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There’s something nice and calming about a fireplace, but they aren’t the best way to heat a home, what with all the heat being sucked up through the chimney. That’s why this Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Space Heater is a great compromise. It combines the look and ambience of a wood burning stove with the thermal output of a space heater. And best of all, you don’t have to chop wood to get warm.
This heater provides 5200 BTUs of thermal output in one of the most efficient space heaters and can heat a medium sized room easily. It uses an infrared quartz element to provide heat gently to the room without using forced air convection heat. This helps to warm the room and elements without raising the ambient temperature which preserves the relative humidity of your room, keeping you comfortable.
The exterior of the unit is made of a heat resistant material that remains cool to the touch. The heater is also easily movable and only weighs about 30 pounds. It’s also not that big, requiring only about 13 inches by 24 inches of floor space.
One of the nicest things is that you can run the fireplace without turning on the heat. So if you just want the ambience and mood, you can have it. There are even five different brightness levels that allow you to set the mood perfectly to what you want it to be.
It comes with a fully functional remote that allows you to control all aspects of the heater without getting up from the couch.
There are the standard safety features, such as tip-over and overheat protection that automatically turns off the heater if it is knocked over or gets too hot. However, there is one additional safety feature that is worth mentioning. This heater has a temperature monitor in the plug that will also turn off the heater if it detects that the plug is getting too hot as well.
What is Relative Humidity?
When it comes to comfort during the winter, one of the worst feelings is how dry the air feels at times. The feeling of your nose drying out and cracking sends people scrambling for the humidifier. That comfort level is dependent on relative humidity.
Relative humidity is actually a ratio of how much moisture your air has compared to how much moisture it can hold. But as air gets colder, it can hold less moisture. Conversely, as the air gets warmer, it can hold more moisture. So if you warm the air, then as the total amount of moisture in the air stays the same, relative humidity drops.
What happens here is that then because of osmosis and how water strives to find a balance, the drier air starts to leech moisture from you. That water sees that the air can hold more moisture and evaporates and leaves your mucus membranes feeling dry and crackly.
What Does This Have to Do With Space Heaters?
Space heaters generally use two different methods of heating your room. One is infrared, like this Duraflame fireplace space heater, and the other is convection, like a typical unit that has a fan.
With convection heaters, they warm up your room by heating the air, which as we just discussed will drive the relative humidity down. So while a convection heater is less directional and is the method of heating that a lot of people prefer, it can make the air feel more dry.
Infrared heating, on the other hand, is directional heat that doesn’t rely on warming the air to make things warmer. Instead the thermal radiation travels until it runs into something, which it then warms up. That something can be the wall or it can be you, sitting across the room, basking in the warmth.
One drawback to infrared heating is that it only warms the side that is facing the heater. Think of how a real fire warms you up. The side facing the fire is toasty warm, but the side facing away is left out in the cold. However, if you’re sitting in a chair or snuggled up on the couch, this isn’t really an issue.
Pros and Cons
Space heaters are a purchase that require a bit of thought. So here are some pros and cons to help you determine at a glance if this space heater will be right for you.
● Awesome fireplace ambience with five different brightness levels
● 5200 BTUs of thermal output
● Adjustable thermostat
● Infrared heater without a forced air component means it is super quiet
● Three different safety features for enhanced safety
● Infrared heat is directional heat
● Unit is larger than smaller ceramic forced air heaters
If you have the room, this Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Space Heater provides a terrific level of ambience with an impressive amount of heat output. This is a great infrared heater at a reasonable price with awesome safety features that will let you use this without worry.