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Hands down, Lasko designer series ceramic space heater is one of the most unique looking space heaters you’ll ever see. It looks more like an ancient Grecian urn than a space heater, and looks good in nearly every décor. But its good looks belie a powerful heater with some really great features.
All of the features are controlled from the top of the heater with a push panel that looks sort of like one of those Simon Says digital games. You can set the timer so that your heater will run for up to 7 hours before shutting off. You can also set the thermostat anywhere from 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 85 degrees Fahrenheit at five degree increments.
This electric space heater uses 1500 watts to generate heat and with the optional oscillation, spreads the ceramic based radiant heat all around the room. It also has a fan to supplement the radiant heat with forced convection heat to make your room more comfortable.
One of the best things about this heater is the remote control. It’s a small six-button remote that lets you control every feature of the heater from your bed or your chair without getting up. Want to pause oscillation so you can feel the heat wash over you? Press the center button. Ready to go to sleep and don’t want to set the timer? Press the power button. More heaters should have remote controls
This Lasko heater has a cool to the touch exterior and has the two standard safety features you want and expect. If the heater is tipped over, or if it gets overheated, it will automatically shut off and wait for you to reset it before it turns back on.
What is Convection Heating?
Convection heating is one of the three ways that heat moves (the other two being radiation and conduction). Basically, heat uses some fluid as a mechanism for carrying energy from point A to point B. In this case, air and the many air molecules in it, is considered a fluid. The air picks up the energy from the heater and is blown around the room, transferring that energy to other colder air until the entire room is at the same temperature.
One of the advantages to convection heating over radiant heating is that you don’t have to be in front of the heater to feel warm. Because it heats the air, you are warmed by the actual ambience rather than by the heater. This also means that you will feel comfortable lounging around in shorts and a t-shirt. Because the room is warm, you are warm.
A disadvantage to convection heat is that warming the air makes it feel drier, which can aggravate you if you have asthma, allergies, or a cold. That is because our comfort is determined by the relative humidity level and not the actual humidity level. So as the air warms and it gains the ability to hold more moisture, but still has the same amount, the relative humidity plummets, making your nostrils dry out.
You can combat this by using a room humidifier, but as the room gets colder when you turn off the space heater, you’ll get moisture condensing on cold surfaces. It’s a small price to pay, but one you should be aware of.
Pros and Cons
Here is a short list of the pros and cons of this space heater so you can get an idea of the primary reasons you should get it and why you might look at another space heater.
● Looks great with a classic look
● Powerful heating with an oscillation feature that will warm a large room and keep it warm
● 6-foot power cord gives versatile placement options
● Remote control allows full control from the comfort of your chair
● Great heating
● This doesn’t have a fan-only option
● Only comes in one color
This Lasko space heater is a great selection for the discerning buyer who wants a heater that doesn’t look like a space heater. With a unique form factor that sits in a ring base, most people won’t even realize what it is until you turn it on. It generates a lot of heat and with the powerful fan, can distribute convection heat quickly to all corners of a room. It’s a shame that there isn’t a fan-only option, but you can’t have everything.