A couple of months ago the nice people at Heat Storm asked if I’d like to review one of their heaters. I said sure, but secretly I was very skeptical. I’ve had heaters before, and they have pulled a lot of juice. One winter I had two of them out in the garage, and the breaker kept tripping. This little Sahara is NOT your momma’s heater!
See the 61° on the heater? That was the air temperature recently when I turned it on with the handy remote.
Here are the specs from their site:
- Supplemental heating up to 1000 sq. ft.
- Balanced heat keeps the temperature difference between floor and ceiling within 2 to 3 degrees
- Color: Black
- Thermostat controls room temperature
- Air purifying function through high efficiency lifetime filter
- LED display – Display’s Ambient Temperature
- Remote control (2 AAA batteries included)
- Dimensions: 13" W x 17" D x 12.5" H
- Weight: 12 lbs
- Heat output: 5,200 BTU/h
- Rated power: 1,500 Watts, 12.5 Amps/120VAC
- 3 year warranty
Very quickly the Sahara raised the temperature to the 65° I had it set at.
After a few emails back and forth, this is the information I got from the rep:
To calculate how much the unit costs to run, first you’ll need to figure out what your electricity costs you. Out here around Logan, Utah, the rate per kilowatt hour is approximately 8.8 cents. The Sahara is a 1500-watt unit – or, in other words, it takes 1.5 kilowatts to run. That means it costs 1.5 X 8.8 cents, which is about 13.2 cents, to run the Sahara for an hour here. That’s what it costs when it’s running on full power. One of the Sahara’s awesome features is that it will start running at half power to conserve energy once it starts reaching its target temperature, so the unit isn’t usually running at full power anyway. (You can tell the heater is at half power when the lighted leaf on the control panel turns green.) Still, even if the heater runs at full power for 8 hours each day for a month, that means it will costs you about $32.40 for the month. Costs will vary, of course, depending on how long the heater actually runs, how long it runs on full power vs. half power, and what your local cost of electricity is, so this is a pretty generous estimate.
- Quiet, very quiet.
- Remote is handy
- Very portable
- Warms quickly without blowing a lot of heat
- Seems to be very efficient, and cost effective
- A little large for my small space
- I find it works best in the middle of the room
- The price is a little on the high end
- I’m loving these portable shop heaters! I could use one in the garage and the basement shop! (stands sold separately)
- If you need supplemental heat, I think Heat Storm definitely has a heater for you. I will certainly be putting my new Sahara heater to work for me as the temperatures are starting to dip. Those of you who are on blood thinners know how your internal thermostat changes if your on these meds. I’m generally hot natured and already I can tell a big difference about how cold I can get.
- HeatStorm sent me the Sahara heater to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.