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Challenge 2.4kW Upright Oscillating Fan Heater
Member Name: broxi3781
Challenge 2.4kW Upright Oscillating Fan Heater
Advantages: Handy for holiday or emergency use.
Disadvantages: A bit noisy, not very stylish, and a bit pricey for long term heating.
Every year up until this one we have taken a holiday to Haven, Craig Tara. Last year we also took a couple of holidays to a relatives caravan, and this year we will just be sticking to the family one. But after our first visit to Craig Tara, in which we spent 4 days freezing and became quite ill, we decided any future trips would include a portable heater. This has done us for the last two trips. I have noticed Craig Tara now rent what looks like the exact same model, but at £5 a day you'd be better off with a quick trip to Argos! This heater currently sells for £17.99, and I believe I paid £ 15.99 when I bought it. When staying at the family caravan, I have found this brilliant to heat the place up quickly, and to warm the children up if they come in soaking wet, but would use the electric radiators for longer term heating.
This is a basic, no frills heater. Our main use of this has been at the caravan, but it was used for a couple of hours in the house recently while awaiting someone from the gas company to come out. Because it is not used often at my own house, I am afraid I can not really say how this effects the electric bill. i have done a bit of research though, and based on a unit price 10 p per unit, this would work out at 25 p for each hour it runs full tilt. This usually shuts itself off and on though so costs would be less. Haven's lower priced caravans are absolutely freezing at night with large open vents which can not be closed, and even so it only ran about 50% of time to keep the room very toasty, so roughly £1.25 a night. In a proper house I would expect the settings would be left much lower, and the cost less.
The design of this heater is also no frills. Basic white plastic, two nobs on the top, one to set the temperature, another to change between heat and fan only. This can be used as just a fan for those hot summer nights too. this is referred to as a cool air setting, but of course it is really only as cool as the air in your room, unless you can prop it into a window to draw in the outside air. this can also be set to oscillate or remain stationary. I have seen some reviews citing problems with oscillation. I tend to leave this feature switched off, but it does still work on mine when it gets turned on accidentally. Rather then measure this, I have lifted the dimensions off the Argos website, and they are as follows: Size H29.6, W17.5, D26.4cm.
Of course the main factor in reviewing this heater is, does it work? Well yes, it will heat a room very well, even a larger room such as our front room or the main living area of a caravan, which is kitchen and living room combined. It will not heat the whole caravan, but then I don't really think this can be expected. It is not meant to heat an entire house or a very large area. It does put out more heat though then the very poor gas fire which was in our caravan at Haven, so this was used in the front of the caravan non stop in the day, and moved to a bedroom at night. I do think it is apt to run a bit expensive for everyday heating as well. I can not imagine heating a while house with these, although I have known people who have. I suppose this could be used on a low setting to provide extra heat for a child's room, but primarily I would think of this as for holidays and caravans or as a temporary emergencies. With so many people having lost all heating with the last cold snap, I would consider this a worthwhile investment just for emergencies, as I can not imagine spending 5 days with no heat, as someone I knew did recently due to burst pipes. It wouldn't heat the whole house but it would keep one room warm enough for the children.
The only real drawback to this heater is the noise. I did find it quite annoying when it switched on and off at night. I could get used to the overall noise after awhile but each time it clicked back on it would wake me. Of course all fan heaters make some noise, but I do think this is a bit louder than most. Still, I am happy enough with it. It does what we bought it for just fine, and having been lent out to a couple of friends at various times has suited them as well. It is not the best you can buy by a long shot, but for an emergency standby, or for holiday use, I have been very happy with it, so 5 out of 5 stars from us. I will be using it at the caravan again, and would never go to Haven without one!
Summary: If you are going to Haven this year, don't forget to take one of these!
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