Micathermic Heaters: Do they work well?

102757230xFall is here, don’t get me wrong. It’s NOT time to start thinking about winter yet – no sir. However, let’s start thinking about winter.

I live in an old apartment in Boston and the radiator in my office is half the size of all the other radiators in my place. As such, it doesn’t put out much heat in the winter time and I’ve had to resort to space heaters (which I’m not too fond of) and Snuggies when it gets cold.

These micathermic heaters have caught my attention, though. They’re kind of like space heaters but they’re super thin and can be wall-mounted. I saw this particular one in the SkyMall catalog today and wondered if anybody that’s reading this post either owns this exact model or one like it.

The product description says the following:

Energy-efficient Micathermic Heater uses less electricity because it makes you comfortable sooner.

Micathermic heater uses 80% convection and 20% reflective heat to quickly warm all the air in a room so you’re more comfortable immediately. Silent operation and a 12-hour digital timer make this heater ideal for the bedroom. Includes adjustable digital thermostat to maintain desired temperature, and heats up in about a minute.

When room temperature reaches the desired level, the ECO function automatically cuts one-third of the power usage. Automatic overheat and tip-over safety shut-off. Includes casters for portability, but they can be removed so the panel can be mounted on a wall, if desired.

Wonderful, yes, I like where this is going. This model can apparently heat a 150 square-foot room – the exact size of my office. It all sounds a bit too good to be true, though, especially at $120. So my question to you, if you’ll humor me, is how well do these things actually work?