I love winter! I love getting warm jammies on, sipping hot chocolate, and snuggling up in a big chair to read a book out loud with the kids. What I don’t particularly enjoy about winter is when I’m not getting all warm and cozy and am just trying to function without freezing. Like, you know, when you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the restroom and discover an icy floor and remember that the heater doesn’t particularly like to reach the corners of your bedroom.
OK, so maybe I really don’t love winter all that much after all. Yes, our bedroom is drafty. Our main heater does a great job of the living room and the kids bedroom (thankfully), but our room, eh, not so much. So I was super excited to be getting my hands on a Honeywell Energy Smart 360 Surround Heater! The good folks at Honeywell provided me with one for review purposes.
This little guy packs a solid punch. The heater is a good size; not small enough that the cat can knock it over when he attacks, but not large enough to take up valuable floorspace in your house. And one of these heaters will easily heat an entire room – if not an entire level – of your home. In fact, during the day, I’d close up the bedrooms and bring this guy with me in the living room. It actually heats better than my main heater.
In addition to high – med – low heat settings, it has a switch on the back that can make it go from heating just in front of it (great if you put it in a corner of a room and need just that room heated) or to get that 360 degree coverage when you want a larger room/section of your home to warm up.
All in all, I love this heater and will be buying another for downstairs.
I was also lucky enough to review a Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier. Now, I’ve never been sold on the whole humidifier concept. I’ve lived in South Florida and in the desert of Nevada, and I just don’t get why humidity is better. But, I dutifully plugged in my new humidifier to try it out. For me personally, I noticed that the heat stayed in the house better with it, and I didn’t need near as much chapstick.
But then the *trouble* started..the Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier has this really neat little slot where you can put a scented VapoPad that has soothing menthol vapors in it. While the humidifier is on, it gives off the vapor of VapoRub. My 13 yr old son just happened to have caught a cold when we plugged in the humidifier, and now, he has permanently claimed it! I’m thinking I may need to buy a second one just so we have one on hand!
I asked him for his opinion of the Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier for this review, and he said, “I like it. Can you buy me some more VapoPads?” Now I just keep them in the house.
All in all, I am very pleased with both the Honeywell EnergySmart 360 Surround Heater and the Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier. They are the perfect products to chase away the winter blues!