I don’t know about you, but I hate cold weather. Absolutely detest it. I will take a 110 degrees over 30 degrees a million times out of a million. So, having proper heat is quite important to me. But running the furnace for the whole house can get expensive when I spend most evenings in the bedroom or home office. Thus, having a great space heater is critical to my survival when it’s cold out. Here are my picks for the top 5 indoor space heaters:
When it comes to space heaters, Vornado leads the way. I love their heaters because they are powerful, virtually silent and cover a good area. The vortex air circulation created by the fan covers a room better than a typical fan. Most of their models will heat up to 120 degrees, are energy efficient and they come with a great warranty.
So, why do I love this particular model? It’s the features, and that is what separates the varying Vornado models. The TVH600 has an LED Touch Screen that allows you to adjust the temperature and fan speed. But, the coolest thing about the TVH600 is the remote! It has smart technology that measures the temperature at the remote, rather than the temperature at the unit, which may be across the room. That way, the unit is responding to the temperature where you are instead of the temperature around the unit. Finally, with a myriad of safety features, you can feel confident using this anywhere in your home without worrying about harming yourself or the youngins…
This is a favorite of some of the guys who work in the customer service call center here at the office. The Soleus Radiant Heater is great because it is silent and perfect for heating a smaller area like a desk or office. Also, because it only uses 7 Amps and 800 Watts on its high setting, you don’t have to worry about blowing out a circuit and causing a power outage in your department.
I hear the question in your head now, “What is a radiant heater?” Well, without getting all technical, radiant heat uses a reflector panel to focus instant halogen heat on a designated spot rather than the air. That is why it is great for a small area, like under your desk. Also, radiant heaters tend to be a bit safer than other heaters. This particular heater can be used either indoors or outdoors, making it perfect for enjoying a glass of wine on the patio on a cool autumn evening.
Perhaps one of the best looking heaters on the market, the Honeywell Oil Filled Digital Radiator Heater is also one of the most popular. With over 5,000 BTUs of heating power, this unit is perfect for larger rooms (20 x 20) or smaller areas, and is great in a bathroom. In addition, this unit comes with 4 casters, which makes it very easy to move from room to room. It’s made of heavy gauge steel with a black enamel finish, which means it will look good for a long time.
The way this heater works is like one of those old fashioned radiators you find in older buildings. You plug it in, and it heats the oil in the fin. The heat then radiates out of the unit and into the room. Don’t worry, the oil never needs to be replaced or filled. Plus, the heating element is concealed. Customers love this unit because it is very energy efficient and has easy to use digital LED controls. Now, one word of caution about this one; it can get warm to the touch. So if you have little ones, you will need to keep that in mind.
If you are like me, and detest do-it-yourself projects, then you will probably want to skip this one. But, if you are that person that is always in the garage looking to build or fix something, then perk up. This is the heater for you. The Soleus Electric Garage Heater is great for those who have turned their garage into their own workshop. This unit gives off over 17,000 BTU’s of heat, while only using 5,000 Watts (do the math and trust me when I say, that is great!). It has a fan driven motor to help cover areas up to 500 square feet. Plus, it can be wall mounted for a more permanent installation.
Now, unlike other heaters with all their fancy controls and displays, this one is perfect in its simplicity. You simply turn it on, and that’s it. The heater only has one setting, which is usually good in a garage. Also, this can be used on a covered patio or sun room, just keep in mind that the fan does make some noise.
Ok, so the “X” is not really a part of the model number. But, the American Comfort RedCor R-4 Combo Heater comes in three different colors, and they all have their own separate model number. But, more on that in a minute.
So, what makes this heater awesome is that it is a heater, air purifier and humidifier all in one. If you live in a dry climate, this is a perfect unit for you. The unit uses infrared heating, which basically means it converts the electricity into heat and then transfers that heat to the air. Because infrared heaters are so energy efficient, they are a favorite among those concerned about their carbon footprint. The air purification system on this particular unit runs independently of the heater, so you can use it year round. Now, I know what you are thinking. More stuff on the unit means more stuff to break. But, the heating element comes with a lifetime warranty, so you can be assured you will have this for a good long time. Plus, it comes on wheels so you can move it from room to room.
As I mentioned earlier, it comes in three colors, black with a stainless trim, all silver, or woodgrain with a stainless trim. All will look great in any room, but I am partial to the black and stainless. Whichever one you choose, you can be confident that you are making a good decision.
Hope this helps in your search for a heater. To quote a popular ad campaign, “Stay warm, my friends!”