Last year we closed in our garage and finished it with drywall and carpet. We wanted to make it into a larger, more open family room area for our growing family. We have four teenagers, and with all of their friends constantly over at our house, our existing living room just wasn’t big enough for the teenage bodies and their massive appetites. There are literally teenagers everywhere at our house all the time. We were hoping that the garage family room would be a space where everyone would be able to camp out and sprawl out and hang out, if you know what I mean. Everything was fine during the summer and the fall, but then the weather started cooling off and we realized that keeping the garage family room warm was going to be an issue. We hadn’t put in new ductwork from our central heating unit to tie it into the furnace, so what we had was a great big room with practically no heat. We decided to look into getting a space heater for the area and I ended up going to Home Depot to check out our options.
The first space heater I looked at was the Lasko 23 in. 1500-Watt Ceramic Tower Heater with Digital Display and Remote Control. This tower heater is a good way to warm up your area during the winter while maintaining your heating budget. It has a ceramic heating element and it can deliver quite a bit of warmth throughout any room. This heating unit has a carrying handle so it’s easy to move around. It has digital controls, a programmable thermostat, and a built in eight hour timer. It also has a multi-function remote, which will be great for lazy teenagers to be able to adjust from anywhere in the room. It has two settings that both run pretty quietly, and it has widespread oscillation so the heat gets to every part of your room. I liked the fact that this space heater comes fully assembled and it’s ETL listed with built-in safety features. If the heating unit gets too hot, it will just turn itself off. I like that, especially since it will be around notoriously irresponsible kids most of the time. This is a 1500 watt heater that runs on 120 volts and weighs 8.6 pounds. It also has a three year limited warranty, which I thought was a pretty good deal for a 23 inch heater that costs only $54.11 at Home Depot.
The next heater I looked at was the 1500-Watt Electric Oil-Filled Radiant Portable Heater – Grey. This heater featured three heat setting controls rather than two, so that was a plus. It also has a carrying handle and wheels so it’s very portable and easy to move. It does weigh in a little more than the first unit at twenty-two pounds. It is basically noise free, since it runs on environmentally protected oil, and it has a place to conveniently store the power cord when it’s not in use. I was concerned that this type of heater might be hot to the touch, and I definitely didn’t want to have to deal with any teenagers’ burned hands. But I read several reviews and found out that although the heater is hot, it’s not really hot enough to burn you. Even when it’s on the highest setting for a long time, it wouldn’t be hot enough to burn your skin but you’d have to be careful not to leave any plastic close to it for any length of time. This heater also has safety features like a built-in overheating protection device. It also has an automatic cut-off for when it does get too hot. It’s also a 1500 watt, 120 volt unit. While this heater is returnable for 90 days after purchase, it does not have any kind of manufacturer warranty at all. The fact that there’s no warranty makes me hesitant to purchase the 1500-Watt Electric Oil-Filled Radiant Portable Heater – Grey from Home Depot, even though this heater is reasonably priced at only $39.97.
The last space heater I looked at in Home Depot was the 23 in. 1,500-Watt Digital Ceramic Tower Heater with Remote Control. At first, I thought that this one was identical to the first one I looked at. But then I noticed that it had two different item numbers and it was priced differently. The 23 in. 1,500-Watt Digital Ceramic Tower Heater with Remote Control was priced at $53.55 and weighs only 6.4 pounds. It runs on 1500 watts and 120 volts like the other two, and it is returnable for 90 days with a 3 year limited warranty. It has two heat settings, an automatic shutoff, a digital display, a built-in thermostat, a timer, and a remote control. In other words, it’s basically the same as the first one that I looked at except it’s a couple of pounds lighter. I have to admit that I like the idea of a lighter space heater, just because I know that the kids will be trying to move it around all over the place. I also like the fact that each of the units have built in safety features. The 23 in. 1,500-Watt Digital Ceramic Tower Heater with Remote Control was a little bit less expensive than the first unit I looked at and a little bit more than the second one. I can only assume that the extra cost includes the three year warranty, which I think is totally worth the money.
We ended up going with the third option, the 23 in. 1,500-Watt Digital Ceramic Tower Heater with Remote Control. I think it’s going to be our best bet in keeping our garage addition nice and toasty for our teenage kids and their guests. And if not, at least we are only out $53.55! If the heater lasts for as long as the three year warranty, then I think that we will have gotten our money’s worth. I think we will have an HVAC technician come take a look at the garage addition, though, just in case he might have a better solution for us besides a cheap space heater.