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5 people found this helpful
very good but very expensive
on 24 November 2013
I spend a little time at weekends looking after my old boat and at this time of year it can get very cold. Obviously it isn't insulated like a house would be and I tried halogen, ceramic bar and fan heaters and an oil filled radiator and they just ate electricity and were absolutely useless.
The Dyson AM05 looked nice and sounded just the job. I watched some Which? type consumer test videos etc on You Tube and read reviews and decided I really wanted it even though its wickedly expensive. I already have the AM01 fan at home and intend to keep it because on that you can set the fan speed far more precisely than the fan on this one which only has 4 set speeds.
It is a hungry beast (I watched on the eletricity meter while it alone was plugged in and going) but to be honest, after just 10 minutes the room temperature rose from 9.5 C to 18.5 C. I switched it off and over an hour later the temperature was still 16.8 C and over two hours later the remperature had only dropped to 15.9 C. If I only have to have it on for 10-15 minutes every few hours, it will cost me far less than a "conventional" heater which would have to be on all the time to achieve the same effect whilst burning electricty at the same rate. As a happy bonus it also reduced the humidity level from 77% to a much healthier 55% and the level stayed around that level for hours afterwards.
I have never been so warm and cosy there. I had a smile on my face and fewer layers for the first time in sometime and could get on with things without my breath condensating in the air.
The magnetic remote that sits on the top is a great idea, cleaning is easy and it is not unpleasantly noisy (some people have complained it's noisy but given the technology behind it, that would be expected. It's basically jet engine technology after all.) There's no dust burning smell and even on the highest speed, which I didn't use for long (2kw) it was really no noisier than any other fan. Oscillation is silent and spreads the heat across and around the room and it works perfectly well on speed 2 and uses less electricty at a lower setting (1.5kw) You can also tilt it downwards and as hot air rises and circulates this helps spread the warmth even better. You can also direct it nicely. It's very easy to set up and operate. It looks gorgeous, and you can set the exact temperature you want to get the room to up to 37 degrees. That would probably take a while and be far too hot for me, but it's nice to know it can do it.
So why only 4 stars? It doesn't throw the heat out as far as the advertising suggests -- fine for a small area but in a big lounge I doubt it would really live up to expectations. It's also very expensive but a little budgeting elsewhere will be worth it for when I need it's benefits. Let's hope as more people buy them the price comes down for people in the future.