences for electric space heaters continues to be to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The development of EdenPure not too long ago was combined with an onslaught of competing makes and models.