Lasko® makes a brand of space heaters called the Ceramic Tower Heater with Remote Control, model number 751320. The units are sold at such regional stores as Walgreens and are typically priced at $49.99. These heaters are based on a ceramic element that is heated via electricity to a maximum of 1500 Watts. The heat is then dissipated by a blower fan that is located in the back of the unit. These units are rated at 120 Volts AC, 12.5 Amps, 60 Hz.
I had never owned a space heater in my life, and my only memory of the thing was as an ugly and dangerous block of red wires ready to catch any local carpet, hair, or hand on fire. I kept hearing news stories about space heaters catching fire and burning down homes, and so had been reluctant to go looking for one. However, due to a recent jump in my heating costs, I finally bit the bullet last weekend and bought myself the Lasko Heater at a local Walgreens.
The unit cost me $49.99, but Walgreens was offering a $10 rebate at the time, so eventually I’ll end up paying just $39.99. I took the heater home and unpacked it from its box; immediately I was struck by how advanced it looked compared to the heaters of my youth. The Lasko Heater is a tower heater, so you get heat to more than just your feet. It stands about two feet tall and has an interior ceramic element that does not glow red or emit any kinds of sparks when turned on.
And speaking of turned on, the heater has several operational settings. You can set the heater temperature for 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, or 85 degrees Fahrenheit, or MAX temperature. You can also set the unit to heat for 1 hour, 2 hours, or 4 hours, or any combination thereof, meaning that you can program the unit to heat a maximum of 7 hours. Or, you can just have the unit heat indefinitely.
The fan can be adjusted to either low or high blower settings. And finally, you can set up the unit to oscillate at a 90 degree angle, providing a larger portion of the room with heat.
Finally, the unit comes packed with a small remote control that is powered by two provided AAA batteries. The remote control allows you to perform all the functions of the tower, from setting up the fan oscillation to programming in the heating time and temperature.
After I’d unpacked my heater and turned it on, I found that it did not take long for the ceramic interior to warm up and start blowing really warm air at me. Standing in front of it, with the temperature set to MAX, I was almost too hot. The air temperature coming out of the heater was much akin to the heat that would be generated from a well-burning fireplace. I was quite happy with my new heater.
As the weekend wore on, I found that the Lasko Heater was best suited to warming up an enclosed area of about 8 feet by 14 feet, the size you would expect from a regular sized bedroom or home office. It still worked well to heat me up in my living room, but without an enclosed area, the heat dissipated. If I were to try to heat up a bigger and less-enclosed area, I’d buy at least two of these heaters and place them at opposite ends of the room.
In conclusion, I’m quite happy with the Lasko Ceramic Tower Heater. The unit takes up very little space and looks quite presentable. Although I would not recommend leaving it unattended, I do believe that the Lasko Heater is much safer than the space heaters of yesteryear.