Bionaire Silent Micathermic Heater
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We have one of these exact heaters that we purchased at Costco about 4 years ago (I think) and it is still going strong. Just recently I noticed the on/off button is sticking and difficult to push into off position. It keeps our high ceiling living room, kitchen and dining room at around 58-62* overnight (we have a pellet stove we don’t want to run all night) and it is completely silent. It is also a cat magnet and usually has a feline hot to the touch sleeping within inches of it. Overall I’m very happy with it and considering buying another one in case our power button stops working.
Get a decent power strip with an on/off button and plug your heater into that maybe? That way you’re only turning the power strip on and off (leaving your heater on) and saving the button. I’m not sure if there are any no-no’s plugging a heater into a power strip however.
Get this meross MSS110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug 15 amp 1800 watt smart plug This will allow you to put the heater on a timer/daily schedule and/or integrate it with an Alexa app so it turns on with voice commands. I have a heater in our bathroom that comes on at 4:30 each morning so by 5am the bathroom is warm (except Sunday and Saturday). It’s programmed to stay on for 1 hour. Since I also have an Amazon dot in the bathroom, I can also use voice commands to switch it on/off whenever. If I forget to switch it off, the app attached to this plug configured to automatically shut it off after 1 hour.
I specifically chose this smart plug because it’s rated for higher current at 15 amps, since this is a heater I would recommend you make sure that you get either this or something rated at 15 amps/1800 watts (or more).
I bought this heater 8 yrs ago, and it’s still going strong! You will not be disappointed with this purchase at all. It is money well spent.
Best Heater Ever!
No fans, no glowing whatevers, just heat.
my main concern is the amount of energy used to maintain a low level of heat? I have couple of older radiator types, is this unit any better or less expensive to run?
I was about to ask the same question. I have a DeLonghi “Incredible Heat Machine” which is at least 15 years old that I’d like to replace. I’d like one that’s more energy efficient.
kris72663, you say, “I’d like one that’s more energy efficient.”
What exactly does “efficient” mean? I will tell you. It means that one machine that is “more efficient” than another machine uses a larger percentage of the energy toward the output that you want and less toward the output you don’t want.
For example, an incandescent bulb is much less efficient than a CFL or LED since about 92% of the energy you put into the incandescent is going into heat and only 8% for the light, while the other bulbs direct more energy into the light-production.
Only 20% of the energy in the gasoline you burn turns into energy to move your car. The other 80% is wasted as heat. That’s very inefficient.
For a heater, where do you expect that the energy that you think is “wasted” is going? Pretty much nowhere because there is NO WASTED ENERGY.
It’s a very simple machine. It takes the electricity and turns it into heat, which is regarded as a waste product from any other machine on Earth, but is what you WANT from this item.
It’s an incredibly simple process since it’s just wires.
You pretty much WANT all the waste that every other machine tries to minimize.
Don’t worry about efficiency. Any idiot can make a heater since it’s ALL WASTE. Practically every bit of the 1,500 watts this consumes comes out as heat.
No better, no worse - every electric is 100% efficient in terms of converting electricity into heat. Energy cannot be created or destroyed - every watt that the heater draws has to be accounted for. And even if power is ‘lost’ on the way to the heater element (e,g,. due to power cord resistance), that diverted power ends up as heat.
Portable electric heaters are also limited by the electrical code to 1500 watts - which means that every brand will put out the same amount of heat.
I’d take that a step further and challenge you to name a single watt that isn’t converted to heat.
Power cord resistance is means that the cord is just another heater element. Fan bearing friction converts to heat. Air moved by the fan transmits its energy into frictional heat as it blows across objects. The light emitted by the ‘power on’ LED heats every surface that it shines on.
Quite simply, heat is a universal waste product.
The amount of heat created by these 2 processes is minimal, that electrical energy in the case of the fan is primarily consumed in turning the fan (not producing heat as a byproduct), LED primarily uses its electrical energy to produce light, the byproduct of heat is a minimal fraction of its energy. Given the 1500 watts of electricity though, the amount of energy going to power the fan and LED are almost negligible (probably like 5-10 watts).
Well, heaters deliver that heat differently. All these radiant type heaters get very hot at the source and “radiate” (duh) the heat outward. Then you have those infra-red types that don’t get super hot, but circulate warm air around and around. I prefer that type, thought hey won’t add a lot of heat to a super cold space (like an unheated garage.) So I use the IR heaters to supplement my home, and I have a radiant heater in the loft above my garage.
The energy used may be minimal, but my point is that it still ends up as heat. The power required to turn the fan blades partially heats the air by way of friction, and also transfers kinetic energy to the air - energy which ends up as heat. And the light given off by the LEDs will most certainly warm the surfaces it hits - that’s how infrared heaters work!
No- it’s NOT ALL TRANSLATED as heat energy-you’re inaccurate. If it were all translated as heat energy no work would be done, the effect of the fan spinning is work and the electrical energy to light emmission is a translation of energy form. The by products of heat from those actions is a mere fraction of the watts they consume. If ALL of the energy ended up as heat what would make the fan spin and the light light? It doesn’t add up.
Heat is a byproduct of work, no mystery there. And what do you suppose happens to the light from the LED? It is energy, and has to go somewhere.
In case you missed it the other 2 times:
The by products of heat from those actions is a mere fraction of the watts they consume.
In the case of the LED the light:heat ratio is typically around 15:85 - that is, way more heat is produced than light.
But I’m seeking to account for ALL the energy, so I’ll ask it one more time: What happens to the light?
Let me ask the question a different way: How expensive is it to run this heater? How much will my energy bill go up if I run it, say, 6 hours/night? My experience with electric heaters is they are a cash suck.