Portable heater


The latest issue of the AARP Bulletin had an ad for a new advanced portable heater that they claim can cut the heating bill by up to 50 %. It is the EdenPURE sold by BioTech Research. The unit is reported to be safe and will cover an entire room (up to 1000 square feet) with warmth from floor to ceiling. Does anyone here have any information on this?
---MIKE---

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Hi Mike,
This is a glorified (and rather costly) electric space heater. There's nothing magical about it -- an inexpensive oil-filled radiator would perform equally well and would be just as safe.
Any potential savings are predicated on you turning down your central heating and "zone" or "spot" heating the room where you spend the bulk of your time. Given the high cost of electricity in your area, I suspect your savings would be very modest or perhaps nil.
My advice: take a pass.
Cheers, Paul
On Sat, 14 Oct 2006 13:30:33 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (---MIKE---) wrote:

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---MIKE--- wrote:

Nothing particularly new or advanced (other than the hype)...they're just quartz radiant heaters (and probably, given the advertising outlet, overpriced)...
DAGS...
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The latest issue of the AARP Bulletin had an ad for a new advanced portable heater that they claim can cut the heating bill by up to 50 %. It is the EdenPURE sold by BioTech Research. The unit is reported to be safe and will cover an entire room (up to 1000 square feet) with warmth from floor to ceiling. Does anyone here have any information on this?
IMO, it is bordering on scam. It is an electric heater. It takes a given amount of electricity to produce a given amount of heat. All electric heaters are 100% efficient.
So, you ask, how will it cut my heating cost by 50%? Not be reduced energy or increased efficiency. If you heat the one room you are using and don't heat the rest of the house so much, you can reduce your heating cots by 50%. Keep in mind, you may freeze your ass off in the other rooms though.
EdenPure is not changing the laws of physics, just tampering with wording for an ad.
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

. Amen to that. All electric heaters are almost equal. Thse claims have ben made over and over again by 'hucksters'!
Sounds rather like the advertising for heaters sold by one the cost cutting big box stores, several years ago, that claimed the shape of the bowl was "Based on space age technology". (i.e. radar dish etc.). Since it was a 115 volts plug-in it was limited to about 1500 watts.
They forgot to mention that my parents had two of the same thing (parabolic bowl electric heaters) back in the 1930s, long before Werner Von Braun and Hitler's V2 rockets.
I recall, as a nipper, 'helping' my dad to fix them in our inadequately heated house during the late 1930s and 1940s. I think they survived our various moves and the bombing of the UK during WWII and were fnally scrapped sometime in the 1960s IIRC.
Tell the OP to get back to basics; almost anything can heat 1000 sq feet. Some will asphyxiate you, other will burn you. Nothing magic about electric heat!
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