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  1. #1
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    Has anyone ever seen a suncloud electric furnace? They look like big space heaters but are not (technicly). These heaters do have a heat exchanger and 4 375 watt infared light bulds as the heat source. They claim to save up to 50% of your energy bill. If you want to check them out and let me know what you think the web site is http://www.suncloud.com

    I appreciate any input or comments.

  2. #2
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    I called them and got the BTU rating.
    5118 Btu and 1500 watts. Guess what that's 3.142 Btu per watt just like any other electric heat.
    No more efficient, just more expensive to buy and maintain.

  3. #3
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    Now thats a waste of money, buying one of those things for that price.

    Its electric heat weather using a bulb, or an element.
    It doesn't save you any more the a 50 dollar electric space heater.
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  4. #4
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    From their website:

    "QUICK FACT SHEET

    Heats approx. 500-800 sq. ft.
    1500 watts
    5118 BTUs
    Uses standard household current--110/120
    12.8 amps
    Fan--120 cfm"


    "*REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION: The Solar Comfort Heating System used 35% less energy than a conventional electric furnace/baseboard system, as proven in a utility's field test for a full heating season. Calculations show that the Solar Comfort will heat more efficiently than the Heat Pump. When compared with today's spiraling gas, propane, and fuel oil cost, the Solar Comfort Heating System provides even greater savings."



    How can that be?

    Certainly not "Truth in Advertising", is it?

    This is a scam, pure and simple.

  5. #5
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    Originally posted by homeownerplus
    They look like big space heaters but are not (technicly).
    they look more like a big scam than a big space heater. They talk about all the benefits of radiant heat from the bulbs, but then they use the heat exhanger to turn the radiant heat into convective heat (forced air), so all the benefits are lost.

    if your looking for a plug in space heater, get an oil filled filled electric radiator or baseboard for $30 at the hardware store. They are the most comfortable and safest space heaters you can buy


  6. #6
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    And you could offer an ionic breeze as a filtering system to go with it...

  7. #7
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    Originally posted by bwal2
    Calculations show that the Solar Comfort will heat more efficiently than the Heat Pump.

    How can that be?


    Simple, when the Solar comfort overheats and the solid oak cabinet catches fire it will produce heat using no electricity at all, which is much more efficient than a heat pump

  8. #8
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    Originally posted by senior tech
    And you could offer an ionic breeze as a filtering system to go with it...
    oh my...LOL, or one of them Paul Harvey filters...does he still push them things?

    Bobby

  9. #9
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    Originally posted by craig1
    Originally posted by bwal2
    Calculations show that the Solar Comfort will heat more efficiently than the Heat Pump.

    How can that be?


    Simple, when the Solar comfort overheats and the solid oak cabinet catches fire it will produce heat using no electricity at all, which is much more efficient than a heat pump
    There ya go!

    I didn't see the BIG picture!

    LOL

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