Room Heating Series: All You Need to Know About Fan Heaters

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In the previous post, we told you all that you should know about Oil Filled Radiators or OFRs. Today, we’ll cover fan heaters that enjoy a lion’s share in the room heating solutions business across the cooler regions of our country.

What is a Fan Heater?

A heater that uses a fan to blow air over a source of heating, such as a heating element, is known as a fan heater. These electric heaters generally come as portable, plug-in models and are fairly silent to use.

What Does a Fan Heater Look Like?

Fan heaters come in varying shapes, sizes, capacities and colors. Since these heaters are specifically designed to blow hot air, the fan is the most important component in their design. This fan is encased in a metallic, plastic or ceramic case (the heater body). Other components of a fan heater include:

  • Heating element
  • Thermostat
  • Fan blades
  • Thermal fuse
  • Wattage selector switch
  • Tip over switch
  • Air outlet; and
  • Power cord

In terms of variety there’s a plethora of options to choose from to suit your bespoke home heating and aesthetic requirements.

How Does a Fan Heater Work?

Typically a fan heater unit has a ceramic heating element such as ceramic plates or aluminium baffles. These get heated up when electricity passes through them. The fan then blows hot air over the source of heat. In this process, the air gets heated up and upon leaving the heater, warms up the surroundings.

Most fan heaters operate on either of the two heating technologies – tungsten or PTC.

Are Fan Heaters Efficient?

If you’re looking for a quick blast of warmth in a small-to-medium sized enclosed room for a short period of time (2-3 hours in one go), then a fan heater would give you the maximum bang for your buck.

Fan heaters have a simple design and construction, which makes them slightly more affordable as compared to other sophisticated room heating solutions for spot heating.

Also, since the heating element heats up quickly without requiring too much electricity, fan heaters make for an efficient as well as cost effective solution for spot heating in the longer run.

Are Fan Heaters Safe to Use?

Fan heaters are quite safe to use. Most models come with overheat protection and tip-over safety switches that keep mishaps and electrical accidents at bay.  A standard model also has cool touch body, which prevents accidental scalding and injury. However, one should always check and enquire about these safety features before purchasing a unit for personal use.

Most fan heaters are known to cause dryness in the room when operated excessively over longer durations. Truth is, winter air is naturally drier. Therefore, before operating a fan heater, it is advisable to monitor the humidity levels in your room and ensure that it is at least at 40-50%.

Top tip: In case of lesser humidity level, just keep a large bowl of water in the room when the heater is on to maintain the moisture level and avoid extreme dryness; even better – place a humidifier too for maximum comfort.

Conclusion

Fan heating is really a great way to spot heat a room without taxing your pocket or the environment. Use one as a personal heater or to heat one room at a time. Install at home or at the workplace and move it easily from one enclosed space to another.

USHA fan heaters are true design marvels that come in an efficient and stylish range. They ensure effective and fast heating, while reducing your electricity bill. They also maintain the peace and quiet with even, multi-directional heating across the room.

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Room Heating Series: All You Need to Know About Oil Filled Radiators

Winter is coming! Now is the perfect time to dry-clean all the comforters and blankets, dust up the room heaters and prepare for the approaching season change. Needless to say, room heating is an important aspect that requires attention as soon as the mercury begins to drop. While markets are flooded with choices, it is imperative to buy the right heating device based on your bespoke needs to stay warm and comfortable all through the season. We bring you a series of articles to introduce you to all kinds of room heaters. These will help you choose the right one for your home or office space and get the maximum bang for your money.

Let’s begin the series with sleek, stylish and high-performance oil filled radiators (OFRs).

What is an Oil Filled Radiator?

An oil filled radiator, more commonly known by its abbreviated name OFR, is a convection heater used for heating up small indoor spaces. This room heater is filed with oil, which is electrically heated. OFRs do not involve burning oil. They only use oil as a heat reservoir.

OFRs are also known as oil heaters, oil-filled heaters and column heaters.

What Do OFRs Look Like?

Oil filled radiators comprise a number of thin metal columns, known as fins. The front panels of OFRs have the power (On/Off), knob to set heating positions and other thermostatic controls. The heating element is located at the base of the heater. Usually the devices rest on castor wheels, which make them easy to move from one place to another. There is a power cord as well as the facility to wind it up and store it out of the way.

How Does an OFR Work?

The thin metal fins of an OFR have cavities that are filled with silicone oil. The heating element heats up this oil, which in turn stays hot for a long time. This oil flows around the metal column cavities, transferring the heat to the walls of the fins through convection and then to the surrounding areas of the room through convection and radiation.

Do note that this heated oil has very high boiling point (so it stays in liquid state) and high specific heat capacity (so it can store a large amount of thermal energy in a relatively smaller volume)!

Are OFRs Efficient?

OFRs are best-suited for bedrooms and small-to-medium sized enclosed spaces. They come with thermostats that prevent inefficient heating. This means, if your room is already warm, you can choose how much warmer you would like it to get. So the heating would be more efficient and customized to your needs. This feature also makes oil filled radiators more economical to run as compared to other kinds of room heaters.

The power consumption of oil heaters typically falls between 2000 – 2500 Watts. Their power rating is directly proportional to the number of columns (fins) and their length. The wattage determines their operating cost; more wattage equals lesser cost while a lower wattage involves higher cost. Therefore, a 1000 Watts heater will take half the time to reach a desired thermostat setting as compared to a 500 Watts heater.

Some oil heaters come with a fan. This increases the air flow over the heater. As more and more colder air from the room comes into contact with the heater, there is a significant improvement in the rate of heat flow from the heater into the room. This rate of heat flow is even higher when the temperature difference between room air and heater is more.

Are OFRs Safe to Use?

Oil filled radiators are relatively safe to use, especially when compared to fan heaters. They also come equipped with a host of safety features that offer additional peace of mind. For instance, there is overheat protection as well as tip-over switch that cuts off the power when the appliance is tilted or knocked over. Both of these features eliminate the risk of fire or other electrical mishaps.

Do remember that OFRs should not be kept in damp areas such as laundry rooms or bathrooms. The moisture and humidity present in these areas may damage the heating element or reduce its efficiency.

Also, you should never attempt to dry clothes on an OFR or keep flammable materials such as clothing, bedding or plastic toys near the devices they can easily catch fire.

Conclusion

OFRs may be slightly expensive when compared to other kinds of room heaters, but they are matchless in terms of aesthetics, performance and longevity. This makes them a popular choice in modern homes looking for sleek and stylish room heating solutions.

Looking to buy an oil-filled radiator? Usha’s OFRs with a choice of 9, 11 and 13 fins, are the new benchmark in heating efficiency. They use world-class oil grade and ensure faster heating while retaining the humidity levels in a room for a natural and healthy environment around you and your loved ones.

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How To Choose Water Heater Capacity

Given India’s geographical diversity and the natural change of seasons, the need for warm water is quite intrinsic. A water heater or geyser thus is a common household fixture found across the length and breadth of our country. But how big or small a water heater should you get – now that decision requires some serious thinking through! Let’s take a look at 3 important factors that determine the size of water heater to buy:

  1. Place of Installation

Different locations require different capacities of water heaters. For example, in kitchens, hot water requirement is minimal (perhaps, only to wash utensils). Therefore a small capacity water heater (around 1L – 3L) serves the purpose adequately. If you take a bucket shower, a 10L-15L storage water heater will serve your purpose; for an overhead shower, you should go for a slightly higher water heater capacity of 25L. However, if you love taking long, luxurious dips in a bath tub, a larger capacity of 35L – 50L geyser is what you need.

  1. Kind of Climate

Colder climates have lower ambient temperatures. In such climes, the heating element of a geyser takes longer to heat the water to a desired temperature. A large capacity storage water heater (about 10L – 35L) can heat up and store larger quantities of water and help to maintain a steady supply of the same over a longer duration of time (ideal for rushed mornings!) For places with relatively warmer climate, an1L-3L instant water heater will suffice.

  1. Number of People Using Hot Water

The capacity of a water heater is dependent on family size (obviously!). For larger families with more members requiring hot water within a defined period of time, large capacity water geysers are imperative. Fewer people require lesser hot water for their use and can do with a small size geyser.

The following chart will come handy when you decide to buy a water heater:

No. of Persons Recommended Water Heater Capacity
1 – 2 6 Litres – 10 Litres
3 – 4 15 Litres – 25 Litres
5 – 8 35 Litres – 50 Litres

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USHA International bags National Energy Conservation Award 2015

Usha1Government confers USHA with first prize for manufacturing energy efficient ceiling fans for the second year

USHA International, once again bagged the first prize for its energy efficient fan range at the National Energy Conservation Awards 2015 held in New Delhi on December 14, 2015. With its range of 5 star labeled energy efficient fans, the company was conferred with this prestigious award for its maximum contribution in BEE Star labelled fan category. Mr. Rohit Mathur, President- Fans, USHA International, received the award on behalf of USHA from the Honourable Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal at an award event held at Vigyan Bhawan. The National Energy Conservation Award is an annual award ceremony organized to celebrate National Energy Conservation Day and recognize the contribution of companies from various industries towards energy saving.
It is a moment of pride as our contribution towards National energy saving mission is once again recognized by the Government of India. USHA Fans contribution towards energy saving over the past two years is calculated to be 21.5 million KWH units. The contribution is calculated by the standard formula introduced by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), statutory body under the Ministry of Power.

USHA energy efficient fans perform best with low energy input. This range of energy saving ceiling fan was introduced seven (7) years back. USHA fans, like Technix which is one of the lowest power consumption model with 43 watts in the industry, comes with 5 Star BEE rating. Others with 5 Star BEE rating include Vetra Plus, Exxo, Ergo to name a few. USHA fans are tested for air delivery, input power, service value, safety and mechanical strength and other performance metrics.

The National Energy Conservation Awards are instituted by the Government of India, Ministry of Power. The awards recognize innovations and achievements for efficient utilization and conservation of energy in various sectors including industries, buildings, aviation, and municipalities amongst others.

USHA was also identified among the top 100 Most Trusted brands in India in a recent survey conducted by AC Nielsen. The survey highlighted USHA among the top four (4) most trusted consumer durables brands in the country.

Play Barbie with USHA

Usha Barbie leaflet-01Once upon a time a mother spied her daughter playing with dolls, like all little girls do. Caught in the moment she watched her daughter’s little games with delight. Mid-way between the games, she was quite taken back –rather pleasantly surprised, when she realized that her daughter had given adult roles to the little baby dolls. The mother also noticed that the clothing of the paper dolls kept coming off. Her daughter’s game was all but getting ruined with unrealistic and poor quality dolls. I must get her some nice grown-up-looking dolls, the mother thought to herself. But she couldn’t find any in the market, the next day. The shopkeepers simply didn’t have any nice grown-up dolls, so she went to her husband who owned a start-up toy manufacturing business. And the rest, as often said, is history.

The mother’s name was Ruth Handler, her daughter was called Barbara after whom ‘Barbie’ was named. As for father Elliot, he is the ‘el’ in ‘Mattel’ the brand which continues to make Barbie dolls till date. If this story tells us anything it is that children do think like adults with a little bit of ‘fairy tale’ mixed in. And adults by borrowing this glitter of fairy dust often can accomplish the unimaginable. With this very spirit Usha went about creating its Barbie Fans, sprinkling a little fairy dust to bring comfort and joy.

Usha has come up with two marvelous Barbie fans namely Everyday Barbie and Glam Barbie. The Glam Barbie fan depicts Barbie all dressed up doing what she does best. As for Everyday Barbie, well Barbie looks good every day, come rain or shine, just like the durability of both the fans. These innovative and fun fans come equipped with heat-transfer technology for scratch-resistant finish – with the added bonus of whisper quiet operation, longer durability and efficient air delivery across the room.

Designed to enhance the décor of children’s bedrooms, these fans add a touch of magic to the ‘growing-up’ years for kids between 3 to 14 years. But then again Barbie being a celebration of youth and her merchandise being somewhat of collectibles, you can keep them spinning anywhere.

Kitchen Vastushastra Explained

The USHA Kitchen

The USHA Kitchen

Lately there has been a resurgence in ancient Indian philosophy from a very scientific point of view. Take for instance the myth of Dashaavatar where the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu can be viewed within an evolution perspective, as Homo Sapiens moved from Matsya (the fish), Kurma (the amphibious tortoise), through Narshima (half man-half beast),  Rama (the ideal Man) and finally to Kalki (the destroyer of beings – resembling Darwin’s struggle for ‘survival of the fittest’). Similarly Vastushastra or the ancient Hindu doctrine of temple architecture is today being used more and more to plan out living spaces. A huge treatise in itself, of which we will only discuss the kitchen in this post. However, even as we take our first baby steps into the world of Kitchen Vastushastra let me warn you that things have changed – people live differently today. And with new lifestyles old ways innovate with style. So switch on to a New Life With USHA. 

USHA COOKTOPS: Vastu dictates the cooking stove to be at South-East

USHA COOKTOPS: Vastu dictates the cooking stove to be at South-East

Let’s begin with the most basic kitchen appliance, the Cooking Stove / Cooktop. Vastu dictates that it should be at the South-East and shouldn’t be too close to the wall. The former is simple space logic, having a stove at the South-East allows people to store both kitchen utensils and grocery/ingredients along the South and West for easy access. As the ancient laws also dictate that storage units for essential commodities like grains, pulses spices and other non-perishable commodities should be stocked along the South or the West direction. Regions where sunlight wasn’t really necessary – as most ancient kitchens windows were in the East, giving the previous farming communities early access to sunlight.

USHA HOODS, enable you to place your cooktop at any distance from the walls

USHA HOODS, enable you to place your cooktop at any distance from the walls

As for the latter reason of avoiding stoves too close to the walls was because during those days most homes were built with combustible materials; and people were just being cautious.However, today with the emergence of Hoods and new building materials this rule has almost become redundant in most urban homes.

USHA WATER DISPENSER: Store water towards the North East

USHA WATER DISPENSER: Store water towards the North East

The ancient Treatise also instructed people to build their kitchen sinks and store their Drinking water towards the North-East of the Kitchen, this was to ensure that the early morning rays killed the germs thereby keeping the water purified. Similarly fruits and other perishable materials were stored by the water for the very same reasons, which today could be replaced as a place for our Juicers.

USHA JUICERS: Keeping fruits by the window if not inside a Fridge makes sense

USHA JUICERS: Keeping fruits by the window if not inside a Fridge makes sense

Other Cooking Utensils were to be stored next to or near the cooking stove for convenience, in ancient times it could have meant pots and pans, as they were frequently used. For us it would mean our Ovens and Fryers, which would help us to keep a lookout on things – if we happen to be cooking more than a single dish at a time using various different appliances.

USHA FRYER: Appliances located close will help you watch-over your dishes

USHA FRYER: Appliances located close will help you watch-over your dishes

That’s some science titbits behind the glorious art of Vastu, but as we had mentioned earlier, times have changed and with our modern USHA appliances you can place anything, anywhere as you like; as long as you add logic and a little style to it.

USHA HALOGEN OVEN: Happy Cooking!

USHA HALOGEN OVEN: Happy Cooking!

Thinking of rearranging your kitchen? Go ahead and Play with USHA kitchen appliances – Jaw-dropping both in style and the delicious recipes they can cook up.

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Creative Branding: Cool it Raphael!

Ask a room full of people to name top three classical painters that immediately come to their mind? Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, are the most likely ones to figure. So, was this all our Marketing Research behind naming our groundbreaking acrylic series of colorfully glossy fans – Raphael? The answer o’course is no, if it were, we would have named it the thrilling Da Vinci or the pleasing Mona Lisa.

The Raphael Series

The USHA Raphael Series

When we dreamed of the Raphael series, we inspired to create art – a fan that would be glamorous enough for the Renaissance and yet be equipped with the latest technology that would make the Renaissance look cool and comfortable! The Sistine Chapel, thus was out of the question with all due respect, so was the Medici household. And thus we settled on the gorgeous Farnesina Villa, (then owned by the Chigi Banking Family). In two words the interiors of the Villa are ‘glamours and classical’. We could add a hundred more adjectives to it, but to cut it short -this was the place our fan perfectly fit in, adding both glamour and style. Incidentally the interiors were painted by who else but Raphael and hence the name.

Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina

But the story doesn’t end there, Raphael’s most famous painting in the Villa is the Galatea – a painting so remarkable for its time, that many consider it to be the beginning of baroque, the very genre our gloss finished fan was inspired from. Well, that was the story behind the name (Please don’t ask ‘What’s in a name?’ that line has simply been overused a little too much).

Galatea & Raphael Fan Detail

Galatea & Raphael Fan Detail

For us the Raphael Fan was a first of its kind with its: Hourglass inspired exquisite canopy design, Sparkling colours and its uniquely designed parallel blades that enabled high air displacement. And again coincidentally for ancient Rome the waters depicted in the Galatea painting was the inspiration behind most of the first Roman fountains you see today. The waters from these fountains made ancient Rome cool, their aesthetic appeal still manages to make a Roman Holiday cooler; and as for the USHA Raphael Fans they will always keep you glamorously happy – switched on, soothingly cool and switched off, stylishly cooler!

Trevi Fountaib

Trevi Fountain

We just hope that our homage to dear old Raphael doesn’t make him spin in his grave! Or do we? For these hi-tech fans can spin glamour into the simplest of rooms. But we are sure Raphael the eccentric he was, would be loving it. For flaunting was second nature to him, just like the USHA Raphael Series, would be to you.

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Inspired by Vroooom!

Quite a few products have been inspired by things that go vrooom or to use the more common terminology – Automobiles. Even our cities with their roads and highways are built around them. Of these many inspirations three products that stands out due to their immaculate replication are the wrist watch, furniture and fans!

Pairing watches with engineering marvels go a long way back – the very first wrist watch the Cartier Santos was created for a Millionaire Aviator friend of Cartier so that the Brazilian tycoon could keep track of time while flying (but that’s another story),it was followed by the Cartier Tank, which in turn was inspired by what else but Battle Tanks! Besides being associated with the world of F1 racing and other automobile sports (Tag Heuer, Breitling, IWC, etc) watches have mostly taken inspiration from auto engines (Parmigiani and Bentley, Hublot and Ferrari) designs (Porsche Design, Tudor and Ferrari) and even the Race Track (Chopard)!

Hublot And Ferrari

Hublot And Ferrari

Similarly cars have also inspired a range of furniture and interior decor collections. Brands like Lamborghini, Mercedes and Bentley have their own range of furniture inspired by both the interiors and exteriors of their respective cars. The furniture range that stands out among these auto brands is Aston Martin. One look at the featured tables, chairs and lounges and you will know why, as it replicates the Aston Martin’s front shark grill look flawlessly.

Aston Martin Furniture

Aston Martin Furniture

Another brand that has brought the car into the Living Room happens to be Usha, with their E-Series range of ceiling fans, inspired from the auto world. Both the concept of the E-Series along with its painting process are a technological revolution. Unlike the high-end luxury watches and furniture which sport a huge price tag, with the E-Series Usha brings affordable luxury to every home. The automotive inspired finishes for all colours of EX1 and EX3 fans, with their silky smooth finish sparkled by pure aluminum glitters that make these fans eye catching, is nothing short of craftsmanship at its best.

Usha E-Series

Usha E-Series

Inspired by fuel efficient fast cars the flying machine is equipped to consume low electricity with maximum acceleration – racing from 0 to 330 RPM in a matter of seconds. Whereas its in-built precision gear ensures maximum air coverage with a 235 CMM. Add to that the model’s sleek aerodynamics featuring a 1200 mm wing span to whip up a storm! To know more about the E-Series Click Here

A Change of Air

The Victorians were known for their travels, an endeavor to seek out the world which ultimately resulted with the sun never setting over the British Empire. However, there was another kind of travel recommend by doctors and physicians that involved visiting a sea side resort for a change of air. A prescription so religiously followed that soon the beaches of Bournemouth, Brighton and Blackpool turned into resorts catering to ill-health, perhaps the very first kind of Medical Tourism. However not the Victorians but the Romans need to be credited with the idea that physical and mental ailments can be blown away by a change in breeze and scenery. The reason why we don’t hear much about it in the Roman Chronicles is because people were a little reluctant to stay away from the Capital, where plots and power could change overnight.

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The British in their later endeavors to replicate the English Breeze (change of air)  in colonies namely India, went about building hill stations across the Himalayas from Shimla to Darjeeling. These hill stations in all their majestic glory still cater to Indians for a change of air and mood. However today we have become a little like the Romans, given our work schedules we cannot afford to rush off to the hills every time we feel the need for a fresh breeze.

Living congested in our metropolitan cities, entangled in our busy schedules and without any relief from the scorching sun, we have settled for air conditioners and air coolers. However, the former -air conditioners – only ends up making things cold and damp, if a change of air is what you are looking for than the air conditioner is an illusion. Whereas the latter – air coolers – besides being healthy can replicate the sought after ‘change of air’ pretty efficiently. Technologically advanced coolers that use evaporative mechanism to cool air naturally lets out air similar to a breeze flowing across a lake. The breeze lowers the temperature and has a relaxing cooling effect on people. These coolers will turn you into the ideal armchair traveler even while you go about your daily chores.

Usha Air CoolersTo learn more about Evaporative Cooling click here: Evaporative Air Coolers

Ironman: Fashion for Men!

One can’t but feel neglected when it comes to Men’s Fashion when compared to Women’s. Be it on the catwalks or the very many e-commerce and fashion websites. As against the highly imaginative and sometimes ridiculous dresses that female models flaunt on the Catwalk, men have only sported them as accessories to superpowers – Superman’s cape and the traditional circus men’s lower outfit, Batman’s half mask that only reveals his chiseled jaws, Green Lantern’s neon tights and Hulk’s elastic beachwear!

There are three reasons behind this fashion blunder – Fits, Cuts and Creases. Men’s fashion has always been about the former two – fits and cuts. If you get them right either you become the envy of your peers or a multi-millionaire after setting up a Fashion House. That is exactly what Giorgio Armani did in the beginning and an Armani suit is still about fits and cuts. This brings us to the last point – Creases.

No matter what cuts you flaunt or which colour you wear, if you are dressed in creases it is an epic fail. And even the simplest of cuts if worn properly without any creases will propel you to one of those notorious “Best Dressed” Lists. Yes, that’s right to make it in the world of fashion, you need to be Ironman! A well ironed dress is worth a thousand looks with or without superpowers.

The only problem that stands in your way is Time. There is no time before we rush off to work in the morning; no time to iron before we head out to a party. No time after we reach home late due to the blasted traffic. But all you need to counter this menace is a simple Dry Iron! You don’t need fancy gadgets or gizmos and until your Smartphone learns to iron get yourself one of these colorful Irons. They are easy to use, fast and great for quickies and not expensive at all. After a hard day’s work or during a busy morning schedule the Dry Iron will help you get rid of those creases with ease. And it does a real quick job on already ironed clothes making sure that you make a style statement every time you put your favorite shirt on.

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