I’ve used many a space heater in my day. In college (and for many years after) the idea of paying to heat an entire house with natural gas made me feel nauseous. Instead, roommates and I would block off the living areas and huddle around a small space heater. It was loud and unsightly, and occasionally we scorched our ankles, but saved us some cash (or so we thought).
While they may be more efficient than heating an entire drafty house, space heaters still suck up a ton of electricity. The one’s without fans take forever to disseminate heat, and those with fans are so loud you can’t hear yourself think. An improvement on the typical space heater is long overdue, which is why I was excited to learn of ECO-heater Inc.’s super-efficient, wall-mounted twist on the old model that’s also completely silent.
First off, the ECO-heater looks nothing like the bulky floor model’s we’re used to. With just a couple of simple hand tools, anyone can mount the ceramic heating panel on the wall in just four easy steps: level, drill, attach, and plug in.
Unlike a central heating system or portable fan heaters that force air circulation, ECO-heaters use convection heating, which creates natural circulation of warm air within a room. An air gap is created when the heater is mounted to a wall. Cold air is drawn (inducted) into the air gap between the heater and the wall, then heated and rises out of the top of the heater. With this method, the company claims that the ECO-heater uses 70 percent less energy than other space heaters.
Also unlike many portable space heaters, new model ECO-heaters feature an integrated digital thermostat so that you can maintain a desired temperature instead of having to choose between freezing and sweating. ECO-heater’s smooth surface can also be safely painted to match the color of any wall with latex-based paint.