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Quiet 2KW fan heater with good intuitive controls,
This review is from: Prem-I-Air 1800W Oscillating, Electronic Ceramic Heater + Tower Fan Option (Kitchen & Home)
The heater produces about two kilowatts worth of thermostatically controlled warm air. The blower fan is not particularly vigorous, but it is nice and quiet, the least noisy of several fan heaters we have tried recently and this quietness is specifically why we bought it. It is not the most powerful heater either, but in a modern house with modern insulation this should not be a problem.
It has an option to oscillate slowly through 90 degrees about the vertical axis so as to direct the air flow across a horizontal arc, and can be stopped to point at any direction in the cycle. There is no option to tilt it away from the horizontal, but this is ideal for us because we want the cushion of warm air spread where we are - down at floor level, not on the ceiling.
The heater has a couple of power levels available (Fan only, Low, High, Auto), but for most of us I expect that leaving it on Auto and then relying on the thermostat will be the way it is used.
The blower has only one speed which is not really powerful enough to be used for cooling, and for that a dedicated stand fan would be much better.
The thermostat can be set to a specific temperature between 15C and 30C when in Auto mode, and then uses a certain amount of hysteresis (+3C for off and -1C for on) to anticipate the heat demand in maintaining a steady temperature in the whole room. The initial default setting is 20C.
The IR remote control will need two AAA cells, but it is possible to do without it because it merely repeats the controls on the machine itself. The machine has a display indicating by default the room temperature and current mode of the heater, when adjustments are made the display will show the changes for ten seconds before reverting to the default.
The machine does not remember the last setting when switched on again, and always starts as Fan only with no heat. I'm strongly in favour of this as a very worthwhile safety feature, especially if (as some other reviewers have suggested) it can be turned on by a different remote control.
It also has some other useful safety features; Overheat cut-out, Fall-over cut-out. It needs to be manually reset after the fault condition has been cleared. To maximise the heating element life, it should always be allowed to switch itself off by using its own On/Off button so the fan can cool the element, before finally switching it off at the mains socket and unplugging it when not in use.
We bought this to keep the conservatory at a reasonable temperature on cooler days, because it is the only room in the house big enough to hold our dining table and the whole family. Our old 1970s Philips 3KW fan heater has a much more powerful fan, and fills the conservatory with a carpet of warm air very quickly, but it is far too noisy, and the thermostat does not give any indication of temperature. So we use the noisy Philips to pre-heat the room, and then change to the quiet Prem-I-Air to hold the temperature correct at between 19C and 20C while we are actually in there.
Power usage measured on 230V mains, initial room temperature 14C.
Fan only: 33W
Low heat: 1280W (initial peak of 1600W lasts a few seconds)
High heat: 2070W (initial peak of 2500W lasts a few seconds)
Auto heat: 33W or 2070W
Addendum. 29th November 2013
Don't store the Remote Control in the purpose built slot in the back of the tower.
First time the heater was lifted by the handle (with the control stored in its slot) the control fell out onto the wood floor and sprang apart into several pieces, batteries rolling out of sight under the furniture. Fortunately it was possible to click it all together again, and it seems to still work. But I think we were lucky it survived that crash test.
Addendum 2. 17th January 2013.
The remote now lies forgotten and without batteries in a drawer because the controls on the heater are quick and easy to use and work just fine.