The Bottom Line
- Easy installation.
- Relatively quiet.
- Multiple wattage settings.
- Limited coverage (up to 180 square feet).
- "Squirrel cage" blower does not put out.
- More appropriate for an RV.
- Multiple wattage settings to suit your needs: 500, 750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, or 2250. Pic..a...Watt... Get it?
- Cover isolated cold spots.
- A step up from stand-alone electric heaters.
- Installs easily, no special tools needed.
- Existing power inside wall is required. It is hard-wired; no plug.
- Can be controlled by a central thermostat.
- Installs nearly flush with wall.
Guide Review - Pic-a-Watt Electric Wall Heater (King Electric)
Many of the downsides of this King Electric product apply more to the general category of electric wall heaters than to Pic-a-Watt itself. Electric wall heaters for your house...? Well, even King suggests this heater may be more appropriate for an RV, boat, or trailer, than for a house. Alas, it is not always possible to spend a fortune on installing a complete forced-air HVAC system in your house, so you do need to find a stop-gap measure (electric baseboard heaters are a good option). Because electric wall heaters install inside the wall, that is another layer of work you need to deal with. Also, they simply don't put out much heat. It would be near suicidal to rely on a system of electric wall heaters to heat your entire house.
But it's the "pick a wattage" aspect that pushes this electric heater to the top. It allows you to calibrate different heaters to different rooms of your house. It's a recommended buy, if you're looking for this type of thing.