“ Manufacturer: Dimplex / Type: Wall Mounted Panel / Power Source: Electric / Heating Levels: Variable Levels / Features: Timer, Thermostat, Anti Freeze / Safety Features: Automatic Shut-Off / Power: 2,000 Watt / Height: 43 cm / Width: 86 cm / Depth: 10.8 cm „
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This is the heater I had put in my bedroom last year. They seem to cost between £90-£120 depending where you shop.
They must be installed by an electrician so I can't comment on how east they are to install but it didn't take him too long to do it. The brackets to put the heater on the wall come in the box along with the heater. They go onto the wall and don't take up too much space as they're only a couple of inches deep, to leave room to install this you'd want about a meter in width of wall space and 50 cm height.
Although these heaters are supposed to be splash proof the manual warns not to put near to a bath or shower or a person who has been in the bath or shower and because of the fact that they need to have an electrical switch I wouldn't think of putting one in a bathroom unless it was really large.
I don't think these heaters are very nice to look at, but not many are. The heaters which are flat look better but I doubt they give out as much heat.
The surface of this heater gets very hot, so if you are going to have them around children it might be an idea to get a guard for it.
On the top of the heater towards the back is a flip open clear plastic cover which covers the switches and dials. At first I thought these looked quite complicated but they are actually really simple to use.
The heater has a flick switch to turn the heater to full or half heat, a thermostat with 6 numbered settings for the temperature, a sliding switch to choose whether you want the heater off, on a timer or on manually.
There is also a timer dial which has a plastic segment for every half quarter of an hour of the day so you can select which times you want the heater on for. If you want the heater to be on for an hour you can move the four segments for that hour.
I have the heater in the bedroom so I would put the timer on so the heater is on for 15 minutes around the time I get up on a morning and again for 15 minutes at night before going to bed. I find that 15 minutes when it is set to a high temperature is more than enough to warm up the large bedroom.
I switch the heater on by sliding the switch to manual if I am getting a shower during the day and by the time I come out of the shower the bedroom is nice and warm for me to get ready in.
As for electricity costs, I don't notice any difference as I don't use it for long at all. I do know someone with a similar model from the same brand who has one of these in their living room and it's on much more and they find them expensive to run.
The heater is easy to wipe down with a cloth if it gets dusty. The manual tells you not to use any abrasive powder cleaners or furniture polish.
The manual also has some useful information regarding saving energy such as reducing the thermostat by just 1% can save up to 10% energy and remembering to turn off heaters in a room when they are not being used such as in a spare bedroom. There are also some common sense energy saving tips which have nothing to do with the heater such as turning lights off and using the right sized saucepan!
I find this heater heats up really really quickly and is excellent for heating a large room. My bedroom gets very warm and also very cold as it's got 2 windows almost floor to ceiling in height. Recently when the evenings started getting cooler I manually put this heater on and forgot to turn it off and when I went into the bedroom after an hour it was very hot and steamy like a sauna!
I think the choice to use a timer or turn it on manually is a really good idea, especially in a bedroom.
I would definitely recommend this heater, it's great for someone like me as I may only be in the room for half an hour and I don't want to have central heating on all day to heat the room up and I can rely on this to be quick and efficient. The heater also has an automatic shut off which means if it's overheating it will turn off and when it's cooled down again it will turn on and your settings will still be there.
I don't notice any noise at all from this heater when it's on, there's a little bit of clicking when it's cooling down but it doesn't last long and isn't too loud.
The Dimplex PLX2000TI is a Wall Mounted Panel Heater.