Product Type: Delonghi heaters
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Life saver when central heating is broken
DeLonghi HVE134 Essentials
Member Name: helenc72
DeLonghi HVE134 Essentials
Advantages: Portable, small, gives plenty of heat various settings, cheap
Disadvantages: Can get dusty, cable not that long
I moved into a new flat recently and although I do love the flat and the area we have discovered quite a lot of things which need fixing, and one of the main ones is the heating! Luckily we do at least have hot water, but the dial to turn the central heating on is broken. Until it gets fixed, I have been relying on this little fan heater from DeLonghi and I am finding it an absolute life saver.
The heater is very small and portable. It is really light and easy to carry around a flat or house and it has a small groove in the back which serves as a carry handle. It has a rounded shape with a flat base, as pictured, so it is freestanding and does not take up much space. This is great, as I can keep it really near to me to get the most out of the heat. For example while writing this and browsing online I have been sitting with this heater on a chair next to me and my feet on the chair. It also fits easily on the little table next to my bed so before getting up in the morning I put it on there to give a quick blast of heat. The heater just plugs into the mains socket and the wire is medium length so you do need to have a socket close by to use it.
As well as the portability, the best thing about this is that it provides a good amount of heat as soon as you turn it on and there is no waiting around. It is a 2400 watt power heater, which seems to be enough for my purposes. It has 2 dials at the top to adjust the heat, and I normally turn it up to 4 (out of 6). This is plenty warm enough an the heat does spread out somewhat into the room, although it doesn't really fill the rooms of our flat as it is just a cold flat by its nature (large, old, old windows) but it does provide good pockets of heat if you are within a metre or so of it! When I first started using it I turned it straight up to 6 but there seems to be some kind of mechanism to cut it out after a few minutes of use on this high setting. I found that quite annoying but when I use it on setting 4 it has never turned itself off and I can have it on the go for a couple of hours at a time.
The only negative that I can think of is that it easily gets dusty due to all the little ridges on the front which gather dust, but it is easy to wipe it down once you have turned it off.
I can't really say how much this costs in electricity to run, as our energy bills are the same each month at the moment based on an estimate but I assume it is costing less to run than if we were using the actual central heating!
The heater is quite cheap to buy. This was my brother's but I have looked into getting another (as my flatmate takes this one nearly every morning and is not that keen to share even though it is more mine than hers lol) and they can be bought for about £20.
I would definitely recommend it. Even if you have central heating that works, this is a great back up if you have any problems and are left with no heat.
Summary: Life saver for me at the moment