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Very pleased with this heater.....
on November 13, 2015
I reserve 5 stars for really exceptional items, so that's the only reason I didn't give this a 5, and I couldn't give it a 4.5.
I received this in Sept. and hadn't had a need for it until recently. Here in southern MO the temp dropped down below freezing a couple of nights recently so I fired this heater up and prayed for the best. The only other source of heat was a DeLonghi EW7507EB oil radiator I purchased at the same time that I put in my bedroom (I'll review that on its page), the Lasko I placed in my living room.
This is an old drafty house with horribly leaky windows and doors, so I expected I might have to fire up the propane heater if it got too cold in here. My living room is a huge 13' x 40' open space, and the kitchen open off it at one end and a short hallway to the bathroom and second bedroom at the other (my work/storage room) which have no heating sources set up in them. I have the Lasko set up near the doorway to the bathroom hallway, and my computer area (where I live) is against the far wall, at the long end, at the opposite end of the room.
Come the first really bad night where I could feel a nip coming on in here, so I checked the thermometer outside and it was 28°, Daaaaauuuummmmn!
I turned the Lasko on and set it to 72°. After a couple of hours of running I could hear it periodically cycling on and off as it reached its temperature setting and shut down the heating element. And it was comfortably warm for me sitting at my computer at the opposite end of the room from the heater. In fact I just checked my outside thermometer and it's presently 30°. I have the Lasko set at 68° and I'm toasty warm and the heater is cycling.
The one reason I think people complain these heaters don't warm up the place is they forget: HEAT RISES. So if you have tall ceilings all your heat is collecting up there. I have a 8' suspended ceiling so it's not that high up, but the heat STILL collects on the ceiling. I don't sit on the ceiling. I have an oscillating fan in the opposite corner from the heater angled up towards the ceiling, set on low, to circulate the heat around the room. It works great. If you have a ceiling fan then you're even better set up. Here's a tip for the ceiling fan though: Reverse the spin so it blows upwards. This will force the heat collected up there to flow outward, down the walls, and across the room while sucking the cold air up. Also you don't have a breeze from the fan blowing on you. There's a switch on the housing of the fan to reverse the direction.
To sum up: I'm very satisfied with the performance of this heater. I was unsure if only having one would adequately heat this place, or whether they'd find my dogs feasting on my frozen corpse come spring, but I think I'm safe. I expect once I insulate these leaky windows and seal some major air leaks in this place this heater should suffice through the worst parts of winter. Sorry pups, I'm off the menu.
I've been using this heater for almost two weeks now. The nights have been dropping down to freezing and below most nights so I've been using this heater to keep warm in here.
I have to admit it's doing an admirable job so far. During the day the temp warms up, and the heater will shut off from its nightime setting, but I usually physically shut it off during the day. In the evening when I start to feel a little chill I'll turn the heater on, set it to 72°, and let it run for about an hour to collect a ball of heat above it near the ceiling. Then I'll turn on an oscillating fan angled up at the ceiling to circulate the heat. I can feel the warm air flowing around me and the temperature change in the room almost immediately. After a couple hours I can turn it down to 70° and it maintains a comfortable temp all evening. When I go to bed I'll set it to 68° and turn the oscillating fan off and it keeps the room warm through the night.
All in all a lot of heat from such a small package, and it's actually exceeding my expectations.