Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Furnace Frustrations

Well, the other night we were sitting in the living room watching TV and notice that is was getting kind of chilly in the house. For some odd reason the furnace is out. This isn't the first time we have had this problem. The furnace is new so there is no reason why is shouldn't be working, but it has been quirky this year. Every time we call people out to take a look at it, they can't find anything wrong with it. We thought maybe the batteries in the Thermostat needed changed, so we did that, it worked for a while after that. Then we thought maybe we had a faulty Thermostat, and changed it, but it still didn't work.

We had heard really great things about infrared heaters, so we broke down and bought a Heat-A-Lot Infrared Furnace. What is this you ask? It is a portable furnace. Unlike oil heaters the outside surface doesn't get hot so, it is safe for little ones and animals to be around plus it is supposed to be low on electricity... we haven't had ours long enough for me to be able to compare, however I will update after a month and let you all know if our electric bill has gone down since using it. This heater has a lot of cool features. Ours has an oak finish, looks stylish, is small (11.9" wide X 16.5" deep X 16.5" tall), if you didn't know that it was a heater you would assume it was some type of radio or CD player sitting off in the corner. The heater is on wheels so you can scoot it around where ever you want, plus it come with a cute little remote control. You can use the buttons on the front, but the remote makes it easy to adjust the heat from across the room or as you snuggle on the couch. The fan is so quiet that you don't even notice it is in the room either! We live in a one story house with a basement and so far just setting the temperature at 70*F had kept our main floor toasty warm, even at night with below freezing temperatures outside. Its been great and so far I really like it a lot!

Here are the complete specks as found on the Heat-A-Lot website for the Oak Model that we bought:

Heat-A-Lot 1500WO

Oak Model-11.9" x 16.5" x 16.5" (W, D, H), 30cm x 42cm x 42cm (W, D, H)
Power Requirements: 110 Volt AC, 1500 Watt
Power Cord: 6 feet(182.88cm),14 gauge
Thermostat: Electronic Analog Xlarge numbers Accuracy: +2 degrees (1 degree up and 1 degree down)
Delayed Start Function: Up to 24 hours
Safety Cutoff: Yes
Listed Approvals: C-TUV XU.S. & International (UL equivalent)    
Remote Control: Credit card type Xlarge-button surface
Pre-Filter: Lifetime electrostatic
Cord Storage: Convenient cord wrap for transport & storage
Lifetime Electrostatic Filter (for maintaining air quality): Removed and installed with springs
Heat Type: Therapeutic quartz infrared heat
Heat Chamber: Copper-ion generation panel with stainless diffraction coils
Heating Elements: Four (4) quartz infrared emitters
Emitter Life Expectancy: 20,000 hours (approx. 7-10 years)
Fan System: Single high-output scroll fan, providing a much quieter operation by eliminating vibration and ELF 60 Hz electromagnetic emissions caused by AC axial fan motors.
Fan Noise Level: 42 dB (comparatively quiet)
Warranty: Limited 3-year warranty

Price Range: $340-$450 depending on which model you want
Purchase Online: http://www.heatalot.com
Where To Find This Heater: Rural King (currently on sale for $299.99) 
My Rating: A+ $$$

 My Review Rating System:
  • A+ = Love it, will definitly use it and buy it for myself or family
  • B = Like it a lot, will probably use it or buy it for myself or family
  • C = Like it, may or may not use or buy it for myself or family
  • D = Think its Ok, but probably won't use or buy it for myself or famliy
  • E = Don't like it at all, will not be using it again and won't buy it for myself or family
$ = SUPER Cheap
$$ = Low Price
$$$ = Decently Priced
$$$$ = Somewhat Pricey
$$$$$ = Too Rich For My Pockets

Hopefully, this review helps you all out this winter!

Stay warm and thanks for reading dear followers!

Disclosure: We bought this product ourselves. Please note that I was not compensated in any way for my review and its is solely based on my interaction and experience with the product. 


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