Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but exactly how big is really a whole room? One possible answer are available in the Vornado heater manual which describes a whole room, relative to 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.
Over the last year a significant change in space heater technologies have re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. On the list of winners are the type 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). (Number one 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 stop the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
Some more factors behind the buzz of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters may also be relatively quiet and create a much heat which is often identified as “soft.”
A radiator will definitely be a radiator so there isn’t much that you can do along with it. Despite the possible lack of 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 basically 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. Made for versatility, they can be installed on casters or held on a wall, and so are reported to be an effective bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for virtually any portable electric heater.
Once all the rage, mica heater bands have but fallen from the wayside. Maybe it had something related to a client complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to note the Kenwood HHP 1500, also manufactured by Delonghi and strongly resembling the first, is among Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is not really lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 from 5 stars by reviewing the users for silent operation, portability, and whole room, non-drying heat.
Fan-forced convection heat is definitely the M.O. of many whole room space heaters. The most notable rated heater makers with 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 both in price and design from Vornado’s most popular heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The newest, simple to operate flat panel design houses exactly the same technology utilized in their more costly models.
The secrets to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of heat is always to locate the heater at one end in the room having a clear path to the opposite wall. As soon as the air hits the opposing wall it splits and is also deflected back around the perimeter from the room to heat every square inch of space.
From Holmes, sold beneath the Patton manufacturer, is 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 while offering two heat settings corresponding to the amount of quartz tubes switched on.
This current year Honeywell has got the distinction of a 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 is a victim of their own success which is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices due to scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the producer 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 on the HZ-617 which is often excited or off on your pleasure.
Undoubtedly, the biggest change in consumer preferences for electric space heaters is to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The creation of EdenPure some time ago was combined with an onslaught of competing models and makes.