Are quartz heaters just hype eaters?
January 20, 2012 12:03 PM Subscribe
Do these newfangled quartz infared "Amish" space heaters actually do anything new and better? Or is it all just hype?
posted by brenton to technology (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have an apartment with a gas heater in the main room--but the heat doesn't quite reach the bedroom very well, and I don't want to heat the whole apartment on high all night just to get ineffective heat in the bedroom. So I want to buy a little heater for the night, but I've heard conflicting reports on these quartz heaters. Some say they're more cost effective than gas and they're the most efficient ever, using less electricity than a coffee maker, but other say that they heat a room about as much as a coffee maker heats your kitchen and they're expensive to run.
Where can I find a scientific, balanced, and educated evaluation of their effectiveness as compared with other types of heating?
Oh, and what is the association with Amish? I don't get that at all.