Ok I go every so slightly mental in the winter time. My mother is convinced of a draft in every room of her house and if she can't convince you of a draft then there is a whoosh of wind obviously penetrating the room you are in from the hallway! She has a portable heater that can be dragged out and turned on to heat a room but she's quite fragile this year after some medical treatments and thus getting up can sometimes be more difficult so I started my search for one that had a thermostat.
I found the Delonghi h3kw heater online with Amazon for £31. The specifications seemed to fit the bill. The product itself is small so won't over-power her living room and it oscillates to warm a larger area. The Delonghi offers an adjustable thermostat that kicks the heater into action when the room reaches the desired temperature.
The heater is rather quiet compared to ones we've had in the past. It apparently houses a "silence system", 38dB noise level on minimum power and 43dB on maximum power .... To be honest the dB's don't mean much to me but I can tell you it's quieter. Our old heater had to be turned down or off to have a conversation or hear a softer conversation on the television. I would just crank up to television but my mother cares about her neighbours so is a bit more respectful.
The foot switch is lovely for my mother as she doesn't need to get out from under a warm blanket to adjust the oscillation feature, she only has to un-tuck her foot. The foot pedal would come in handy if you had one under a desk at work I think because if it's getting too hot you can switch the oscillation on thus keeping the heat but not directly on your legs (might have to get myself one maybe).
I have told her off for things like this before because I have always thought that the bathroom is no place for a heater but she read on the box that this particular heather is ok for bathroom usage with its IP21 Drip Protection! I still make a point of telling her to not have it in there for long periods of time and to ensure she's careful but it does give me a little more peace of mind.
The cat is sometimes a problem maker because he rubs up against the heater and knocks it over but the joy of this one is that it will cut out if he does this. Still a bit annoying but at least she doesn't need to jump up with a quickness to save the heater and carpet from flames!
Compared to the old radiator style heater she had this one comes out tops. It's smaller, quieter and does the same job and a bit better. The Delonghi is white and light grey and wipes clean relatively easily. The only area that take a minute longer to clean is the slotted front but I use an old nail brush which does the job brilliantly. The heater hasn't been stored away since it's arrival and with reports of snow on the way it will most likely be out for a while longer but when the times comes to put it away it shouldn't be difficult. The heater itself is rather small and has a little handle slot along with cord storage.
Technical Details from Amazon:
Dimensions (L x W x H): 27 x 21.2 x 33.9 centimetres
Weight: 1.9 Kilograms
Heat settings: 3
Heating power - max: 3kW
Safety system: Tip-over switch
Frost protection: Avoids temperature falling below 5 degrees centigrade
Overheat safety protection: Yes
Manufacturers guarantee: 1 year
Right everyone go get warm!
(c) oioiyou 2013
This 3kW fan heater has two heat settings and a cool air function - so you can get the temperature just right. It moves on an oscillating base and has a foot switch operation. A silence system makes it more pleasant to have around your home.