Yes, there is a blower mechanism. I was concerned it would be a noisy distraction, but it is just fine. Be aware, heat only comes out the front and at "foot level". It's great on the feet while sitting. That said, it puts out enough heat to take the chill off a 10' x 10' covered porch area in cool weather. There are warnings not to use outdoors, however, I keep it in my living room to take out as needed.
The power cord is 6 ft long. This is a definite disadvantage for most porches since the electric will usually be on the house wall side of the porch. There are several emphatic statements, one on a label attached to the cord, another in the directions, not to use an extension cord with the heater. The short power cord may make the heater unusable on some porches.
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Good luck using it anywhere outside.