They’re ba-ack: the rip-off portable heater ads

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It’s not even Halloween yet, but with the changing season the horror of portable heater rip-offs are luring in unsuspecting victims with their full page ads.  

If you see this ad, hide your wallet and run! Don't waste your money.

And so, just like I need to rake the leaves every year, I have to sound the alarm.  We’ve covered this elsewhere:  Don’t buy the “Amish Mantle” heater with the “miracle” technology from China.  And making my “don’t buy” list again this year is also the Eden Pure Heater, even if Bob Vila smiles and offers you a Bob Vila coupon or a Bob Vila toaster.    I’m not the only one who’s warned folks about this.  Consumer Reports gives the Eden Pure heater a cool reception.   

As with the “MIRA-COOL” which I mentioned four weeks ago, generally, you should be very skeptical about ads for products that would seem to defy the laws of physics, tout miracles that they (and only they) have somehow tapped into, or that use a lot a scientific jargon and confusing units to try to make you think that’s the case.  If you want to save energy and save money (and be more comfortable), you’ll have to keep the heat in and produce it more efficiently.  You might be able to close off the entire house and only heat one room as a last ditch measure–but even that isn’t as easy as it sounds.  Often that room wasn’t engineered on all sides to keep the heat in.  And turning off heat in other areas of you home can lead to problems with plumbing, with furniture, and with the building structure.  It’s not as simple as plugging in an overpriced electric heater.   

Eden Pure’s humidity claims rely on some smoke and mirrors.  And while they are more “efficient” than a typical fireplace (many fireplaces actually rob homes of heat), that doesn’t mean an Eden pure is an better than the $30 heater you can buy at many stores this time of year.  Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on something than should cost you 1/10th the price.  Save your money–and put it into insulation and air-sealing.

Thanks,
Mike

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2 Responses to “They’re ba-ack: the rip-off portable heater ads”

  1. WSJ: Misleading Claims on ‘Green’ Labeling « GreenHomes America Says:

    […] In the home energy savings world, we all have to battle the smoke and mirrors ranging from heating products to outrageous claims about window savings.  Caveat emptor!  And that one of the reason we take […]

  2. KGBrown Says:

    You are absolutely correct. ANY electric heater is 100% efficient. Which means you get 100% of what it cost you. Look at fuel price comparisons, you’ll see that electric heat is by far the most expensive. Don’t buy this slick ripoff. The only way you can save with an electric heater is to turn down your house temp to 60, then use the electric heater in the room you’re in. I’ve been in the HVAC field for 40 years. Trust me.

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