Disclosure: I work with a company that sells infrared heaters similar to Edenpure. However, my opinions are based on my own personal experience.
WNY wrote:Any 1500w space heater will do the same thing, and it may save on your gas bill, but your electric bill will go up.
Yes, it will heat your area you are in, but other rooms will get cold, especially if your thermostat is that room.
Go to Walmart or any big box store and get a $30-50 heater, it will do the same thing and cost you much less.
Whenever infrared heaters are discussed, someone inevitably brings up the physical law which says that all resistive-coil electric heaters produce the same number of BTU's per watt. This is absolutely accurate and indisputable. But it is a leap of logic to equate "producing the same number of BTU's
" with "doing exactly the same thing
Let me explain. Suppose it takes 55 gallons of water to water my lawn. I feed that amount of water into my sprinkler system and the lawn stays green. Then my neighbor, who has the same size lawn but no sprinkler system, takes a 55 gallon drum of water and pours it into a big hole in the middle of his lawn. The immediate vicinity stays green, but the rest of his lawn goes brown. But we both used exactly the same amount of water.
I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this. Anyone who has ever used an inexpensive space heater knows how its heat is "distributed" - a spot right in front of the heater gets barbecued to an uncomfortably hot temperature. Standing elsewhere in the room, you might not even notice the heater was on for an hour. Most anyone who has ever used an infrared heater - which the majority its critics haven't, by their own statements - has found that its heat is evenly distributed throughout the room
. This makes all the difference. Even heat distribution means a greater degree of comfort with a lesser amount of run time, which could easily equate to some savings on electricity. I cannot explain how or why this heat distribution works, scientifically. All I can say is that it does, because I have experienced it.
In my opinion, infrared heaters get a bad rap mostly because of the way they are marketed - with terms like "miracle," "breakthrough," and "high efficiency." (Not to mention "Get the heater FREE! plus $250 for the cabinet
) This gives people the idea that the heaters are somehow "magic" - that just plugging one in will somehow automatically draw down your energy bill. Since this obviously isn't the case, the technology in general gets regularly denounced as a scam.
Our company markets the heaters without hype, as exactly what we believe they are: Fantastic space heaters with a hugely increased safety factor.