I turned 40 last year and ever since then, I’ve noticed that I’m cold literally all the time. I used to make fun of little old ladies with their sweaters and their slippers, but now apparently I’ve turned into one of those little old ladies. At my job, I’ve been freezing on a daily basis. You would think it would be colder at work during the winter, but it’s actually the summertime that makes me miserable. They keep the air conditioning on full blast all the time and I sit there in my cubicle and shiver. I swear sometimes it feels like I should be able to see my breath in the air. Anyway, I talked to the building maintenance supervisor at work and he told me that if I wanted to, I could get a little space heater to keep under my desk. I guess if it’s small enough, they don’t consider it as a fire hazard in our building. I had always thought that it was against the rules to have a space heater at work. But the minute he told me I could have one, I ran out to Walmart on my lunch break and did some comparison shopping. I was really looking forward to not freezing at work anymore.
Walmart had several little space heaters on the shelf to choose from. They ranged in price from very cheap – around ten dollars – to much more expensive, around seventy dollars or so. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something to keep under my desk at work. After all, they should have been keeping me comfortable with the heating and cooling system at the office. At least, that was my opinion. I didn’t really care how much energy the heater used, either, since I wasn’t the one who was going to be paying the power bill!
The first space heater that I looked at was the Comfort Zone Ceramic Heater, Black, CZ446WM. This one has an adjustable thermostat to help you maintain a stable temperature. A stable temperature that was simply “not freezing” sounded just great to me. This little ceramic heater also had a safety tip over switch and a safety fuse. I thought that those sounded like great features, since I’m going to be using it under my desk at work. This heater is 1500 watts, has fan forced heat to warm up your whole area, and it weighs a mere 2.5 pounds. This heater also has a 4 position switch, so it would be good for adjusting between the winter and summer thermostat settings at work. It only comes in black, but I don’t really care what color it is, since it’s going to be under my desk all the time. I looked online at some of the reviews for this heater since I had my smartphone with me at Walmart, and the Comfort Zone Ceramic Heater, Black, CZ446WM got mixed reviews. Some people said it was a great value, but others said that it was a piece of junk. Either way, this heater only cost $22.86, so I figured if it did turn out to be junk at least I wouldn’t be out very much money.
Next, I looked at the Soleil Personal Electric Ceramic Heater, 250 Watt MH-01, Black. Even though the one I looked at was black, this little heater comes in four different colors, including red, which is my favorite color. I know I mentioned that I didn’t care about the color of the heater since it was going to be placed under my desk, but I have to admit that I liked the looks of this little red device. This little portable heater is very energy efficient but it provides quite a bit of heat for as small as it is. It’s designed with ceramic technology that will give you fast heating and it only uses 250 watts. It’s very small and so it would fit neatly under my desk. It only has one heat setting, though. That was the downside of this heater, but it did have an overheating safety fuse, a tip over safety switch, and a cool touch exterior. At least with a cool touch exterior, I wouldn’t burn my foot against the heater when it was underneath my desk. The Soleil Personal Electric Ceramic Heater, 250 Watt MH-01, Black comes fully assembled and ready to heat and it has a one year limited warranty. The red one was priced at only $12.44. I was actually surprised at how inexpensive it was.
The last one that I looked at in Walmart was the Lasko Electric Ceramic Heater, 1500W, Silver, 754200. This little space heater has an adjustable thermostat, automatic built in overheating protection, and 3 quiet comfort heat settings. It also features a safety tip over switch and a safety fuse. This one runs on 1500 watts. Since I was looking up reviews already, I read a couple of reviews on this one and most of them said this was an excellent buy for the price. It heats your space up quickly and it runs quietly. It has a self-regulating ceramic heating element and a convenient carrying handle so it’s easy to move around. Plus, the Lasko Electric Ceramic Heater, 1500W, Silver, 754200 only weighs about four pounds. It costs $27.98, but I read one review that said it would die after only a month of use. That scared me off of this unit, to tell you the truth.
I ended up buying the second heater that I looked at, which was the Soleil Personal Electric Ceramic Heater, 250 Watt MH-01. I bought the red one, and I figured that even though it only had one heat setting, that was fine with me since I’m cold literally all the time. I’m sure that any warmth at all is better than what I’ve been dealing with at work. Plus, at only $12.44 for a little heater in my favorite color, I didn’t feel like I was taking that much of a risk. I’m looking forward to thawing out at work from now on, even when the air conditioning is running full blast.