It's (almost) that time of year again: the time for jeans, hoodies, fires, and, if you work in a drafty office, space heaters. Instead of relying on some eyesore to keep you warm this year, upgrade to the Dyson Hot ($400). Built using the same technology as the company's Air Multiplier fans, the Hot uses bladeless technology — see, the old guy* still has his finger! — a heating element built safely into the base, a thermostat control, and an oscillating motor to push hot air across any space, keeping you warm and your area free of fire-hazards.
*Sir James Dyson
Looking for a way to cool off this summer that won't spoil your carefully curated early 20th century vibe? The Arden Fan ($335) is a fine choice, thanks to its walnut finish, tripod-style legs, and oil-rubbed bronze construction, while its three-speed 74 x 18 motor and 50 degree oscillation remind you that you're not really living in the past.
Let's be frank: most of the time, you don't care what a fan looks like — you just need it to blow some air to cool you down. But for those times when you care, there a few fans cooler than the Stadler Form Q Fan ($200). Crafted from stainless steel and aluminum and designed by Carlo Borer, the Q has legs on only side, allowing its round form to join brilliantly with them to create that most inquisitive of letters. U.S. purchasers, get your 220V adapters ready — no 110V version is available.
Normally we wouldn't recommend carrying around fire in a suitcase, but we'll make an exception for the Conmoto Travelmate Portable Fireplace ($3,200). Made from black powder-coated steel, with glass partitions and a steel fuel holder, this briefcase-sized firebox burns bio-ethanol liquid fuel, is light enough to be carried anywhere, and looks so good that it'll demand attention no matter what room you're in.
When it comes to heating a room or house in the dead of winter, who are we to argue with Canadian lumberjacks? The Bullerjan Furnace ($TBA) employs a crazy engine-like design to move air from the bottom to the top vents, heating it on the way by. Meanwhile, the unique design also allows for even burn up and lengthy heat retention, getting the most out of the wood it burns.
Keep dry winter air from harming your skin, furniture, and overall health with the Stadler Form William Ultrasonic Humidifier ($230). This stylish ultrasonic humidifier can cover up to 1,000 square feet, and features an on/off time, a sleep mode, a turntable mist diffuser, an Ionic Silver Cube to ward off bacteria, an integrated hygrostat, and a maximum output of 3.5 gallons per day, meaning you might be filling up the 1.5 gallon tank more often than you think.
Feed your inner pyromaniac without putting yourself, family, or closest neighbors in danger of bodily harm with Dynamite Fire Starters ($40). Despite the name, these fire-starter sticks aren't actually made of dynamite, but do resemble cartoon-style TNT with their elongated cylindrical bodies. Made from paraffin and sawdust, 20 sticks come in each pack, encased in a finger-jointed cedar box that resembles the real dynamite boxes of old.
Leave it to the air maestros at Dyson to create a fan with no blades. The Dyson Air Multiplier ($300-$330) uses a fairly ingenious design to suck air into the base, accelerating it through an small aperture in the device's ring and then over a ramp to channel its direction. As it happens, this also causes the air behind and around the machine to be drawn into the airflow, creating a smooth stream of air amplified 15 times, without the unpleasant buffeting caused by the blades of a traditional fan chopping the air. The only downside? It's a $300 fan.
Typically, when the weather turns warm, electric bills go up. You can avoid spending that extra cash by just cooling the room you're in. And now you can do it in style. Check out the Otto Wooden Fan ($200), a wood-framed fan that looks vintage but features modern touches like three speeds and height-adjustable feet. The wood-ring frame has been oiled twice to create matte finish that will make you want to keep it on display all year long.
With Uncrate HQ suffering outdoor temps in the high 20's today, we're longing for an extra jolt of heat. Like the Mr. Heater Big Buddy Portable Heater ($107). This indoor/outdoor propane heater blasts out 18,000 BTUs, heating a 400 square feet area for up to 220 hours on one tank — with the thermostat on low. It features an integrated hot air blowing system, an automatic low-oxygen shut-off system, a built-in Piezo starter, and an easy-carry handle.
Slim enough to mount on a wall, the Minus A2 Air Purifier ($550) is a great choice for keeping your air healthy and clean this winter. It features a six stage purification system with a BioGS HEPA filter, light-activated auto-mode operation, a mood light for therapy and relaxation, and offers a variety of custom filters to tailor the unit to your needs.
Need to cool down an apartment but want to take your newly-bought AC unit with you when your lease is up? Take a look at the DeLonghi Portable Air Conditioner ($750). With sleek styling, the 11,000-BTU cooling capacity unit will look great wherever you need to cool down, and features an electronic control panel with LED display, an included LCD remote control, a 24-hour programmable timer, adjustable thermostat, and more. Never worry about your window unit crushing a passerby again.