What the others said.
But a cupla more points:
Although this unit is f'sure $350+ overpriced, and electricity is indeed
usually the more expensive way to go vs. other energy sources, it can be
economical in the sense that electricity allows near-infinite *zoning*
one room, or even *part*
of a room at a time, for heat.
Pure radiant heaters (parabolic dish) are the best for that--Sam's club,
rel. low wattages, about $39.
Yeah, free shipping.... oh please.....
A lower overall temperature of a unit *might*
reduce the temp. differential
between floor and ceiling, but proly not a lot. Better is the radiant
(parabolic dish) heaters, or even radiant (glow) gas heaters, or ribbon
forced air space heaters (often noisy), or how bout this novel idea:
Ceiling fans are useful in the winter as well as the summer, put'em in
reverse, on low. Esp on high ceilings.
Oil-filled units are a relatively low temperature as well (cain't quite sit
on them, but...), and therefore safe.
I notice that the ad literature doesn't give watts or current (sheeit, the
pics don't even show an *electric cord*
--it wasn't until this thread I even
KNEW they were electric!!), which would then allow direct comparison to a
normal space heater.
*Watts is all you need*
to validly compare the heating ability of electric
You can heat up a room just as well with a bunch of *bulbs*
, be they
incandescant or fluorescant--just get the watts up.
In fact, that is how I heat parts of the house/shop in the winter--lotsa
lites, ceiling fans.
In the summer, I'm always squinting.... :)
You yourself are good for 60-75 watts! Which is why a roomful of people is
so uncomfortable--hot air notwithstanding. :)
The point about high-wattage heaters being tough on the wiring is an
excellent point, esp in older houses (cloth #14 wires), and shittily built
new houses. 1500 Watts is about 12.5 amps, right close to the 15 A limit of
What's nice about regular space heaters, esp. oil-filled and the parabolic
glow, is they have two or 3 heat ranges. The oil filled are almost always
600, 900, 1500 watts (5 amps, 7.5 amps, 12.5 amps), and others are varying,
say 800/1200, or 750/1500, etc. I always use the lowest setting. The wife
always uses the highest. :( constant battle.... Ahm thinkin of
re-wiring that heater so that 600 watts is on every switch setting. :) :)
Another big scam w/ electric heaters is the "100 % efficient" claim.
is 100% efficient in terms of *conversion to heat*
INCLUDING gas/oil--IF you were to combust them w/ no venting. The
inefficiencies in gas/oil arise because of the requirement for venting,
where heat then literally goes up the chimbley.
So-called ventless gas heaters, while also being "100% efficient", are
awful, imo--high water vapor, distinct fumes--you can always tell when they
are on. I, of course, bought two. :(
Dehumidifiers, and steam-based humidifiers, also put out good heat, and can
help quite a bit by maintaining proper moisture levels--a bigger deal than
Mr. P.V.\'d (formerly Droll Troll), Yonkers, NY
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