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Old 01-20-2015, 10:50 PM   #29
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Tried it, no air circulation.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:01 AM   #30
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Factory reconditioned Dyson AM04 Hot and Cool Fans are on WOOT today if you hurry. 149.99, 5.00 shipping. 13 hours left as of 10:00 AM MST
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Old 12-05-2015, 01:39 PM   #31
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'Tis the season to stay warm and cozy!

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There are many good quality space heaters available. Units with fans are the most efficient in moving the heat around. Insure that your heater has UL approval, a tip-over sensor and shutoff, and a case that protects young fingers...
Our Airstream trailer's furnace and heat pump are way too noisy and inefficient for us.

We have been very pleased with the Vornado AVH2 Whole Room Vortex Heater for the past several years.

It is efficient, quiet and cool to the touch while moving warmed air around throughout our trailer.

Note: Accumulated dust and dog hairs can set off the smoke detector when first turning on the heater. So we have learned to turn on the rear Fan-Tastic [exhaust] Fan for a minute while we hold and turn on the heater towards the fan. After about 30 seconds, the burnt dust and hair smell is gone and the heater is good to go!

See how we used it in "A desert homecoming" two weeks ago.

The video below shows how the Vornado Vortex Heater can heat an entire room without using intense heat and remain cool to the touch.

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Old 12-05-2015, 02:53 PM   #32
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another vote for the Vornado. We use it in our sunroom when not camping in cool weather.

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Old 12-05-2015, 07:46 PM   #33
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:25 PM   #34
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Another happy Vornado user. Fan is quiet and thermostat works great.
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:35 PM   #35
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I've looked at these in the past and have wondered what the Vornado does differently than a much less expensive ceramic unit? Is the method for distributing heat that much better?
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Old 12-06-2015, 12:50 PM   #36
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Most Vornado models use a nearly silent fan that gently circulates slightly warm air, as opposed to regular space heaters that have noisy fans that intermittently blast hot air. The Vornado quietly spreads heat throughout a room without creating hot/cold areas and strong drafts.

We use the air conditioner heat strip (we don't have the heat pump model) and/or the propane furnace to heat our Bambi up fast, then use the Vornado to maintain a comfortable temperature.

The low setting (750 watts) and appropriate thermostat setting will maintain 60-70 degrees on nights when the outside temperature dips to freezing. However, below 35 degrees, some additional heat (from the furnace or air conditioner/heat pump) may need to be added, occasionally, if you like interior temps of 70-75.

Our Vornado allows us to maintain a comfortable temperature inside without the intermittent noise of the air conditioner or furnace blower turning on.
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:28 PM   #37
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I may have to give the Vornado a try. Right now I use two of the 1500 watt ceramic heaters (one at the front and one at the rear), and they do a good job of keeping things warm. However, the heat they put out often feels too hot. It sounds like this may be where the Vornado excels.
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:31 PM   #38
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Do you find the Vornados with a digital thermostat do a good job of maintaining an accurate temp, or do you find the temp reading may be off due to the unit sitting on the floor?
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:38 PM   #39
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We have a Vornado model where the thermostat has numbers ranging from 1 to 7. After a little experimenting, we found that a setting of 2 keeps the temperature around 65 degrees and 2-1/2 equals about 70, as measured by the electronic thermometer in our wall clock.

The Vornado works better on the floor, because heat rises. When running, it draws in cold air from the floor and spreads warm air across the room.

If you place the unit on the table or counter, the area near the floor remains chilly.

By using only the low (750 watt) setting on the Vornado, we can also run the air conditioner heat strip, or microwave, or Bunn coffee brewer (similar to Keurig) at the same time as the heater. However, ALL of these devices can NOT be run simultaneously; as the load will exceed 30 amps.
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Great article and rating in the current Consumer Reports on space heaters

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we've been very pleased with our Dyson, actually surprised on how great a job it really does. We had purchased a rebuilt unit, it arrived and would not run, called Dyson and they replaced it with a brand new unit, and I would like to add with outstanding customer service
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I use the Dyson hot+cool in the winter for heat & fan in the summer. I've been pleased with it.

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