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Electric Heaters: There are many different types of portable electric heaters, some more suitable for RVs than others. Their power consumption generally is between 300 and 1500 watts. (The 1500 watt upper limit arises because this is about the most power that can be drawn from a standard 15 amp household circuit that is also shared with up to 300 watts of other typical household uses.)

This Model (HC-451)is still available (Current price about $70), 14 years after I bought mine, which says something about its quality and popularity. There are also several other very similar models, differing slightly in features. o gastro Model HF-N has added a low power mode (at about the same price) – it can be switched to a 600 watt maximum output. Model 461 is similar but has added a fifth ceramic disk, for a little more money. It is still 1500 watts. This provides more air flow with less fan power, perhaps making it a bit quieter. There are other very similar models, some of them marketed only throught a specific chain of stores. c gastronomie mariage Some models now have a "fan-only" mode. Make sure the model you buy says "electronic thermostat" – this is an important feature.

The heater I have contains a coil of glowing wire at the focus of a shiny parabolic reflector which focuses the red and infrared radiation into a beam extending out from the front. It has a convenient stand that lets you tilt the beam up and down as well as side-to-side, so you can point it at your favorite tv-watching or reading chair. A substantial part of the heat is absorbed directly by your body rather than heating the whole room. electricity examples It feels like sitting in front of an open fireplace or standing next to a red-hot potbelly wood stove. As a result, you can feel toasty warm in a rather cool room. I love it. It feels good and saves energy. It’s only 800 watts, but it can warm me up quicker than heating the whole room with a 1500 watt heater. m gasol The stand has a little motor that can oscillate the beam from side to side, but I never use that feature.

The Big, Expensive, Electric Heaters: We are often bombarded with newspaper and television advertising for big, heavy, impressive-looking electric heaters (BEEH), some with hand-finished hardwood decorator cabinets, and all claiming to be dramatically better in some way. EdenPure is one of the most advertised brands, but there are many others. electricity word search answer key Many of the owners of such products extol their advantages with almost religious zealotry. In spite of their size, the BEEH’s range from 500 to 1500 watts, the same heat output as the small inexpensive heaters.

A year ago, I decided to look more closely at these BEEH products. I read and studied a bunch of their literature, and read many reviews and evaluations on the Internet. k electric bill I acquired two different BEEH models from EdenPure (sent to me free by the company, who would like to sell more product into the RV market which they had previously ignored, and was presumably hoping for my favorable review in the article you are reading now). I watched Bob Vila’s videos about the EdenPure BEEH. I kept these products around the house for almost a year, using them in various conditions in several different rooms.

Underlying much of the overblown advertising hype about BEEHs are two obvious truths: (a) A lot of older homes have obsolete, inefficient, leaky, poorly insulated, central forced-air heating systems. In such homes, the cost of running local electric heating may compare favorably to the running cost of the central system; and (b) In almost any home, you can reduce heating costs by keeping most of the house cooler and heating only the area currently being occupied. Most of the claims about saving money with BEEHs can be traced to one of these factors. electricity billy elliot karaoke with lyrics While true, these facts are just as true for a $30 heater as for a $300 one. (Remember: the BEEH’s and the cheap heaters are all exactly 100% efficient in converting electricity to heat). For most RVers (who rarely use their RV in very cold weather and use electric heaters only occasionally for a bit of warmth on a cool evening or morning), convenience, initial cost of the product, and compact storage are more important than the cost of electricity or propane.

One difference between a typical BEEH and a typical $30 cube heater is that the BEEH has a larger but lower rpm fan (sometimes, a centrifigul blower) which may be quieter and which emits a large amount of slowly moving warm air, whereas the cube heater emits a smaller volume of hotter, faster moving, air. The BEEH proponents claim that their slower, cooler, air has less tendency to collect at the ceiling compared to the cube heater (presumably giving greater comfort and less heat loss through the ceiling). Warmer air certainly does collect at the ceiling (which is one reason we install ceiling fans in high-ceiling rooms at home), but I very much doubt that this effect is measurably different for a BEEH vs. a cube heater. And it’s largely irrelevant to an RVer anyway.

• Both BEEHs are quieter than a typical cube heater, but not by a lot. The 900 watt Gen 3 Personal Heater, in addition to the rushing air noise, had a quiet but annoying high pitched whine. electricity in costa rica The Gen 4 1500 watt unit has a new fan design that is a bit quieter. The Pelonis, when its full output isn’t needed, settles to a lower fan speed and would be comparable in noise to the BEEH.

• The Gen 4 BEEH has an electronic thermostat for improved temperature accuracy and less hysteresis, but it cycles between two power levels (500 watt, 1500 watt) rather than having a continuously variable power like the Pelonis. The Gen 3 Personal BEEH has a mechanical thermostat and on-off cyclic behavior like most cube heaters. (a Gen 4 Personal heater is now available and has the electronic thermostat – which I believe switches between two power levels like the Big Gen 4).

Summary: I find both EdenPure heaters to be solidly built, probably reliable and long-lived. The noise levels are acceptable but not exceptional. The controls are a bit less convenient than the other two cube heaters. But the overriding factors are that both are far too large for convenient use and storage in a typical RV, and both cost far more than can be justified in comparison to other heaters.