Landscape radiators

Landscape radiators


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Landscape radiators (a.k.a. field radiators or sky radios) are one of my favorite indoor fixtures to use in my home office. And no, they are not a myth. Many of us just don’t realize they exist. They are very common in European homes, especially in the summer. They are a perfect way to bring the outdoors in and heat up the space without spending any money. They do not need a separate electric bill or a lot of water usage. They also aren’t as big as some of the other passive home improvements. I have heard them called portable air conditioning and you can even get them that way. (Not only are they in Europe, but also as car heaters, portable air conditioners, they are as cool as they are for heat.)

The good news is that they are so easy to install. They are basically just a radiator. And the bad news? They are very easy to install. You can buy them ready-made, but if you are handy or want to save some money, I’ll show you how to build your own.

I got my first landscape radiator in 2005 when I was living in England. The apartment we were renting came with them. There was a radiator in the living room, a ceiling fan and a window with a simple mesh panel in it that you could open and close. A simple window fan was enough for summer, but winter, I could hear the frigid air wafting from the radiator. It was awful. That window would not shut. It had a very simple mechanism that allowed you to open it a little, but was unable to completely shut off the cold. It was a very basic, if effective, heater and I would recommend building a little box with a fan and a small window in it.

My window had just such a little box, but the radiator was far too big. When it was cold, I could turn it to the right and it would be slightly better, but only by a few degrees. It also didn’t fit. So when I returned to the US and found the same window, I bought a more-than-large radiator and a small fan. It worked great. I was able to open the window, turning the fan on. It worked great for a couple of years, until… well, everything.

I went through a lot of pain trying to figure out why my radiator no longer worked. My first thought was that it was the fan. It went off at one point. I put it back on and the radiator started working again. That took me to the second theory: it was the window. It was no longer able to open and close all the way. It was too strong of a latch, so I couldn’t get it all the way closed. This did not explain why the radiator did not work, but I went on in my investigations.

This continued for a few years, until I figured out that my entire house had to be rewired. I figured that the heat was not coming through properly. I had electric panels, but had used a few old, heavy-duty wires to move the system from the old gas heat and run a new cord to it. And then I had the problem again. My first thought was that it was because I had changed the wire. So I put on a new wire and the heater worked fine. This is when the entire house was switched over to AC (and a few years later I was able to put in an electric panel).

And now, there is a third problem: I need to replace the wires. I thought they were cheap, but they were clearly cheapened by the constant use. They are a great idea for those who don’t need to travel very far, but when I moved the heater around a couple of times and had to do a bit of cable fishing, I realised just how cheap they were. I should have known to expect the worst, since they were electric.

Now I am on the lookout for cheapish but goodish quality cables.

While searching, I came across some comments on “the best way to buy cables” and “how much should a cable cost”. My feeling is that you should always buy a “cheap” cable, unless you know what you are doing, or you have done your research. And the cheapest will often be worse than a more expensive cable. It is a good rule of thumb.

As I mentioned earlier, I don’t really care about how “smart” a heater is. All I care about is that it works, and there is only one thing I want to get: a heater that works, and doesn’t cost a fortune.

In short: there is no such thing as a good heater or bad heater. Every heater is a compromise between the price you want to pay, and the reliability you want to achieve.

Cheap things will last a short time, as in fact most things do.

In the future I will write about the specifics of my particular heater. For now, I will leave you with some more cheap products that I thought were worth sharing with you.

If I miss any, do let me know.

Cable

I have an assortment of cables, from all three cable companies in Australia. All cable are good. It all depends on what cable you are looking for, and what budget you want to hit. There are a few things that I miss:

A 3-plug plug on my flat is a nightmare, so I would like a 4-plug (it doesn’t matter which, actually) and a 2-plug, for the convenience of flat owners.

I want to have more than two cables, to have room for more components.

If I have to, I will have to run more cables, to run power to another room. This means I need the ability to have two cables in the back of the flat, which I can’t really do on my flat.

There is also a third cable that I haven’t found yet. It’s in a box under my couch and I can’t seem to find it. This box has a light switch, and a power outlet, but no other cable in it. I assume it is a data cable, that I will need in the future, but I haven’t actually used yet.

Cable is not a necessity. It’s a commodity, like food or gas. You can live without it.

Lighting

I have two lamps, one on each wall.

The ceiling is pretty dark in my flat. I like to sit on the couch and read, but my eyes get tired after a while and I can’t really see a lot of detail in my book. I have to turn on the lights every now and then, to see the pages.

One of the lamps has three settings (low, medium, high).

The other lamp, which I like a lot, has three settings (medium, medium-high, bright).

I don’t have the luxury of a desk lamp. I use a table lamp.

In the future, I might even get a lamp that has multiple positions.

Sound

I have a headphone, so I don’t need a built-in speaker.

I also have an iPod, and that plugs into my flat’s charging port. That’s all I really need.

Storage

In addition to my book-box, there is a large chest, under the kitchen table


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Comments:

  1. Bragor

    Sometimes Worse Things Happen

  2. Elvis

    To merge. I agree with all of the above-said. Let us try to discuss the matter. Here, or in the afternoon.

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  4. Akinokinos

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  5. Bradley

    Author, write more often - they read you!

  6. Erebus

    Quite a great idea



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