I’ve got a room in my house that I use a lot, but doesn’t have great insulation. Rather than turn the whole furnace up an insane amount, I have used small space heaters to keep the temperature reasonable.
Problem is, I have a large (and rambunctious) dog and a very curious and climbing cat. Since I personally know people who have lost their homes due to space heaters getting knocked over, I’m a little paranoid. And then I got the heater to replace it, and I’m very happy with it.
The Homall PTC-903 ceramic heater seems to fit the bill of both being affordable and reasonably energy efficient.
The major plus is that it has a nice switch that disables the heater if it’s not sitting solidly on any surface. Cat knocks it over? No power to the heating element. No worries.
The heater it replaces had a simple timer switch, so that it wouldn’t be on 24/7. That’s great – but means that room got cold during the “off times”. This heater, instead, has a built in temperature thermostat so that it does its best to keep an even temperature.
I wouldn’t expect too much of this heater – it does a decent job in a 10’x10′ room with the door closed or covered. It wouldn’t make a great big impact in my front room or dining room, but does a good job for the size of room it’s intended for.
Additionally, the price is right – anywhere from $27 – $40 if you shop around a little bit. And that’s in the middle of winter!
If you’re in the market for a safe ceramic heater that will take care of your bedroom or similar sized space, this one has worked well for me.