WindChaser Oscillating Tabletop Infrared Parabolic Heater
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- 2 heat settings: 625 and 1250 watts
- Wide-angle oscillation
- Energy-saving far infrared technology
- Dual overheat safety devices
- 16 inches in diameter
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This tabletop heater from WindChaser heats up a chilly room at the rate of 400 Btu per hour and distributes warm air with the wide-angle oscillation of its 16-inch head. A 1250-watt unit, the heater is handy in cold corners of the home, work spaces, or enclosed porches. It uses far-infrared heat for speedy, energy-efficient results and includes two heat settings--625 and 1250 watts--for quick heat or gradual warming. The heater is controlled with convenient dial switches, one for power level and one for oscillation, and includes indicator lights so you can see at a glance if its on. The multiple safety devices are also reassuring--they include a safety tip-over switch, an overheat protection light, and overheat shut-off. Easy to transport, the heater disassembles partly to simplify storage. --Emily Bedard
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The day WindChaser decided to design the connection for the body and the head/motor, all their engineers were out playing golf. There are 4 screws that you use to connect the head assembly to the body, screws that don't seem to be metal, and when you set these screws in the holes you can't get at them to tighten them. I tried a stubby Phillips and about 1" above the screws is a plastic shelf that blocks straight down access. I wound up having to use a Phillips screwdriver bit and some pliers.
Secondly when I pulled the WindChaser out of the box the plastic was cheaper and more flimsy that I'd have hoped. However, it's not like I'm going to be playing contact sports with it either so for what it's designed for it works fine.
I really do think this heater rocks. On the low setting you can feel heat from 6' or so away. On the high setting you can feel heat 10' or so away. This thing really puts off the heat ! I've tried it several times on high and have to turn it down after a few minutes. And the feel of the heat is wonderful. It feels as if you're in front of a roaring campfire. If you had a tape playing of campfire noise, and this thing in front of you with your eyes closed, you'd swear that it was a real fire. It's soothing and comforting and just wonderful.
The noise.... What noise ?! When you have it in oscillation mode it's freaky, you expect to hear a fan going, but it's seemingly dead quiet as it pans the room. Very cool.
Another thing that has amazed me is that the wire protection frame on the front of the dish...only gets warm. I can't figure it out. Even after it's been on a long time on the low setting I can touch the grate and expect it to be really hot because of the high heat it's emitting and the grate is just warm. This was a pleasant surprise since I have 3 little kids. After the unit has been on for a while I can touch every part of it and nothing is hot ! Which gives me wonderful peace of mind. To burn yourself you'd have to stick your fingers through the grate.
So, in conclusion, I would highly recommend this heater. The silence of it and the feel of the heat coming off the dish is well worth the price of admission.
The four screws for securing the head of the heater to the stand of it also take some figuring-out to tighten. If you turn the head of the heater away from the hole you're inserting the screw into, it'd be pretty easy to tighten the screw with only a Phillips screwdriver.
Of course, the manual would be more user-friendly if the aforementioned two points were spelled out clearly in it. In addition, it would be helpful to know more about the unit, such as the wavelength of the far-infrared the manufacture claims to use on this unit. Having researched on the benefits of far infrared and the high price tag usually associated with heaters that use it, I was quite suspicious about the unit due to the relatively low price. So far, I still don't have the means to verify whether it's true far infrared or not. If it is, then it's an incredible buy!
Regardless, I'm feeling happy about this purchase as it's doing its job -- keeping me warm. To me, this heater feels better than a fire place, with similar kind of heat, but absolutely hassle free - no smoke, no noise, and the air is not dried. When I am reading, I like to use it on the low setting and put it about three feet from me on the floor. It feels just cozy. I was raised in southeast Asia, where it's warm almost throughout the year. You get the idea what it means to me to be cozy in winter time in Indiana!
Overall, I highly recommend this unit!
Now, after two months, I can report with absolute certainty. Our electric bill did increase, but only about $15/mo. Our gas, on the other hand, went DOWN, yes down, $65.00!!! We've never had gas bill this low since we've owned the house.
We keep the WindChaser in the living room and it's like sitting in front of a fireplace. In fact, my partner jokes with our friends that they should come over and we'll "have a fire".
We've tried every imaginable type of heater, some in excess of $500.00, but this little thing is the BOMB! We recommend it without whole heartedly.