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Sometimes you don’t need a large space heater that is going to heat your 1500 square foot home. Sometimes you just want a small personal space heater that will keep your hands warm while you type in your freezing office. That latter need is what this small Lasko MyHeat personal space heater is for.
First, this heater is tiny. It’s under six inches tall, and has a footprint that’s only about 4 inches by 4 inches. For a real world comparison, that’s about the size of your phone standing up. That small size is one of the best things about this heater.
This space heater doesn’t have multiple settings. You either have it on, or you have it off. There’s no thermostat, and there’s no timer like you might find in a fireplace space heater. There’s just a small ceramic infrared heater with forced air heat to keep you warm.
This MyHeat space heater does come in four different colors, which is neat. You can choose Black, White, Purple, or Blue. It is ETL listed to comply with the UL standards, and only uses 200 watts. That small power consumption means that there is not a lot of heat that will reach you if you’re more than a couple of feet away.
It is important to note that this unit does not have a tip-over safety function. So if it does fall over, it won’t turn itself off. It does have overheat protection, however. If you leave it running for a long time and it does overheat, it will shut off automatically.
Are Space Heaters Worth It?
A lot of people wonder if space heaters are worth the extra cost. After all, they could just turn up the thermostat and let their heating system keep them warm. That’s what it is there for, after all. But before you close this page and go turn your heat up, keep one thing in mind. Your heating system, whether it’s a heat pump or baseboard electric heat, is usually connected to one thermostat.
Why is that important? Your thermostat makes its decisions about how to heat your home based on the readings it gets from the area your thermostat is in. And if you put it in the hallway like many people, that room is going to determine how your home is heated.
On top of that, when your heating system runs, it’s heating the entire house. Think about that. You’re in one room, and you’re heating every single room in your house. But if you use a space heater, you can keep your thermostat low and just turn on a space heater in the room you are in.
We don’t have exact numbers, but the amount you would save is based on the price of electricity in your area. If you run a typical heater on high, it’s using 1500 watts. The average price per kilowatt hour in the US is 12 cents.
So it costs 18 cents per hour to run that heater on high. But you aren’t doing that. You’ll cycle it off and on, or use the thermostat function. But let’s say you run it for the 8 hours you’re home and awake on a weekday, that’s still 1.48 per day. Compare that to the efficiency of your heating system and what it costs to run it, and you can see how much you’ll save.
Pros and Cons
With small heaters, it’s difficult to know if the heater will suit your needs. That’s why we make a short list of pros and cons to let you see at a glance if you think something will work.
● Extremely small, roughly the size of your phone standing up
● Only uses 200 watts of power
● Provides great heat up close
● Does not have tip protection
● Must be really close to benefit from the heat
● No other features, just on or off.
As a bare bones personal heater, the Lasko MyHeat space heater is a great option when you just need something small that will keep your feet or your hands warm. There is significant heat drop off when you get farther than a foot away, but as long as you are aware of this space heater’s limitations and can work with them, it’s great in its own niche