Here in New England the occurrence of Labor Day is like flipping a huge switch from summer to fall, even if summer is still in full swing. That’s because we all know the heating season is right around the corner and it’s time to examine the heating budget for another winter.
One of the ways to save money on your heating bill is through the efficient use of space heaters. But it really helps to know exactly what type of space heater best suits your needs before you buy so you won’t be disappointed when you plug it in.
The type of electric heater someone purchases usually depends on a combination of the following factors: Tolerance for noise, the number of people you’re trying to keep warm, room size, and safety. In this article the focus will be on quiet space heaters.
The number one complaint about space heaters, by a wide margin, is noise. What makes an electric heater noisy is the fan, so if you eliminate the fan, you eliminate the noise.
Here are four examples of highly rated, quiet, fan-less heaters.
On the low end of the power scale is the New Air AH 400. As the model number implies, it has a maximum output of 400 watts. This is a flat panel, oil filled heater that works best for small areas such as under a desk or in your cubicle at work.
The low wattage and heat retention properties of the heating medium (oil) allow the New Air to operate at a cost of about 4½ ¢ per hour.
The next suggestion is the Soleus Air MS 09. Two heat settings of 400 and 800 watts and on demand oscillating (side to side) motion enable the Soleus to heat an area slightly larger than the New Air. The radiant heat source provides almost instantaneous heat and the dish shaped reflector concentrates the heat exactly where you want it.
The Soleus Air is a good choice for work benches, computer stations, or any setting where you want to heat just a couple of people and not the entire room.
The next two silent operators are both from DeLonghi. One is the Delonghi TRD0715T Safe Heat Oil Filled Radiator and other is the DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica-Panel Heater.
The DeLonghi HHP 1500 has a sleek wall hugging design with removable casters for wall mounting away from kids and pets (hardware included).
Although it isn’t mentioned in the standard product description, it’s interesting to note that the DeLonghi flat panel mica heater actually employs a precise amount of oil as the heating medium.
Two heat settings and an adjustable thermostat with a maximum output of 1500 watts qualify this heater for whole room use up to 150 square feet.
The Delonghi TRD0715T Safe Heat Oil Filled Radiator is just one of 13 radiator style heaters offered by DeLonghi. All have variable heat settings up to 1500 watts plus an adjustable thermostat.
Oil filled radiator heaters are recognized by most colleges and universities as the safest type of space heater and are often specified as the only acceptable method for heating dormitory rooms.
In addition to quiet operation, all of the products mentioned here also utilize a radiant heat source. Radiant heat is, by nature, a non-drying form of heat. Also, any heater without a fan won’t stir up dust and air born allergens.