Duraflame 7HM1000 Ratings
Design - 90%
Features - 83%
Capacity - 87%
Safety - 90%
Energy Efficiency - 87%
We like this model because it is truly energy efficient and economical, and because it is very easy and safe to use.
If you’re looking for newer, safer and cheaper methods of heating your home or other spaces, you might like to consider infrared heaters. For those of you who are not familiar with this technology, these units are generally lamps that produce high temperatures and that heat the surrounding environment by reflecting that heat on other surfaces. In that sense, they are often compared to the sun, that heats objects in a similar manner, by reflecting light and spreading warmth. There are many types of infrared units, with different performance capacities as well. Infrared light was discovered sometime during the 1800s, and it is not visible to the human eye because it belongs to another spectrum. Thus, the light is being produced and it creates warmth, but we cannot see it with the naked eye.
They can utilize different sources of fuel, from natural gas to propane and electricity. Today, we want to focus on a model that is electric, the Duraflame 7HM1000 that is ideal for any home, and that can be considered one of the best performing and most reliable models thanks to the use of quartz bulbs.
When it comes to the design of such a product, you will get used to not having too many expectations. Industrial design can only go so far with a product that has to be useful and practical before anything else, but you can find models that fit nicely into your home without ruining the decor. That being said, this is one of the better-looking models as it kind of looks like one of those vintage radios with a wooden box. This particular model comes with a sleek and appealing galvanized black steel finish, so if it doesn’t match your furniture, it will at least be discreet and not ruin your design choices. Two aluminum strips add a touch of elegance to the otherwise subtle design, so you can choose to leave it in plain sight as well.
This unit comes fitted with a frontal control panel with digital display and three simple push buttons: one for on/off operations, and two more that allow you to set the temperature at higher or lower levels. Size is also something you should consider when choosing such a product, not only for its capacity of performance but so as to determine whether it will fit nicely in the space you need it for. Thus, this quartz infrared unit is 16.69 inches tall when assembled, 15.16 inches wide, and has 11.5 inches in depth. Overall, it is neither big nor small for a product that is supposed to heat up to 600 square feet easily. As mentioned above, this model is fitted with four infrared quartz heating elements. Some consider this type better performing because the quartz has a great capacity for storing and releasing heat. Functioning at 1000 watts per hour, it is ideal for average and slightly large spaces.
The unit comes fully assembled, so you only need to plug it in and set it to the desired temperature. Moreover, it features an automatic shut-off function, so it won’t consume more energy than needed. When the set temperature is reached it stops, only to start reflecting heat again as the temperature drops. This product also comes with a remote control that allows you to select the desired settings while sitting comfortably on the couch. There is even a timer that allows programming it to start at a given time or stop when needed. In that sense, you can even leave the unit turned on and there will be no risk of it over-consuming and over-heating. The device is set on four caster wheels that permit easy transportation from one room to another.
Like all objects that produce heat, you may think there is an injury or burn factor to look out for. However, the unit remains cool to the touch on all surfaces, so your children or pets won’t get burned or hurt around it. It is ideal for area heating, and its capacity is more than enough for one large room. Moreover, its thermostat, timer, and automatic shut-off features prevent the risk of fire or other accidents. You don’t even need to worry about lowered humidity, like some other units cause, because this one produces a moist heat that helps preserve oxygen levels, does not produce unpleasant smells, and won’t make it uncomfortable to breathe in the room.
These same features also make this model energy efficient because they prevent the consumption of energy when not needed. Moreover, it is an ideal source of heating for specific zones, so any enclosed area will be quickly and efficiently heated. Using such a product will help you save on the heating bills because it consumes less to produce and reflect heat.
The investment for a product like this is not that big, which is a definite plus. Moreover, it comes with a 1-year full warranty for all parts and labor, so its quality is pretty much endorsed as well. Make sure you read some consumer reviews before purchasing an item like this because you may discover opinions that resemble your own and that let you know whether a product is suitable for your particular needs.