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Old 07-30-2014, 05:29 PM   #1
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Ceramic Heaters

Planning to live in our AS for the winter months around Joshua Tree National Forest. Will be some cool nights. Any recommendations on ceramic heaters?
We will have electric and would like to save on our propane usage.


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Old 07-30-2014, 06:04 PM   #2
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Consumer Reports rates the Vornado TVH500/AVH2 $150/$100 highly for heating whole areas versus spot heating. Also rated highly are the Dyson AM05 $400 , Holmes HMH436 $40. Prices are MSRP. Have a Dyson AM05 and it heats up the place (got it on a flash sale). My opinion is that if it has a fan, you don't need much. Just choose one with a quiet fan. Another consideration is that some have a cool fan option too.

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When in southern Arizona in winter months we use a Dyson AM04 (bought at big discount) and an electric blanket.
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We have an earlier model Vornado that we purchased two years ago. (I am fairly certain that the latest model only differs in the shape of the plastic fan housing, and the arrangement of the buttons and knobs.) Ours works well and is nearly silent. However, many reviews say that it doesn't get hot.

If you consider buying a Vornado, be aware that they are designed to disperse heat over an entire room; and you won't get a concentrated hot blast coming out of the front of the fan housing. Lukewarm air, only a few degrees warmer than the ambient room temperature, slowly warms up an area without creating any strong hot or cold drafts.

If you need a hot blast of air to quickly warm your Airstream, it's best to use the furnace, air conditioner auxiliary heat strip or heat pump to get things started, then use the Vornado to maintain the desired temperature. It's much quieter, and you won't feel any big temperature swings as it cycles on and off.
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Vornado heaters are a very smart choice if you want one large room to be warm and free of cold drafts. We live in a 1915 farmhouse with only the kitchen modernized (insulated) and we've gone through six or eight of them in the last ten years to keep the kitchen toasty warm and friendly, pick one or two up at end-of-season closeouts every other year.

However those less expensive ones do not have a long life built in, it's refurbish them every fall. They pick up lint and pet hair easily since they move such a high volume of air; it's open the case and clean everything plus oil-grease the cheap fan motor bushings regularly. If you do not keep it clean and oiled it will slow down the fan which triggers the safety heat limiter when the heating coils get a little hotter than designed. The heating coil stand-offs are not water friendly so it's artists paint brush only cleaning, and a few of the ones we had did not stand getting kicked by normal walking when they got clipped accidentally, the oversized low-temperature heating coils got dislodged and parts fell loose. Just remember to work the best they have to be placed low to intercept the coldest air hugging the floor so its easy to punt one around if you're preoccupied.

This spring I bagged up three of them to set out for trash, each with 1200 to 2000 hours on them... Just now I am wincing at the thought of being without one even though it's July as they truly give a luxurious warmth without having to fire up the natural gas furnace here.

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we use a Dyson AM04 (bought at big discount)
Yes, that is my model too, not an AM05. From what I read there isn't much difference anyway.

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