Dyson Hot Fan Heater Announced

The launch of a
new  Dyson product is always
something which excites the inner child in you. You hope for something magical,
something that will change your life, but you usually end up with a fan of some

And so it was at
the latest worldwide launch in London today when the company launched the Dyson Hot, a fan heater which like its
predecessor, the Air Multiplier, has no blades.

Dyson claims the Dyson Hot will heat a room evenly faster than any other fan currently
available and while we have yet to test out its claim, going on previous
experience we have to give Dyson the benefit of the doubt.

The whole thing
works in a similar way to the {link
Air Multiplier}, but Dyson was at pains to point out that heating a room and
cooling a person were two very different propositions.

Using the Air
Multiplier technology, air is drawn in through a “mixed flow”
impeller which Dyson grandly claims is a combination of the technologies used in turbochargers
and jet engines. It is then accelerated through a 2.5mm gap, set within the
loop amplifier.

This creates a
jet of hot air which passes over an airfoil-shaped ramp channelling its
direction. Surrounding air is drawn into the airflow, seemingly amplifying it six times in
a process known as “inducement and entrainment” – which sounds like
some form of torture to us. The six time amplification compares to a 14x
amplification seen on the Air Multiplier fan, a reduction presumably down to the fact that a higher ratio would cool the air too much.

Like its
predecessor, the Dyson Hot can rotate through 90 degrees to spread the hot air
around and can be set to temperatures between one and 37 degrees. The Dyson Hot
will regulate itself so as to maintain the desired temperature rather than
constantly pumping out hot air. As well as helping save energy, it will make
your living conditions a lot more comfortable.

Safety is a major
issue with fan heaters and Dyson were very conscious of this. The body of the
heater does not get hot to the touch and the two ceramic stone elements are
hidden within the sides of the fan so as to prevent the exterior heating up.
The fan is also fitted with a switch so that if it falls over it will cut out.

Another issue
with traditional fan heaters, according to Dyson, is that they heat up so much
they burn the dust in the air around them, creating a nasty smell. The ceramic
stones are calibrated so that they won’t get hot enough to burn this dust, thus
eliminating the problem.

The controls on
the front of the Dyson Hot are straight forward, allowing you to turn it
on/off, control the rotation, set the temperature and set the air flow level as
well as see what temperature the fan is set at. A neat remote control
replicates these functions.

Because the
temperature can be set as low as one degree, the Dyson Hot can also be used as
a regular fan to cool a room, though Dyson pointed out that this was not its
primary function and would not replace the Air Multiplier range.

The Dyson Hot
will be available in iron/blue and white/silver and will set you back £269.99
when it goes on sale later today in John Lewis and from other retailers at the
beginning of October.

While we were
hoping for a cyclone-powered PC or a smartphone that ran on air, we’ll have to
make do with a fan heater which Dyson claims could eventually replace your
central heating system.

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