We live in a bi-level style house. We have 2 levels of equal size, the upstairs level contains our living room, kitchen and 3 bedrooms and the lower level contains our family room, a 4th bedroom and a laundry room.
Because the lower level is halfway in the ground it gets pretty cold down there and we have tried number of different solutions during the cold winter months to keep it warm and livable.
Left as-is, it really gets too cold on a daily basis during the winter to spend much time down there, so we have to have a heater of some sort. We have tried one that looked like a fireplace and while it was really pretty to watch, you had to sit about 6 inches from it in order to really feel the effects of the heat. We used that unit beyond it’s capacity and it ended up breaking. We have tried a radiator style heater and it looks ugly and sticks out into the room but it did a better job heating than the fireplace one. However, it still needed to be located fairly close to where we were sitting in order to feel the effects. Plus, the radiator unit didn’t provide a consistent temperature level, we were always turning it down or turning it up.
So we were at a loss for a proper solution.
That is, until we had an opportunity to try out the Dyson Hot fan heater.
The Dyson Hot™ fan heater projects heat further, heating the whole room faster than any other. It has precise temperature control, and there are no fast-spinning blades or visible heating elements, so it is easy to clean. There is also an automatic cut out that switches off the heating plates if the unit is tipped over.
The first thing you notice about this heater is that it looks nothing like a heater or a fan. It looks, well…ODD – like. You just can’t imagine how hot air can actually come out of the unit and heat the room.
Air Multiplier™ technology
Air is accelerated through a narrow aperture around the fan loop. This creates a jet of hot air that passes over an airfoil-shaped ramp, which channels its direction. Surrounding cool air is drawn into the airflow, amplifying it 6 times through processes known as inducement and entrainment.
I don’t exactly understand the science of this but I can tell you it works. The air that comes out of the machine is warm and toasty and the best part is that even though it is technically a “fan” it is very quiet.
Whole Room Heat Distribution
Some conventional heaters blow heat in a narrow stream because they don’t oscillate. So the whole room is not heated evenly. The Dyson Hot™ fan heater oscillates smoothly to distribute heat across the whole room.
Our old heating units had to be within a couple of feet of us when we were downstairs to really feel the warmth, and they never warmed the entire room. Our Dyson Hot unit is in the far corner of our large family room and the entire room is affected by the heater. It is warm even around the corner (the room is ‘L’ shaped).
It is imperative in a home with small children that the heating unit be not only safe to be around, but safe in general. I have the peace of mind that the unit will cut off when tipped, there are no visible heating elements to cause burns and that there are no visible fan blades that can harm small fingers.
You can set the exact temperature you want the room to be set at with the Dyson Hot. It uses a digital readout and turns on and off as necessary to keep the room at the selected temperature. And boy does it work! We had ours set at 72 one day because we had had it turned way down and wanted to quickly warm the room up because we wanted to spend time down there. We ended up having to open the window because within just a few minutes it had heater the room up. We now know that we don’t need to turn it up PAST our desired temperature because it really does work pretty fast to warm the room.
No Burning Smell
With our old radiator style unit there was always a smell. It wasn’t terrible, but you could definitely smell the heat and it was annoying. With the Dyson hot there is no smell.
We have yet to try the cooling fan, but I am looking forward to the spring when we can move the Dyson Hot upstairs to help cool it. In the warmer weather our upper level is significantly warmer than our lower level and I am anxious to see if it cools as well as it heats.
Most conventional heaters can’t be tilted to direct warm air where you want for personal heating. The Dyson Hot™ fan heater pivots on its own centre of gravity, staying put without having to be clamped down. You can direct airflow where you want it.
We haven’t used the tilt feature much but I do think that we will use it more in the warmer weather.
The Dyson Hot™ fan heater comes with a remote control unit. It’s curved and magnetized to store neatly on top of the loop amplifier.
This is one of my favorite features of the Dyson Hot (aside from how well it actually works). I can change the heater settings (temperature, oscillation, airflow) on the fly without having to get up from the couch and when not in use it sticks to the side of the heater. Brilliant.
THE BOTTOM LINE
I can’t even find one negative or constructively critical thing to say about this fan. The only thing that would make it better would be if it served me breakfast in the morning.
We spent so many years not using the lower half of our house in the cold winter months and the Dyson Hot fan heater has made that space usable for us year round. It is attractive, safe, and heats the room better than any other solution we have tried.
WHERE TO BUY
You can purchase the Dyson Hot at numerous retailers online and it is currently available at Amazon.com for $399.00.Note: I received the product shown to facilitate my review, opinions expressed are my own.