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Temperamental Temps? Control Them With This Fan/Heater Combo

Temperamental Temps? Control Them With This Fan/Heater Combo

I live in an old apartment building, built in 1929. The apartments have all been updated to various degrees, but there are little quirks in each one that are leftover from a time long past. For instance, all of the units had ice boxes when the building was first built, so there are little doors in the hallway where big blocks of ice would be delivered and slipped in to cool special cabinets in our apartments where tenants would keep perishables. My icebox has been sealed over, so I just have a big blank space in my kitchen, but some people have an extra little metal cabinet, and some have a cabinet and an ice door. 

One thing in my apartment that is way old is my heater. I've lived her for over four years and it's always worked, but recently it just... died. Probably from old age. 

 Follow me on Instagram  @sarchrz .  It's mostly pictures of my adorable dog interspersed with my complaining about being cold. 

Follow me on Instagram @sarchrz.  It's mostly pictures of my adorable dog interspersed with my complaining about being cold. 

My dad has a Dyson Hot + Cool Jet Focus Fan that he's been raving about for years. I knew I wasn't going to survive this cold snap we were having in LA without a space heater, and when my dad insisted (again) that the Dyson was the best, I got one. 

He was absolutely right. I'm kind of mad I haven't had one these past few years. 

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The Dyson AM09 is both a fan and a heater, so it's useful year-round. It can provide both a concentrated jet of air and wider, whole room airflow. It oscillates, and tilts, so basically whatever your needs, this little baby can meet them. (Also, it can oscillate while tilted.) It has a thermostat in it, so you can set it to whatever heat you desire and it will maintain that temperature without you having to worry about it (great for while you're sleeping!). There's also a timer, in case that's more your style. 

There are no blades, and no exposed heating elements, and it automatically shuts off if it's knocked over, so if you have a kid or a rambunctious dog or are just a real klutz, this is great for you. I have been moving this heater from room to room, and I love that I can unplug it and pick it up to move it without having to worry about burning my hands or disrupting dust (I have never had a fan that wasn't grossly dusty, no matter how I cleaned it. I also live in an apartment from 1929 that faces the street, so that's a factor). 

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The fan is controlled by a sleek little remote control that magnetically attaches to the top of the unit. When I move the heater, I just make sure the remote is on top, and I know it's good to go. One of my favorite things about Dyson products are these little things that you don't think would be HUGE game changers, but they totally are. Now I think every gadget should hold its own remote control for safekeeping. 

The one thing about all Dyson products that can be intimidating is their price tag. This heater/fan is incredible, but it retails for $450. My dad bought his in a Black Friday sale for $400, and I got mine during a big sale for $350. (My dad: That's an amazing price. You have to get one. And then he bought it for me.) If you can swing the cost, go Dyson. They are so far above their competition that there essentially is no competition. 

Wear, Watch, Want #63: The Sparkly Emergency Parka Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #63: The Sparkly Emergency Parka Edition

A Solution For Your Undereyes That's Anything But Ordinary

A Solution For Your Undereyes That's Anything But Ordinary