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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2012
ProFusion Heat Quartz Combo Heater - 5200 BTU, 1500 Watts, Model# BSW1500.

I bought this heater from NT and had it shipped directly to their store to save the shipping charges. It replaces a Patton POH397 that works but is noisy enough to annoy my wife. The ProFusion is silent. It has four heating elements that are turned on sequentially. That's how it increases through four power settings from 375 watts up to 1500 watts.

For example, in February, the outside temperature is 52 and it is raining. The rest of the house is 65 with the house heater on. The ProFusion heated a 12 x 12 study with a vaulted ceiling to 75 degrees in a couple of hours. It held 75 degrees in the room on the lowest setting (one element) with two people, lights, a computer running, and the door closed. I used this unit for a couple of hours (or more) every day for a month and it worked perfectly for that time (and still works, I just don't need it with winter over).

The competition - Patton POH397.

The Patton generates a continuous 53 db of noise at 5 feet, after it warms up. A search on decibels describes this amount of sound as somewhere between a refrigerator (50db) and normal conversation (60db). When my wife verbalizes her perception of the noise my sound pressure level immediately reaches the threshold of pain, and often results in temporary hearing loss.

For the first 5 years, the heater wouldn't run on high power for more than 15 minutes before the overheating safety switch tripped. Now, 5 years later, after being used for an hour a day every winter, the bulbs are getting tired, and the heater will run all day on high as long as the room temperature is below 70F. At this point it is probably not generating the full 1500 watts, but I don't have a test to confirm the output.

Comparison of the Patton and the ProFusion

The heaters were placed 3' apart and 3' away from the tester. Both heaters were on high, and this is very subjective, at this setting the Patton feels a little warmer, maybe 10 - 25%. With the Patton on low, and the ProFusion still on high, reverse the percentage in favor of the ProFusion. The big difference is the Patton fan pushes warm air further out the front. The ProFusion radiates about half the heat out the front, and about half the heat rises out the top (actually cold air sinks and pushes the warm air up, but that is a different exercise).

The photos were taken in a fairly dark room to show the heat of the elements. The photos are focused on the ProFusion in order to show the Patton relative to the ProFusion because the Patton bulbs have a low and a high power, whereas the ProFusion on high uses all four elements. Its bulbs don't have a brighter or dimmer power setting.

For me, the choice between the two depends on whether you want to sit further away and can tolerate some noise (the Patton) or must have silence and can sit closer (the ProFusion).

To determine whether or not a portable space heater will provide the heat you need, compare the BTU generated by this heater to other heat sources. I reviewed a 30,000 btu natural gas space heater, and for a rough order of magnitude, the house has a two stage heater of 60,000 btu and 100,000 btu. The total heat generated by this unit is considerably less than the house heater, but 1500 watts is pretty much the maximum for a plug in space heater. It keeps a closed room comfortable on a moderately cool day, and if you're right in front of it, it feels like a heat lamp.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2014
Bought this heater last winter. Used it sporadically during that winter and worked OK. Didn't heat a room as well as previous people have written, but it was OK - my dog liked lying in front of it. Now halfway through this winter it quit working for some unknown reason. It just won't turn on, even after I tried various outlets. So it really lasted only 1 winter before it quit working. So I give it 3 stars for its performance when it was working, but only 1 star for longevity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2011
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We used this heater all of last winter (and it was a cold one!) Very quiet, well built, and heats a small area quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
I live in an Apt where cheap carpets have been installed. I've used radiator type, micathermic, fan heaters,etc. All of them either emitted chemicals from their plastic materials or off gassed interacting with the carpets creating allergic reactions, odd smells,dry air,etc. This design is one of the few that emit very low off gassing due to its mostly metal and quartz tube design. My daughter can sleep with this heater on without taking allergy pills. I also like my EdenPure for very low emissions, but not the fan in it.Multiple heat settings make it perfect for small to medium rooms.Can't beat the price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2012
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This is a solid heater that puts out enough heat for my husbands small shop, 10X30. It is big enough to stand in front of it to warm, but not imposing in size. We are happy with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
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I have purchased MANY space heaters and am always disappointed. Shoddy construction, loud and poor heat distribution.
This is the best. No assembly required, rolls easily, lots of heat settings and heats up a large living room.
I love the red glow - great ambience.
I bought one, liked it so much, I bought another.
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on May 20, 2013
I've own mine for 3 seasons now. Its quiet and works good. Its by far the best space heater I've ever owned. What I like about it is the 4 settings. I've never used the highest setting since I've owned it. It will save you money. I have another fan model I have to clean out at the end of the season , something I really don't trust is that dust build up on the fan. I will buy another of these profusions for next winter. Do yourself a favor if you live in a mobile and insulate all windows you don't use. Also if you have south or west facing windows with allot of sun make your own solar heaters for those windows. They will pay for themselves in the first season. I've knocked 1/3 off my winter heating bills by doing those simple money saving things.
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on May 20, 2013
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My room is very cold when it rains.
so I need to buy a heater. that is good enough to warm up my bed room.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2012
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I bought this heater because a female came into my office and told me that she bought one and that it heated most of her house... LIES!!! This heater does not heat one single room in a single wide.. So sorry I wasted money on this peice of trash. I would not recommmend it to anybody..
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