QUESTION: We're thinking of buying a heater that hangs on the wall, has a fabric cover and looks like a painting. We want to use it to add a little extra heat to the baby's room. Is it an appropriate choice?
ANSWER: Yes, it will likely work well for your intended purpose. It will allow you to keep the baby's room warmer without adding more heat to the entire house. It has no fan so it will operate quietly and won't contribute to the circulation of dust.
This heater produces a form of heat called radiant heat. It works like the sun does, heating objects in its path rather than air. Like the sun, its rays feel warm to you even if the surrounding air is cool. It works like this because the heater's surface is kept much warmer than the rest of the room's surfaces (though not too hot to touch), so it constantly radiates heat waves to them.
It's important to place radiant heaters in a location where they are free and clear of any obstructions such as furniture or drapes that would reduce the transfer of heat. In the baby's room it might be best to hang the heater on a wall near one side of the baby's crib so no objects obstruct the heater's view of the crib. Not too close. As a test, sit quietly right next to the crib with the heat on, stay there awhile to learn how it feels to you. Try hanging a blanket on the side of the crib that is opposite the heater. Then, the radiant heat will warm both this blanket and the crib mattress, making a cozy nest.