“ Manufacturer: Carlton / Power: 2,000 - 2,000 Watt / Type: Utility / Portable „
Carlton C20CHW09 Convector Heater
Disaster struck just before Christmas. Just a few days after the central heating system had been serviced, a major fault developed with the boiler, causing the heating system to pack in. As luck would have it, this was during a particularly cold spell and the only alternative heating we had was an ancient gas fire. Although the gas fire was fully operational, it obviously did not generate enough heat to warm the house. Out came the extra jumpers, blankets, slankets and hot water bottles. Out came the car keys for a quick trip to the local Curry's shop where I purchased two Carlton convector heaters.
The original price was £39.99 but they could later be purchased online for the bargain price of £29.99. So check your prices carefully to get the best bargain.
Each heater was packaged in a sturdy cardboard box and was light enough for me to carry one at a time to the car, which was particularly useful to me. Once unpacked at home it was necessary to screw on two support pedestals at each end of the base of the heater. This was easier to do once we have found the tiny packet of screws, though it was still not that easy to fit together.! All that then needed to be done was to plug in the heater and switch on.
The heater measures approximately 55cm across and 41cm. high, which is a manageable size. Two carry handles make this light heater very easy to carry to the required location of use. The heater is very light grey, with dark grey trimmings, making it look smart and modern in appearance. There is a grill at the top through which the heat travels. (It is important to note that the individual holes could be a source of danger to enquiring little fingers.)
The heater is very easy to operate. There's a choice of three heat settings: 0.75kW, 1.25kW and 2kw, the latter providing quite a substantial amount of heat. These are operated by individual switches on the side of the heater.
There is an automatic thermostat which is useful for the maintenance of a constant temperature. When the room has reached the desired temperature, you turn the thermostat slowly anti-clockwise until the indicated goes off. When the temperature falls, the heater will switch back on again. It is important to be aware that another family member may have adjusted this thermostat and to check its setting if the heater appears not to come on when you press the switches.
A useful safety device is the overheat protection system, which will switch off the heater automatically should it overheat. In this circumstance, the appliance should be switched off completely to allow a safe cooling time before being used again.
There is a switch for the turbo fan, which will help propel the heating across the room. It could also be used to blow cool air from the vent when used independently of the heating elements. This could be used in the summer, although I personally would be more likely to use the traditional electric fan!
The heater is fitted with a 24 hour timer, that has 96 segments, each one being equivalent to fifteen minutes of time. The timer can be used in the normal fashion to set the heater to come along as and when required. I find this feature really useful as I preset the heater to switch on at about 6.00 a.m., pointing it towards our rather Spartan downstairs cloakroom, bringing the room to a comfortable temperature ready for my morning shower. Again, It is important for family members to agree on the settings or you may find that the heater does not come on when you have pressed the switches!
Although this heater is no substitute for efficient central heating, it is a useful source of additional background heating should you have cold spots in your room. For this reason we will continue to use this heater even though our central heating system is now fully operational again. As the sole source of heat for a large room such as our lounge, this heater was inadequate and it was necessary to back it up by using our gas fire. However in the smaller bedroom the heater was great, making the room much cosier. As the two heaters purchased were obviously new, they did emit a slight odour initially but this soon disappeared.
To summarize, these heaters are modern in appearance, aesthetically pleasing to the eye and easy to use. They generate a useful amount of heat though would, I fear, have a significant impact on the next electricity bill if used constantly. They were a good purchase, adequate for the purpose and good value for money.
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