beauty and the heat
The stingy solution is to install an electric space heater in the living room and heat it elsewhere.
In the past, it was like inviting trolls to crash in your place: space heaters can be commonplace and they can cause fires if you don\'t respect them
But this is the old saying.
Now, thanks to the advances in design and engineering, the space heater has achieved a pass score in aesthetics, and even models with moderate prices have few safety and efficiency features, if any, I saw it ten years ago.
For example, the new Dyson AM09 may look at the home in the corner of the James Bond master suite, with its sleek lines and a range of features you can summon through the remote control.
It also has a price tag for \"Casino Royale ($450)
But in warm weather, the device can be used as a cooling fan.
Other new space heaters lack the style and versatility of the am09, but they are far from the troll.
So if you have an old space heater, you might want to scrap it for something safer and more efficient.
Again, if you \'ve never had one for fear of fire risk or excessive concealment, and you want to scrape a few bucks off your heating bill, it\'s worth a look.
John delenberg, director of consumer safety at the Underwriters Lab, said that most electric space heaters have long had the technology to turn off power when the unit is flipped or the internal temperature reaches hazardous levels.
Recently, however, more manufacturers have started making models that are cool for touch and have motion sensors that turn off the device whenever anything or anyone is close to burning (
Of course, this does not mean the miraculous fire prevention of the space heater now.
They are still the main cause of home fires in winter.
Delenberg said, and from well-
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled well-known brands since January 2012. (
The home appliance manufacturers association representing many space heater manufacturers issues safety tips at heatersafety. org. Tip No.
2: Do not leave the operating heater unattended, always unplug the heater when not in use. )
Most electric space heaters have a maximum power of 1,500 watts, but they have different heating chambers depending on the technology.
There are four basic types of space heaters: fan heaters, ceramics, infrared and oil-filled. Old-
The school fan heater is the cheapest, but the efficiency is usually the lowest.
Still, for on-site heating (
In an office or small room, for example)
They are effective.
In order to get more features and more efficient technology, you need to pay more.
For example, the ceramic heater pushes the air over the heated ceramic material.
They can fully heat typical bedrooms and manufacturers are increasingly building these units with technical additions
No ons were found in the fan heater in yore.
Honeywell digital ceramic tower heater with motion sensor (
Model HCE323V, $80)
, Whenever anything is idle for more than six seconds within a few inches of it, it turns off.
This is a great option for those with children or pets who may stay too close.
With the more adequate
Honeywell\'s ceramic tower has an oscillating fan, timer, remote control, temperature display and \"eco\" settings to keep the motor at a lower power when the temperature reaches the specified level.
Durongji ceramic tower (
On the other hand, it looks smoother than the other traditional towers I \'ve tried.
It also emits good heat and has additional features that others offer.
Of the four ceramic heaters I \'ve tried, Honeywell and DeLonghi have significantly louder sounds but are not irritating.
Lasco ceramic tower (30 inch)
Model CT30750, $70)
A few inches higher than Honeywell, slightly better than the heat from other products I \'ve tried.
It has a nice, quiet fan.
It won\'t turn off automatically at the end, like the other ceramic heaters I tested, but Inger Dietrich Heller, marketing director at Lasko, says it will turn off when it\'s overheating.
She wrote in an email: \"If the inlet or output area of the heater is blocked, the power of the heating element is automatically reduced to reduce the level of the thermal output,\" adding, the heater does not have enough heat to ignite combustible materials.
Dyson AM09 is almost as quiet as Lasko and gives off similar heat, but it is much more refined than its competitors.
For example, the other ceramic tower heaters I tried had two or three fan settings, while Dyson had 10 fan settings.
Unlike others, AM09 not only oscillates, but also tilts, allowing you to guide the airflow to cover a wide or narrow path, which is useful for those who want more targeted heating
Is it really worth $450? Not necessarily.
These devices may sprout like many white hairs in the executive office and conference rooms, but if the goal is to cut your heating costs, if you buy Dyson, it will take longer to recover the initial fee.
In the third category of infrared heaters, you can expect to pay about $100 to $200, and you can also expect more heat than the ceramic tower.
Infrared heaters are also quieter and shorter in shape, and many now have modern finishes and styles that blend into furniture.
These heaters usually have a heating chamber that is far enough inside the unit to prevent accidental skin burns, and the air stays long enough to collect some powerful heat before leaving.
Many new versions have touch features
Although they do not oscillate like ceramic heaters, save settings, timers, etc.
But the unit I tested worked well in a larger room and was quieter than the ceramic tower.
Jeramy Bagozzi, director of grill heating and cooling Sales at Lowe\'s, said infrared heaters have become more and more popular over the past five years.
\"This is where we see a lot of growth in this category,\" he said . \".
I have tried Honeywell myenergy smart infrared heater (model HZ-980, $219. 99)
And the smart heater in the Holmes room with WeMo ($150).
I found that Honeywell produced more heat than Holmes, even though the sound was bigger.
This is not entirely surprising because Honeywell\'s maximum power is 1,500 watts, compared to Holmes\'s maximum power of 1,000 watts.
Both can work through the remote control and Holmes can be controlled when you are very far away as it works with the mobile app.
If you\'re comfortable ignoring industry warnings about not leaving the space heater unattended and want to start it on your way home, this could be a useful feature.
This is also useful if you forget to turn off the appliance.
Final main category of space heaters, oil-
Fill the radiator for patients who like to be quiet and heated in larger rooms.
It will take a while for them to heat, but once they do, they generate a lot of heat.
Nevertheless, these devices often lack fans, so hot air will circulate according to the air mode of the room, and you may not feel the heat immediately unless you are very close.
Newer models such as DeLonghi 1,500-
Watt digital oil
Portable heater filled with radiant electricity ($130)
, Provide more accurate electronic control than cheap (and older)models.
I bought a pel oil.
Radiator Heater (model HO-0221, $50)
Earlier this year, it found that although it produced strong heat, it was slower than that of DeLonghi heating the room.
The digital display and housing of DeLonghi has adopted a modern design in the retro radiator concept.
It looks almost smooth in my opinion.
Does Bond look like home in a movie or conference room? Maybe not.
But unlike its ancestors, it has nothing to shout \"trolls.