The iHeater website (www.iheaters.com if you want a laugh) opens with "Save up to 50% on your heating bills". It's funny how they cite no technical evidence of this fact. Why? Because it's not true. I might as well sell a heater and say, "Save 99% on your heating bills!". It seems gullible customers love outrageous claims. If you are looking to buy one of these expensive space heaters, don't be suckered in because it's an "infrared" heater.
An iHeater may save you money, but it will do so the same way any space heater saves you money! And it won't save you 50% on your heating bills. They claim that you will save money because you are heating a space instead of your whole home. But chances are you will want to have heat in more than one room!
Doubt me? Well, how would you feel if Consumer Reports weighed in on space heaters that sound too good to be true? Lucky for you they have when Consumer Reports wrote a review on the Edenpure heater (which is very similar to the iHeater):
For every degree that you lower your home thermostat in the winter, you'll save about 3 percent on heating costs. So the only way to really save with a space heater would be to use the unit in the room you're in and turn down the thermostat elsewhere in the house so that your main heating system would not operate. To save 50 percent on your heating bill, you'd have to lower the home thermostat about 17°F. Also, based on national average fuel prices, using an electric space costs more than twice as much to operate as a natural-gas-fueled central-heating system.
I referenced the Consumer Reports article when I wrote about the Edenpure heater for Mapawatt. Along with the post we wrote on Edenpure, we also wrote about Sunheat heater (Sunheat/Edenpure/iHeater are all expensive heaters that promise way too much). And according to this comment on the iHeater on Ripoffreport.com, not only does the iHeater make bogus claims, they also have a no-exchange policy and poor customer service.
I don't know about you, but I'm not about to be suckered into paying too much for a product that has poor customer service and won't live up to its claims. But hey, if you have no other way to heat your home, try it out and let us know how it works for you.