“ Brand: Prolectrix / Type: Fan heater „
The new flat I recently moved into is a conversion of a very old building. With storage heaters, no double glazing and high windows it gets very cold and I thus have had to invest in a heater to keep the room a bit warmer at night. I had never bought a stand alone heater before so was initially confused as to what to buy but with some market research done and weighing up costs I went for Prolectrix 2000w fan heater. To be honest the main reason I chose it was a positive review online and also the fact is was only £15.99, and being on a budget this was more crucial than anything else in the buying decision.
Anyway, I set about taking it home, of course requiring no installation. It is very light ands compact and easy to store but also feels solid and well made. I had never heard of the brand before but the positive impression I got from this product would certainly make me consider them in future.
How does it perform? I was not sure what to expect and as I have said I have no experience with these types of heaters before so struggle to compare it to anything. However, what I can say is that this certainly did the job and met my needs. At 2000w it is by no means the most powerful out there but for a flat it has met my needs.
It is easy to operate with two settings each for the heater and for the fan so you have some control over the temperature but not a great deal! The one issue I have here is the heat though doesn't last, I suppose that's part and parcel of this sort of product but in terms of taking the chill of a room or warming a room before bed it works fine.
It is however very noisy so using it when trying to watch TV is a problem and also the fact that it does give of a burning smell which is terrible at first and doesn't really fade.
A third problem would be the cost, never use this as a permanent solution, even short term it costs a heck of a lot and my electric bill has risen.
I would recommend this a temporary solution and for problems such as a mine but using this long term would be costly and probably not providing the heat you need.
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Last winter I had a bit of a central heating issue. In that it stopped working. My flat has only single glazing and isn't well insulated, so this was a bit of a disaster. While waiting for the boiler man to arrive, I ran out to my local Robert Dyas to get an alternative source of heat.
Faced with a selection of different types of free-standing heaters in a variety of prices, when I explained my problem the staff advised me to go for a fan heater. Cheap and small, it would do for a temporary solution, and it would generate enough heat to warm my living room. I chose the Prolectrix 2000w Fan Heater, as it was cheap but not the cheapest at £12.99.
Set up of the heater was pretty much non-existent - I took it out of the box, plugged it in and switched it on. There are instructions with the heater, but it's fairly self explanatory. There are two dials on the heater, one is a temperature scale, like a thermostat on a boiler, and the other gives you a choice of fan, 1 or 2. The numbered settings are for heat and determine the power of the heater - the lower setting will keep a room at a lower temperature.
So I plugged in my heater and got back under the duvet on the sofa (the cat was being useless and thinking only of himself, not helping keep me warm). I soon noticed that the air was getting warmer, which was a relief. However, after not too long I started to feel a little nauseous. It didn't take me long to realise that this was connected to the heater. The dry air it was pouring out was making me feel sick. At this point I was faced with a dilemma - warmth or not feeling ill? I was really annoyed that the heater was having this effect on me so quickly.
I started putting the heater on for 10 minutes at a time, with a break to reduce the nausea, but the problem with fan heaters is that they don't generate lasting heat. Once you turn a fan heater off, the air cools down very quickly. So I was warm for 10 minutes, then cold for 10 minutes. I tried putting a bowl of water beside the heater as my mum suggested I do, but that didn't help (and the cat tried to drink it).
The heater did, however, stave off the worst of the cold while my central heating was broken. Since then I haven't had to use it for prolonged periods of time, but I have continued to use it. During that time my heating wasn't working, I used it in the morning before I got up: switching it on in my bedroom 10 minutes before getting up meant I had a nice cozy bedroom. Now I use it when I have a shower: my shower cubicle isn't in my bathroom, but opens onto a little area with no heater, so in winter I switch the fan heater on before getting into the shower, which means I don't freeze when I get out.
For £12.99 I can't really complain, and I've certainly had plenty of use of the Prolectrix 2000w Fan Heater since I bought it, but I'm hoping that my central heating doesn't pack in this winter so I won't have to use it a lot.