Are Infrared Heaters a Scam?

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Post Sat. Nov. 21, 2009 11:33 am

They are claiming that these heaters can do a 1500sq ft. home and it only cost a 1.00 a day. I'm sure it's 2.00 a day for electricity where I'm at. I was thinking of getting one for my basement. Does anyone have any experience with these units?
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Post Sat. Nov. 21, 2009 1:24 pm

Save your money. The idea behind infra red heaters is that you can feel the heat of radiation, just like your coal stove, and perhaps be warm enough even though the actual room heat may not be at a comfortable level. This allows you to turn down the thermostat. Of course you would have to move the heater to whatever room you were in. As far as actual heat value they are no different than any other electric heater which can be bought for far less. To put heat into a basement would be a waste.

Cost to run would depend on your electric rate. At 1500 watts x 24hours this equals 36 kilowatt hours per day. If your rate is .20 per kilowatt hour then this would be $7.20 per day times 30 for the month, or $216.00.

Electric heaters are great to supply temporary supplemental heat in something like a bathroom where it is only on for a short time. Otherwise too expensive.


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Post Sat. Nov. 21, 2009 1:45 pm

I haven't used them, but agree with Richard. Some of our friends have two Eden Pure's. I suppose it's the same. They say that they work well. Their electric bill has gone up $100+ per month. Their oil consumption has almost been cut in half (so they claim). They have forced hot air and an oil fired DWH heater. On another note, my father-in-law bought one and he hated it. He used it for one month and is now trying to sell it. He said that he didn't see any savings.
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Post Sat. Nov. 21, 2009 2:02 pm

Well....they do function other than Richards math on the cost to use is correct and also for about $50 you can go to your local hardware store and get one that is mechanically and electrically the same.
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