2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2, Page #30[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
This Ceiling Fan Cools And Heats Room
Ken's son, Josh, told FARM SHOW the Reiker Room Conditioner uses an impeller fan to push room air through four ceramic heating elements. The air is super heated to 230¦ at the exhaust port. The ceiling fan blades quickly pull it away and disperse it. By the time it leaves the fan blades, the air is at 95¦ and blending with the room.
Careful design safeguards make the new fan safe. "All heating elements are surrounded by high temperature heat sink plastics," explains Reiker. "In addition, located over the last element is a bi-metal thermostat. When it reaches a preset temperature, the metal will bend open and cut power to the elements. If the intake impeller motor were to stop, it would open immediately and cut power."
The unit can replace any standard ceiling fan or ceiling light on a 110-volt circuit where sufficient power is available. At startup, the heat unit uses 1,485 watts, but then drops back to about 492. The company estimates the unit can heat a 20 by 20 by 10-ft. room and operate on as little as 5ó/hour.
" This is an easy fix for people with cold rooms," says Reiker. "With the remote control thermostat, you set the exact temperature, and you get it throughout the entire room."
The heating/fan units are sold primarily through dealers. One dealer advertises the units at $269 and $339 for the two models, one manual and the second remote-controlled. The remote-controlled model includes an energy efficient light kit that has a single 30-watt fluorescent light circle or two compact fluorescent bulbs for 150 watts of light.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Reiker Room Conditioners, 2018 Lewis Turner Blvd., Suite A, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. 32547 (toll free 866 473-4537; email@example.com; www.buyreiker.com).
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