US 2633647 A
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April 7, 1953 c. E. JONES 2,633,647
ELECTRIC HEATER AND FAN Filed March 8, 1950 2 Si-lEETS-SHEET 1 INVENTOR.
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g/zarfagitfow MfiMJ/ Patented Apr. 7, 1953 ELECTRIC HEATER AND FAN Charles E. Jones, Chicago, Ill., assignor to Cory Corporation, Chicago, 111., a corporation of Delaware Application March 8, 1950, Serial No. 148,320
This invention relates to an electric heater and fan combination, and it is more particularly concerned with a device of this character which is adapted to be supported on a wall or similar support.
It is a general object of the invention to provide a combination electric fan and heater unit which is constructed and arranged so that it may be supported in an inclined position on a vertical wall or similar support and which, when the fan and heater are operated, will direct a stream of warm air at an angle downwardly and away from the support on which it is secured.
It is a more specific object of the invention to provide a device adapted to be secured to a wall or similar support which comprises electric fan and heater units mounted in a casing of generally triangular cross section, the fan and heater units being so arranged that they will supply a stream of heated air through a downwardly and outwardly opening grilled side wall in the easing and a movable frame connected to the casing by a foldable bellows adapted to form a hood therefor.
Another object of the invention is to provide an electric heater and fan combination in which the fan and heater mechanisms are enclosed in a generally triangular casing, which casing sup ports a U-shaped movable frame pivotally connected to the bottom thereof and having a collapsible hood member connecting the same with the top and sides of the casing so that the hood may be lowered into a generally horizontal position for intercepting warm air delivered by the fan, whereby to provide a hair drying device.
Another object of the invention is to provide a device of the character described wherein foldable article supporting rod members are pivotally mounted adjacent the upper edge of the casing.
These and other objects of the invention will be apparent from a consideration of the device which is shown by way of illustration in the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Fig. l is a front elevation of a combination electric heater and fan device embodying the principles of the invention, the device being shown in position in which it is attached to a vertical wall or other similar support;
Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the device;
Fig. 3 is a top view of the device; and
Fig. 4 is a vertical section, taken generally on the line 44 of Fig. 1, with the hood in extended position.
Referring now to the drawings, there is illustrated a device which incorporates the principles of the invention and which is particularly adapted to be supported on the wall of a bathroom, or the like, where it may be used as a fan or heater generally, or as a hair drier.
The illustrated device comprises a casing H) which has a vertical cross section generally triangular in shape as shown more particularly in Fig. 4. The casing l includes a back member or wall H which is adapted to be arranged in vertical position and to be secured to an upstanding wall or other supporting member (not shown).
At the top of the back casing member ii an angular bracket I2 is secured by means of bolts 13. On the forward member M of the bracket l2 which is arranged at an upwardly and outwardly sloping angle relative to the vertical back wall It a combination fan and heater arrange ment is secured in spaced relation thereto by bolts l5 and spacer sleeves l 6. The arrangement comprises two or more heating elements I I mounted on a suitable insulated support or reflector member l8, which is secured by the bolts IE to the bracket l2. A fan including motor 19 and fan blade 20 is also secured to the support [8 by bolts 2| or other fastening elements. Alternately, the fan may be secured directly to the supporting bracket member [4. The fan blade 20 is arranged at an angle to the wall It so that it directs air outwardly and downwardly relative to the back casing member I I.
The casing l0 includes a top section comprising rear portion 22 which extends upwardly at a slight angle from the upper marginal edge of the back member II and a front portion 23 which extends downwardly and forwardly from the front margin of rear portion 22. The front top porttion 23 terminates at the top edge of a downwardly and rearwardly sloping front member 24. The rear portion 22 is provided with spaced parallel transverse slots 25 to admit air to the fan.
Parallel side wall member 26 extend downwardly and in generally parallel relation from the end or side marginal edges of the top forming members 22 and 23. The side wall members 25 are slotted at 21 to permit air to be drawn in from the side. The side walls 26 are somewhat narrower at the bottom than the top and a relatively narrow bottom wall 28 connects the bottom marginal edges thereof, extending across the bottom of the casing ID in a generally horizontal direction. The bottom Wall 28 is slotted at 2: to provide for the circulation of air from the bottom of the casing. The front wall 24 com-prises an upper grid-like arrangement 30 which extends down toward the bottom wall 28 a sufiicient distance to accommodate the air delivered by the fan blade 20. The front wall 24 is ofiset at 3'1 adjacent the bottom edge to provide a panel-like portion 32 extending to the bottom wall 28.
The front panel portion 32 is recessed or slotted at 33 adjacent the lower center to provide access to a switch 34 which controls the current delivered to the heating elements I! and the fan motor I9.
The top wall of casing H3 is provided with an apron member 35 extending outwardly and upwardly from the meeting edges of portions 22 and 23 and the side walls 26 are provided with a similar apron member 36 forming a continuation of the apron member 35 but being tapered to a point adjacent the lower forward side edges of the front panel member 32. 7
A generally U-shaped frame 3! is hinged to the bottom forward end edges of the casing H) which consists or a rim portion38, rearwardly sloping side wall'members 39 which are *narrower'a'tthe bottom than at the top, and a connecting top portion 48 which extends ina sloping direction upwardly and rearwardly from the rim portion 38. The rim'portion 33 is secured at the bottom ends by bolts 3 l, or other means, to the sidewall members 26 so that the frame 31 may swing from a position telescoping the forward portion of the casing iflto a position generally horizontal and extending outwardly from the same. The wall portions 39 and 43 of therframe 3? are connected at their'rearedges to the forward edges of a folda'ble'or collapsible hood 42 which is connected at its opposite edges with the outwardly extending apron members 35 and 33. he hood 32 is supported intermediate its edges by a plurality of U-shaped rod-like frame members as which are also pivotally connected at their bottorn ends by the bolts 4| to the side wall members to support clothing or small articles which may be hung thereon and extend downwardly into the path of the'air delivered by the fan blade 20 through the grid 33 of the front wall 24.
The hood 52 may be replaced by a bellows or accordion type hood of suitable material and intermediate supporting members 43 may 'be omitted. Also the hood need not fold into the space below the apron 35 and frame 37.
The device of the present invention is particularly adapted to be supported on the wall of a bathroom .or in a similar place where astream of hot air isfrequently desired. The hood 42 combined with the frame 37 permits the device to be used for hair drying or similar purposes. When the frame 3'! is in the downward position extending generally horizontally from the wall or other supporting structure the air from the fan blade 23 will be directed to the hood 42 downwardly onto a person seated beneath the device.
The'fan 2B andheat unit or units I? are supplied with current 'i from a: suitable source and controlled by the switch 34-so that they maybe used in combination to deliver through the grid 33 a stream of warmairor they'may be used separately, as desired.
While specific details of construction and materials have been referred to in describing the illustrated form of the invention, it will be understood that other materials and other details of construction may be resorted to within the spirit of the invention.
1. In a wall mounted heater and fan, a casing having a wall engaging back member and a perforated front member, said front member being arranged in angular spaced relation to said back member, an electric fan and heater unit mounted in said casing with the fan arranged to direct a stream of air through said perforated front member, an inverted U-shaped frame having the ends of the leg members thereof pivotally connected to the bottom of said casing and having the body thereof adapted to swing outwardly of said casing, and a collapsible hood connecting the body of said frame withsaid casing.
2. In a wall mounted heater and fan as recited inclaim land intermediate inverted U-shape'c l members pivotallyconnectedat the ends thereof to the bottom portion of said casing to support said hood in extended position forwardly of said casing,
3. In a combination heater and'drier, a supporting casing for an electric heater and fan construction, said casing comprising a back member'adapted to be supported from an upstanding wall or the like, a top member, generally triangular side members and a front member extending outwardly and upwardly relative to said back member, said front member having a perforated portion, means for supporting an electric fan'and heater in said casing with th'e'fan arranged parallel to the front casing member, and an extensible hood secured to said casing and adapted to be extended outwardly of the same.
4. In a combination heater and drier, a supporting casing foran electric heater and fan construction, said casing comprising a back member adapted to be supported from an upstanding wall or the like, a top member, generally triangular side members and a front member extending outwardly and upwardly relative to said member, said front member having a perforated portion, means for supporting an electric fan and heater in said casing with the fan arranged parallel to the'front casing member, and a foldable hood secured to said casing and adapted to' be opened out into a forwardly extending position relative to said casing.
5. In a combination heater and drier, a supporting casing for an electric heater and fan construction, said casing comprising a back member adapted to be supported from an upstanding wall or the like, a top member, generally triangular side members and a front member ex tending outwardly and upwardly relative to said back member, said front member having a perforated portion, means for supporting an electric fan and heater in said casing with the fan arranged parallel to the front casing member, an inverted 'U-shaped' frame swingably secured at its ends to lower portions of said casing side members and a foldable hoodforming member connected to said casing and said frame.
6. In a combination heater and drier, a sup porting casing for an electric heater and fan construction, said casing comprising aback member adapted to be supported from an upstanding wall orthe like, a top member, generally triangular side members andza'front member 'extending outwardly and upwardly relative to said back member, said front member having a perforated portion, means for supporting an electric fan and heater in said casing with the fan arranged parallel to the front casing member, an inverted U-shaped frame swingably secured at its ends to lower portions of said casing side members, a foldable hood forming member connected to said casing and said frame, and an apron extending forwardly and outwardly of the top and side casing members, said hood being secured to said apron and being foldable between said apron and said U-shaped frame when the latter is swung to a position adjacent said casing.
7. In a combination heater and drier, a, supporting casing for an electric heater and fan construction, said casin comprising a base member adapted to be supported in vertical relation from a wall or other support, a top member, side members and a front member having a perforated portion extending in an outwardly and upwardly inclined relation to said base member,
bracket means in said casing for supporting an electric fan and heater with the fan and heater arranged to direct a stream of heated air through the perforated portion of said front casing member, and an extensible hood secured to said casing and adapted to be extended from a collapsed position adjacent the top and side members to an extended position outwardly of said front casing member.
CHARLES E. JONES.
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